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Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill

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Capitol Hill, while a euphemism for Congress, is also the largest historic neighborhood in DC, spanning along wide avenues to the east of the U.S. Capitol for two square miles and including 35,000 people.

Located on the crest of the hill is, of course, the U.S. Capitol, selected by city architect Pierre L'Enfant as the perfect location for the city's most important structure. Also in this storied neighborhood is the Supreme Court building, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Union Station, and the U.S. Botanic Garden.

But for those who live in this neighborhood, the streets are generally quiet, leafy, and full of charming Victorian homes. The area of East Capitol Street runs through the neighborhood center and is mostly residential, while Pennsylvania Avenue in the other direction offers a commercial center, along with Barracks Row. Every Saturday and Sunday, the Eastern Market and Flea Market provide eclectic shopping opportunities.

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