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Capitol Hill is bounded on the east by the Anacostia River, to the north is the H Street corridor, to the south are the Southeast/Southwest Freeway and the Washington Navy Yard, and to the west are the National Mall and the city's central business district.

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Capitol Hill is the largest historic residential neighborhood in DC. It is also one of the most densely populated neighborhoods with over 35,000 residents.

Capitol Hill, designed by Pierre L'Enfant, the mastermind and architect who created the plans for Washington DC, developed when the government began work at both the Capitol and the Washington Navy Yard. The neighborhood itself used to be home to several boarding houses which accommodated members of Congress and their staff. It wasn't until the Washington Navy Yard was fully operational in 1799 was there a need for permanent residences to be established. The Civil War led to the further development of the area with the construction of hospitals, houses and roads. In the 1890s Capitol Hill was among the first neighborhoods to have electricity, piped water and plumbing.

Capitol Hill experienced periods of economic hardship, crime and a serious drug outbreak during the 1980's crack epidemic. It has since made a full recovery and today is a thriving community.

Today, Capitol Hill is made up of residential, commercial and of course, government buildings. It is home to the United States Capitol, the Senate House office buildings, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Marine Barracks, the Washington Navy Yard, and the Congressional Cemetery. The commercial corridor of Capitol Hill is comprised of several restaurants, bars, shops and the famous Eastern Market. Eastern Market is a public market, established in 1873 where vendors sell fresh meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and other goods.

Capitol Hill has more of a smaller town neighborhood feel than most of its urban neighbors, and the residents pride themselves on being a tight-knit community.

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With its location in the heart of Washington DC, transportation in Capitol Hill is easy. The Union Station, Eastern Market and Capitol South Metro stops all serve the neighborhood, providing residents direct access to the red, orange, and blue lines. In addition, Amtrak, running out of Union Station, connects Capitol Hill to the entire east coast.


Safeway - 415 14th Street SE
Harris Teeter - 1350 Potomac Avenue SE
Eastern Market - 225 7th Street SE, provides residents with access to food from local farms and butchers.


Public Schools for Capitol Hill
Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School - 659 G Street NE
Brent Elementary School - 301 North Carolina Avenue SE
Peabody Elementary School - 425 C Street NE
Watkins Elementary School - 420 12th Street SE
Stuart-Hobson Middle School - 410 E Street NE
Jefferson Middle School - 801 7th Street SW
Eliot-Hine Middle School - 1830 Constitution Avenue NE
Dunbar High School - 1301 New Jersey Avenue
Eastern High School - 1700 East Capitol Street NE

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