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Curbed Cup 1st round: (8) Adams Morgan vs. (9) Columbia Heights

Which neighborhood should advance? Cast your vote now!

Adams Morgan
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Adams Morgan

Photo via Ted Eytan

This dynamic neighborhood is known for its crowded nightlife on 18th Street NW as well as its diverse population with independently-owned retail and restaurant options.

Earlier this year, NeighborhoodX deemed Adams Morgan one of the best neighborhoods for landlords to invest in. There are also quite a number of big development either being planned or currently underway, such as the SunTrust Plaza redevelopment and the Italian Embassy conversion. There are also plans for more affordable housing, sustainability, and pedestrian access.

Columbia Heights

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Columbia Heights is known for its variety of retail options, from Target to Bed Bath and Beyond to Best Buy. It also has a variety of quirky, cool bar and restaurant options, especially on 11th Street NW. Columbia Heights is also one of the most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods in the city. Another big plus to the area is the Meridian Hill Park.

It was once a primarily residential neighborhood, but in the early part of the twentieth century, the area transformed into an urban center. The 1968 riots caused a myriad of residents to move out and stores to become vacant, though, according to We Love DC. After the Columbia Heights Metro station opened in 1999, developers created a new neighborhood center and mall.

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