14th Street Food Crawl

USA, Washington D.C. Guide (B): 14th Street Food Crawl

Walking along Washington DC’s 14th Street today, with its luxury condos and trendy restaurants, there are few signs of its checkered past. Fourteenth Street was a prominent shopping district in the mid-50s, and has always served as a major transportation corridor, carrying people through the city and over the Potomac via the 14th Street bridge.

Things changed suddenly in 1968 following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This was the center of the ensuing riots that destroyed over a thousand buildings, many of which remained empty for decades. Residents left the city for the suburbs and the void was filled in the 1980’s by strip clubs, drug dealers and prostitution. This red light district is the 14th Street that I remember from my college years. We just didn’t go there.

The area started turning around with rising property values and the opening of Whole Foods on 14th and P in 2000. Development projects have added over a thousand residential units and new retail spaces. Between 2012 and 2013, twenty four new restaurants opened between Florida and Rhode Island Avenues, as shown in this Washington Post article that shows great before and after photos down the new 14th Street. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 14th Street Food Crawl
Guide Location: USA » Washington D.C.
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Julia B. Wilde
Read it on Author's Website: https://jillsurbanfoodcrawls.com/2015/02/28/14th-street-food-crawl/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Le Diplomate
  • Barcelona Wine Bar
  • Doi Moi
  • Bar Pilar
  • The Gibson

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