Washington DC Identity Card
- Area: 177 km² Population: 694 inhabitants (000 million with the suburbs).
- Density Mayor: Muriel Bowser (since 2015; member of the Democratic Party).
The backbone of the city, it is a huge green belt lined with memorials and museums, most of them free. It stretches 3 km, from the Lincoln Memorial in the west to the Capitol in the east. In the middle (or almost): the Washington Monument. Unmissable.
North of the Mall and at the gates of the White House, the n & rsquot-on district, at the crossroads of H Street and 8th Street (M.: Gallery Place) the classic triumphal gate in the shape of a pagoda. Other "districts": Penn Quarter, Federal Triangle, Mount Vernon Square...
This is west of the Mall.
H Street NE
Northeast of itself. Another option is to take the small streetcar streetcar that goes all the way up H Street from Union Station to the Anacostia River in the east.
This vast residential area with pretty houses and tree-lined streets stretches east of the Capitol and south of Union Station. Animation focuses on Barracks Row (8th Street) which aligns restaurants, bistros and shops.
Capitol Riverfront, Navy Yard
These are the neighborhoods south / southeast of Capitol Hill, the shipyards and arsenal are gradually transformed into a business and residential district, but the area lacks soul (chains like everywhere). Still a pleasant stroll along the river, but nothing that really justifies pushing here.
East of the river, it is one of the main black neighborhoods of the city (over 90%), poor, but slowly starting to wake up; new arrivals are taking over its old wooden houses.
South of the Mall, the old docks are experiencing a new lease of life with a recent proliferation of bars, restaurants, concert venues and chic hotels. Boats provide service to Georgetown and Alexandria.
North of M Street
Central and treouest, between Massachusetts and Connecticut, Kalorama, much more residential, is known for its very beautiful residences (the Alliance Française has settled there). Massachusetts Avenue, aka Embassy row, aligns more than a hundred embassies.
Just north of Downtown, its central axis is not so much Logan Circle as 14th Street, which is lined with many restaurants and places to go out.
East of the previous one, this quintessential black district, abandoned by the authorities in the 1970s, saw many demonstrations and riots in its time. North side, the U Street Corridor - a charming street, where restaurants, clubs, bars and trendy clubs line up - began to revive with the arrival of the metro in the 1990s. Shaw is one of the most fashionable neighborhoods: many beautiful restaurants, cafes and small independent shops flourish there. The gentrification that began in the 2010s continues, particularly in the west; in the east, we are still in a transition phase. Only 50% of Shaw's population is still black today.
North of Dupont Circle, it was for a long time the Latin quarter, become multiethnic and multicultural. Invested by artists, intellectuals and misfits of all stripes, it is also very popular with students. Plethora of exotic restaurants, bars, bookstores and boutiques. Nice atmosphere and big nightlife, especially on 18th Street, its central axis.
Further north, this ex-chic suburb (until the 1st half of the 1970th century) experienced the same tumble as Shaw or Logan Circle in the 1999s, before starting to revive with the arrival of the metro in XNUMX. On the other hand, even if it is also affected by gentrification, its population is still quite mixed today and the walk is pleasant.
Atend or in the evening.
How to find your way around Washington?
It was a Frenchman who, after American independence, imagined Washington. Nothing very alluring a priori: an effective grid plan, crossed by large diagonal axes punctuated by circles (round squares) equidistant, connecting neighborhoods to streets bearing for all names numbers and letters.
From the Capitol depart 4 axes : North Capitol, South Capitol, East Capitol and the Mall. They divide the city into quadrants : NW (North West), NE (North East), SW (South West) and SE (South East). The main north-south streets are numbered-west are designated by a letter of the alphabet.
Attention, there is no A or B streets. A Street is, in fact, the Mall and East Capitol Street, while B Street has been renamed Constitution Avenue north of the Mall and Independence Avenue to the south.
Wherever you go, finding a number is ultimately pretty simple: “1209 M St NW”, for example, will be located on M Street between 12th and 13th Street north of the Mall and west of the Capitol. . Be careful, however, in the immediate vicinity of the Capitol, it can be more difficult to be sure which quadrant you are in. It's a bit like looking for the north with a compass when you are already at the North Pole!