THE COLUMBIA RAILWAY COMPANY was founded in 1870. The streetcar line along H Street NE was established in 1872.

As H Street continues to grow, ongoing rehabilitation and streetscape projects are constantly improving the appearance and comfort of the neighborhood.

Twenty percent of the 286 parcels fronting onto H Street were vacant in 2003. Today, significant mixed-use development projects are planned for most. Development will soon occur at these key sites:

  • The former BP/Amoco site at 3rd & H Street
  • The Old Sears site at Maryland Avenue & K Street NE
  • The 200 block south side of H Street
  • 1100 block of H Street NE.

Redevelopment projects are also planned for 601-645 H Street and the H Street Connection Site in the 800 block. Each of these projects will produce new Class A retail space to be made available to local and national retail stores. A powerful indicator of the desirability of H Street is that most of these projects are occurring without public subsidy.