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The art of rebirth: booming eateries, retailers and housing

By Nicole L. Gill
Photos by Jerald Council


The rebirth of a city inspires economic prosperity and generates new life. D.C.’s population as of the 2015 Census was 672,228, and is expected to reach 808,000 by 2030, according to the Washington DC Economic Partnership, a nonprofit that promotes economic development in the city. New restaurants, retailers, residential units and mixed-use developments contribute to D.C. as a premier shopping and entertainment destination. In fact, Bon Appétit recently named D.C. as the 2016 Restaurant City of the Year. A distinct and modern city is emerging. 

Penn Quarter, NW, corner of 7th and E streets

Penn Quarter, NW, corner of 7th and E streets

DowntownDC Business Improvement District has 700,000 square feet of retail space*

Logan Circle, NW, Shinola (Upscale Retailer)

Logan Circle, NW, Shinola (Upscale Retailer)

Shinola has a 5,000-square-foot showroom on 14th Street, NW*

U Street corridor, NW, 13/U residential development

U Street corridor, NW, 13/U residential development

About 130 residences will sit atop street-level retailers at the corner of 13th and U streets, NW, according to 13/U

Capitol Riverfront, SE, Canal Basin at Yards Park

Capitol Riverfront, SE, Canal Basin at Yards Park

3 million people visited recreation area along Anacostia River*

Shaw, NW, Warby Parker

Shaw, NW, Warby Parker

443,700 square feet of retail space has been completed since 2001*

Shaw, NW, Shaw Library

Shaw, NW, Shaw Library

$3.8 billion in new projects completed in area since 2001*

14th and U streets, NW, Trader Joe's

14th and U streets, NW, Trader Joe's

Specialty grocer is one of four in the 14th & U streets/Logan Circle area*

Shaw, NW, Declaration restaurant

Shaw, NW, Declaration restaurant

Shaw Main Streets was honored as a Great American Main Street 

Shaw, NW, Hazel restaurant

Shaw, NW, Hazel restaurant

Hazel joins 40 new retailers and restaurants to recently open in the neighborhood*

Shaw, NW, Howard Theatre

Shaw, NW, Howard Theatre

Howard Theatre reopened in 2012 after a 32-year hiatus, the theater says, bringing performances back to famed venue

Shaw, NW, Atlantic Plumbing

Shaw, NW, Atlantic Plumbing

Mixed-use development features Landmark TheatresTasty Burger and apartments

Shaw, NW, Wonder Bread factory

Shaw, NW, Wonder Bread factory

New tech hub is home to WeWork and iStrategyLabs*

Truxton Circle, NW, ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar

Truxton Circle, NW, ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar

Florida Avenue restaurant is D.C.'s first cidery

Bloomingdale, NW, Old Engine 12 Restaurant

Bloomingdale, NW, Old Engine 12 Restaurant

North Capitol Street -- home to Old Engine 12 -- is one of four commercial corridors in North Capitol district*

Capitol Riverfront, SE, Yards Park bridge

Capitol Riverfront, SE, Yards Park bridge

5,000 residents live in Capitol Riverfront district along the Anacostia River*

Southwest Waterfront, SW, The Wharf

Southwest Waterfront, SW, The Wharf

The Wharf development as seen across the Washington Channel from East Potomac Park

Southwest Waterfront, SW, The Wharf

Southwest Waterfront, SW, The Wharf

683 hotel rooms and 872 housing units will be part of Phase 1 of The new Wharf*

NoMa, NE, Union Market

NoMa, NE, Union Market

Union Market, a fresh culinary and artisan destination spot revitalized

NoMa, NE, future home of REI

NoMa, NE, future home of REI

Uline Arena project will have 70,000 square feet of retail space and 174,000 square feet of office space, according to Douglas Development

H Street, NE, DC Streetcar

H Street, NE, DC Streetcar

70,778 passengers rode the streetcar in July, according to D.C. Department of Transportation

East Capitol Street, SE, residences

East Capitol Street, SE, residences

Recently built homes are across the street from planned Capitol Gateway marketplace*

Minnesota Avenue, NE, Park 7 apartments, retail

Minnesota Avenue, NE, Park 7 apartments, retail

376 apartments sit atop retailers such as Dunkin Donuts, Sala Thai and America's Kids

Shaw, NW, City Market at O

Shaw, NW, City Market at O

$330 million development with Giant supermarket, hotel and residences*

Petworth, NW, Safeway grocery store

Petworth, NW, Safeway grocery store

150,000 square feet of retail space built near Georgia Avenue-Petworth metro station*

Shepherd Park, NW, Georgia Row at Walter Reed condo

Shepherd Park, NW, Georgia Row at Walter Reed condo

On average, the closing price of a home in the area was $646,000*

Brightwood, NW, Walmart

Brightwood, NW, Walmart

Walmart site sold for $32.1 million*

Bellevue, SW, Trinity Plaza

Bellevue, SW, Trinity Plaza

49 apartments sit atop 6,000 square feet of retail space along South Capitol Street*

Chinatown, NW, Friendship Archway

Chinatown, NW, Friendship Archway

700,000 square feet of retail space located in downtown D.C.*