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Georgetown

Georgetown
Georgetown

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Predating Washington DC itself and the only town in the area at its founding in 1751, Georgetown's prime location near the Potomac River made it a major port and industrial center in colonial times. It also gained early status as Washington's most fashionable quarter, although it experienced a dark period in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the decline of its industries turned it into a depressed slum. By the 1930s, however, it had again regained its attraction, as several members of Franklin Roosevelt's administration moved into the area. Gentrification was in full swing by the 1950s when John F. Kennedy and several other prestigious families made it their home.

Today Georgetown is one of the most affluent neighborhoods of Washington DC, the home to many politicians and prominent individuals including John Kerry, Bob Woodward, and Madeline Albright. Its old industrial waterfront has been revitalized, and the primary retail areas along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, boast high-end shops, bars, and restaurants, as well as the luxury Four Seasons hotel. Along the side streets, visitors can enjoy quiet, leafy streets lined with colonial row houses.

Georgetown is home to the main campus of Georgetown University as well as some historic house museums, including the Dumbarton House, Tudor Place, and the Old Stone House, which is the oldest standing building in the city. In addition, several embassies, including France, Sweden, and Thailand's, are located here.

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