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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