The U Street Corridor, sometimes called Cardozo/Shaw or Cardozo, is a commercial and residential district in Northwest Washington, D.C., most of which also constitutes the Greater U Street Historic District. It is centered along a nine-block stretch of U Street from 9th to 18th streets NW, from the 1920s until the 1960s was the city’s black entertainment hub, called “Black Broadway” and “the heart of black culture in Washington, D.C.”. After a period of decline following the 1968 riots, the economy picked up with the 1991 opening of the U Street metro station. With subsequent gentrification the population diversified and as of 2017 is est. 67% non-Hispanic White and 18% African American. Since 2013, thousands of new residents have moved into large new luxury apartment buildings. U Street is now promoted as a “happening” neighborhood for upscale yet “hip” and “eclectic” dining and shopping, its live music and nightlife, as well as one of the most significant African American heritage districts in the country.
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