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The Penn Quarter is bounded by Massachusetts Avenue to the North, Pennsylvania Avenue to the South, 4th Street to the West, and 10th Street to the East.

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The Penn Quarter, which shares a large portion of its boundaries with Chinatown is a neighborhood in the East End of Downtown DC. Penn Quarter, once home to dilapidated buildings and rundown store fronts went through a Renaissance in the mid to late 1980s, prompted by the vision of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation, who aimed turn the Penn Quarter neighborhood into DC's Times Square. The opening of the Verizon Center, a sports, event, and music venue in 1997 helped to propel the revitalization efforts.

Today the Penn Quarter houses several condo and apartment buildings, office buildings, hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, museums, theaters, bowling allies, and retail shops. Transportation in and out of the area could not be easier, as the neighborhood is served by two Metro stations; Metro Center on the Blue, Red and Orange lines and Gallery Place Chinatown Metro on the Red, Yellow and Green lines. Residents and visitors of the Penn Quarter have access to the entire city and beyond right at their fingertips. The combination of activities and accessibility account for the large numbers of people found in this area on any given day, or at any given time.

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Penn Quarter is home to both Metro Center and Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stations. The stops are serviced by the red, orange, blue, yellow and green lines.


Though no major grocery stores are located directly in Penn Quarter, but Safeway is located close by at 490 L Street. The Penn Quarter Bodega is supposed to be opening soon in an unnamed location.



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