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Old Posted Mar 19, 2014, 4:52 AM
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Adams Morgan l Washington, D.C.

This is Adams Morgan!


http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...ams_morgan.jpg, By Msclguru

Last Friday, I hoped on the train just on impulse with my camera and headed into DC. Didn't know where I was going but then I decided I loved what I saw around the Zoo in the Woodley Park neighborhood from past visits so I transferred to the red line. Seeing that Woodley Park and Adams Morgan share a metro station, I decided to head to Adams Morgan which I had only briefly visited in the past. I walked across Rock Creek Park on the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge, named after the genius that was Duke Ellington who was a DC native. It is an absolutely beautiful neighborhood. It has so many cute shops, houses, and its really bustling. I didn't reach the entirety of the neighborhood and probably slipped out of its boundaries a few times, but this is the general area.

The name Adams Morgan comes from combining the names to two formerly segregated schools, the black Thomas P. Morgan Elementary School that is no longer, and the white John Quincy Adams Elementary School. When DC schools were desegregated in 1955, the Adams Morgan Community Council was formed and drew new lines for their newly renamed neighborhood that fused the former neighborhoods of Washington Heights, Lanier Heights, Kalorama-Triangle Historic District and Meridian Hill into one.

The neighborhood is very diverse. When I walked around it looked like a pretty even mixture of White, Black, and Hispanic, with perhaps a slightly more Hispanic population mostly due to the fact that the neighborhood has been a gateway for immigrants since the 1960s.

It's also a center for Nightlife in DC, and competes with Dupont and Georgetown in that respect. I've never been down at night though! The resurgence of growth in DC over the past decade has led to a lot of hipsters moving into the neighborhood, which is rather interesting. I'm pretty sure housing prices have grown significantly in the neighborhood since their arrival. The neighborhood is growing again, which is great. It is currently home to about 15,000 people, down from its prime in 1950 of 21,000, but higher than its low of 14,000 in 2000. The neighborhood is in Northwest, and surrounded by the neighborhoods of Dupont Circle, Columbia heights, Kalorama-Sheridan, and Mount Pleasant.

Ive been playing around with selective color, just for fun!

Buckle up! Here we go!!


18th Street, the main commercial drag in Adams Morgan
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2. Renovation on Columbia road. Lots of rehabs in the area


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5. Duke Ellington Bridge as evening approaches. The bridge was designed by Paul Philippe Cret in a neoclassical style and constructed in 1935. Flows over Rock Creek


6. Unity in Diversity Statue the intersection of Euclid and Champlain Streets. This part of the neighborhood is mostly Hispanic with a lot of shops on Columbia Road


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15. Businesses on Columbia road


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19. Like a lot of DC neighborhoods, Adams Morgan is very bike friendly. This is over the Duke Ellington Bridge with Woodley Park in the background


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21. Duke's Bridge on the right, with the William Howard Taft bridge to the left. the Taft bridge was constructed in Classical Revival style and built between 1897–1907.It is apparently the largest unreinforced concrete structure in the world. Underneath is Rock Creek and Rock Creek Park which offers some pretty dramatic elevation changes


22. This is actually Woodley Park, which is also a very busy neighborhood. The metro is actually in this neighborhood on Connecticut Avenue. Woodley Park lies west of Adams Morgan, just across Rock Creek


23. These houses are on a steep grade behind them. The National Zoo is directly behind them as well in Rock Creek Park


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31. A field in Walter C Pierce Community Park


32. Looking south down 18th street toward the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Farragut Square (The domed structure towards the left)


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37. National Baptist Memorial Church in the background on Columbia Road. Surprisingly hard to find info on it. It's located in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood


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40. Apartment buildings line Columbia Road across from Kalorama Park


41. 18th again


42. Looking south down Connecticut Avenue towards the Dupont Circle neighborhood


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Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro Station
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Now back to College Park
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2014, 7:04 AM
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Nice pics and colours! Thanks for sharing, marcus.

I´ve liked the area you covered. Adams Morgan looks a very living neighbourhood. I like its houses and its open spaces. I´m sure it´s a good place to live in Washigton, D.C.

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain.
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Nice!

This is a neighborhood just doesn't change much, despite the goings on in the rest of the city. Same mix of bars and clubs as 20 years ago.
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Very nice! My interest in Adams Morgan has been piqued with your photo tour. I should spend some time there when in DC again.
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Thanks for the comments guys!

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Nice!

This is a neighborhood just doesn't change much, despite the goings on in the rest of the city. Same mix of bars and clubs as 20 years ago.
I'm surprised it seems the same as twenty years ago, given some obvious physical changes with new condos and such. I'm sure it will change in a few years though!
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what a great city... as every bit glorious as I remember her.
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Great thread, interesting to see your take on DC after seeing all the excellent Baltimore threads.

I like this scene:

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Dandy set of pics marcus. Fun to see a marcus take on this funky DC hood. Thanks.
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Thanks for the comments guys!

I'm surprised it seems the same as twenty years ago, given some obvious physical changes with new condos and such. I'm sure it will change in a few years though!
Yeah there are some changes, just relatively speaking when you compare to say the convention center area/Noma and points east, or U st/14 st, or Southwest.

Adam's Morgan (specifically the main drag) kind of serves its function as a venue for 'bros' drinking and the change is mostly new, small-scale developments (20 units not 200, etc). Plenty of nice architecture though.

I also wish they would eliminate that trashy Madam's Organ sign, never liked it.
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It's great to see my old neighborhood....nice little place to live. I passed there this past December during the holidays and it's still the same but improved. It seemed smaller than I remember it but still nice!
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Excellent set, especially #26 and #46.
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Thanks so much guys! I appreciate it!!

And thanks Ex and Nineties! This was my first time taking photos in DC, not sure why, but I can guarantee more DC threads in the future, plus some more Baltimore as always! I already have the pictures for a DC and Baltimore thread that will hopefully both be posted within the month!

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Yeah there are some changes, just relatively speaking when you compare to say the convention center area/Noma and points east, or U st/14 st, or Southwest.

Adam's Morgan (specifically the main drag) kind of serves its function as a venue for 'bros' drinking and the change is mostly new, small-scale developments (20 units not 200, etc). Plenty of nice architecture though.

I also wish they would eliminate that trashy Madam's Organ sign, never liked it.
Haha how do other locals feel about the Madam Organ sign? I kind of liked it in a must-be-a-local-landmark kind of way!
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Thumbs up.

FYI, the building in your picture #13 is the Cairo, aka the reason DC has a height limit. It was built in the 1890s and shocked people so much that they got a height limit enacted. If it were built any time in the last century, it could not be nearly so tall.
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I LOVED this area of DC when I lived there.

18th St was my hang out place, and I went to Tryst all the time for coffee, to study, as well as to have a few drinks of wine.

It looks as if the businesses on 18th St are mostly the same from when I lived there (2003-2006), and that's quite mind boggling because I moved from there nearly 8 years ago.

Definitely want to go back to visit some day...
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Great pics! This is a neighborhood I could definitely live in. Still have never made it to DC but really need to get out there.

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I also wish they would eliminate that trashy Madam's Organ sign, never liked it.
No way! Really? That mural is amazing! You really shouldn't say such things, as that set of buildings would really look much more plain and boring without it. That strip has a real funky vibe to it, and that mural has a lot to do with it.

Marcus, how do locals feel about it? Well I don't know, but I'm assuming they like it. I've never met anyone who doesn't like boobs, and that includes women
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Great pics! This is a neighborhood I could definitely live in. Still have never made it to DC but really need to get out there.



No way! Really? That mural is amazing! You really shouldn't say such things, as that set of buildings would really look much more plain and boring without it. That strip has a real funky vibe to it, and that mural has a lot to do with it.

Marcus, how do locals feel about it? Well I don't know, but I'm assuming they like it. I've never met anyone who doesn't like boobs, and that includes women
I'm not a local so I don't know! I think the sign really gives the building character and the neighborhood a landmark, though. I like the sign. It's pretty distinctive! Also, yeah, doesn't everyone like boobs? I'm a gay man and I give it a thumbs up!
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