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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (1) H Street NE vs. (8) Adams Morgan

Which neighborhood should advance? Cast your vote now!

Adams Morgan
Photo via Ted Eytan

H Street NE

Atlas Performing Arts Center
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Smallbones
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Smallbones

The Washington Post once described H Street as "reborn." After the 1968 riots, H Street Corridor was known for boarded-up buildings, but now the one-and-a-half mile stretch is known as Washington, D.C.'s second-largest commercial hub. It is also expected to gain over 1,200 new residential units in the next few years. A variety of conversions are also in the works, from a body shop to a church.

The area is also known as the Atlas District due to the area housing the Atlas Center for the Performing Arts. Along with Petworth, H Street Corridor is one of the most home flipped neighborhoods in the District, according to DataLensDC.

It is expected to get a new mixed-use project where the H Street Connection shopping center is, as well as a new coworking space and artist incubator space in other locations.

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.