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U Street Corridor

U Street Corridor
U Street Corridor

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Known years ago as "Black Broadway" for its many jazz clubs and the place where Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Cab Calloway once performed, the U Street Corridor is again coming into its own as a hot, new nightlife destination. The primary area spans the blocks from 9th Street to 16th Street, and includes dozens of restaurants and nightlife that attract enthusiastic crowds each evening, especially on weekends.

The heart of the city's African American community, the area attracted freedom seekers in the 1860s and the related churches that still exist today. By the early 20th century, it was the largest urban African American community in the country (surpassed by Harlem in the 1920s). But, like many other neighborhoods, much of it was damaged in the 1968 riots, and the area fell into decline until the 1990s when the metro station opened, attracting new visitors to the area.

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