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H Street

Juliette Borda, NY Times

IT’S been almost 40 years since riots ripped through Washington in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and few areas were hit harder than the H Street Northeast corridor. Running from just north of Union Station toward the Anacostia River, H Street never fully recovered, even as other riot-scarred neighborhoods began picking up in the 1990s.

Over the last few years, though, H Street, also known as the Atlas District, has seen a marked revival. Four years ago, half of the street’s 300 storefronts were empty; now only about 45 sit unoccupied. The area’s anchor is a collection of bars and music clubs opened last year by a local entrepreneur named Joe Englert, who also helped drive the night-life explosion in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood.

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