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Columbia Heights is bounded by Spring Road to the north, Florida Avenue to the south, Georgia Avenue to the east and 16th Street to the west

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Once farmland on the estate of the Holmead family, Columbia Heights began developing as a suburb of Washington soon after the Civil War. Much of this early development can be attributed to Senator John Sherman who purchased the land and named it Columbia Heights after Columbian College (now GW University) which used to occupy much of that land.

In the early part of the 1900s, development of Columbia Heights was designed to attract the upscale tastes of the higher-ups in the Federal Government. During this time, Columbia Heights was an affluent part of the City. Columbia Heights then moved from a quaint, sleepy neighborhood to a densely populated urban community in the early part of the 20th Century, with the construction of several large apartment buildings. In 1914 street car lines were introduced and provided the residents of Columbia Heights with quick access to the city center. In the 1930s and 1940s Columbia Heights became home to a thriving, middle-class, African American community and prominent individuals such as jazz legend, Duke Ellington.

The assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 incited devastating riots in Columbia Heights along with many other neighborhoods in the City. These riots destroyed much of the neighborhood and left the area desolate for decades.

The area went through a rebirth in 1999 with the opening of the Columbia Heights Metro. Revival Efforts continued in the following years with the opening of the Target shopping complex which hosts several restaurants, bars, shops, condos, and office space. The Restoration of the famous Tivoli Square also helped return Columbia Heights back to its former glory.

Columbia Heights is still one of the most ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhoods in the city. It is a thriving community with retail, housing, office space, entertainment and dining at your fingertips. The Metro provides people great access in and out of the area.

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Columbia Heights is served by the Columbia Heights Metro stop on the yellow and green lines. Its opening sparked an influx of new residents and development in the neighborhood.


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