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T H E R E T U R N O F S T R E E T C A R S
Streetcars ran on H Street from 1872 till around 1960,
carrying as many as 3.3 million passengers a month.
They are set to make a comeback when a new light rail
system (left) begins operations later this year.
The H Street Festival (below)
is a yearly event featuring
performances and local artists.
Last year, it drew a record crowd of
100,000
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R O A D M A R K E R S
It’s hard to believe that
this up and coming hipster
neighbourhood in north-
east Washington DC had
lain in a decimated state
for decades following riots
after Martin Luther King
Jr.’s assassination, before its
recent revitalisation.
BY KIM
TAY
HStreet
Corridor
1814
British troops
march through the
H Street area on
their way to burn
down the US Capitol
andWhite House,
during theWar of
1812 between the
US and England.
1835
Trains of the
Baltimore and Ohio
Railroad Company
begin rolling into
a station near
H Street, bringing
employment and
attracting middle-
class residents to
the district.
1968
H Street is
devastated by
race riots after the
assassination of
Martin Luther King
Jr., contributing to
the decline of the
neighbourhood.
2006
The opening of the
Rock & Roll Hotel
DC, a premier live
music venue, marks
the beginning
of H Street’s
transformation
into an arts and
entertainment hub.
ATLAS PERFORMING
ARTS CENTER
Reopened in
2006 after major
renovations, the
1938 Art Deco
movie house is now
home to cultural
organisations,
theatres (above),
dance studios and
rehearsal spaces.
atlasarts.org
MUST-VISITS
H STREET
COUNTRY CLUB
This Mexican bar-
restaurant houses
the city’s only
indoor miniature
golf course
(above), complete
with replicas of
Washington DC
attractions such
as theWashington
Monument.
thehstreet
countryclub.com
$2 to $4
Ticket prices to
The Beatles’ (right) first US
concert in 1964. It was held
at the Uline Arena (now the
Washington Coliseum), a few
blocks fromH Street.