U Street is a neighborhood in northwest Washington, DC. Largely developed between 1862 and 1900, much of the area surrounding the U Street corridor has been designated a historic district, with the construction of the area’s many Victorian row houses a result of the city’s rapid growth in the decades following the Civil War.
During the 2000s, the U Street corridor was significantly revitalized. Today, residents enjoy a wide range of shops, restaurants, arts, entertainment and nightlife. The birthplace of Duke Ellington, U Street is the center of Washington’s music scene, as the home to several historic theatres, including the Lincoln Theatre, Howard Theatre and Bohemian Caverns. Several significant music venues lie within the area, including the 9:30 Club, the Black Cat, DC 9, the U Street Music Hall, U-Topia, Twins Jazz and the Velvet Lounge.
U Street is served by the U Street/Cardozo/African-American War Memorial Station on the Green and Yellow lines of the MetroRail system.
The U Street Neighborhood Association represents residents and led the effort to designate the area a Historic District. Recreation The U Street area is served by Meridian Hill Park, unofficially known as Malcolm X Park, which
lies on the area’s Northwest border. A National Historic Landmark, the park is 12 acres of land planned in the Neoclassicist design. The park’s name is derived from its location on the exact longitude of the original District of Columbia milestone marker, set in 1791. The park is cherished for its tiered, formal gardens, cascading fountains, water basins and marble statues. Two long, grassy terraces at Meridian Park’s top attract pick-up soccer, bocce ball, Frisbee games, joggers, dog walkers and area children.