Welcome toWard 1
The smallest ward in terms of area, Ward 1 is the most densely populated one in the District. It is dominated by some of the best-known residential neighborhoods in the city, many of which have great historic significance for the local African-American and Latino populations.
While most of these neighborhoods are dominated by rowhouses, they are all distinct. Columbia Heights sits right in the middle of the ward, boasting beautiful historic townhomes, a major commercial core anchored by Target, the popular big box retailer, and landmarks such as the Tivoli Theater. The Adams Morgan neighborhood is home to an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and bars, and has long been a center for city nightlife for Millennials. This activity extends along the U Street Corridor, much of which serves as the southern boundary of the ward.
Mount Pleasant is known for its unique townhouses, strong international cultural mix and leafy streets that push into Rock Creek Park and up against the National Zoo. The Pleasant Plains neighborhood is home to Howard University, which also abuts the townhouses and gracious Victorian homes of historic LeDroit Park and portions of the Shaw neighborhood. Serving as a grand boulevard running through the center of the ward, 16the Street Northwest is lined with impressive apartment buildings, embassies, churches, and Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. Ward 1 is a culturally rich, intricate section of the city that serves many roles for many different people.