The longest commercial corridor in the District
Distinctive urban row houses, pastoral parks, historic institutions and growing businesses fronting the longest commercial corridor in the District, Petworth and Park View are emerging as vital urban neighborhoods that delivers all of the advantages of city living.
Strategically situated along the Georgia Avenue corridor the area is easily accessible by DC residents as well as Maryland commuters. More than 19,700 cars enter the neighborhood every day on Georgia Avenue, while thousands more arrive via New Hampshire Avenue. Residents have quick access to hospitals, Howard University and many recreational amenities within Rock Creek Park.
New investment has also brought new residences, businesses and restaurants to the area. More than 850 new residential units have been built within a half-mile of the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metrorail Station since 2005 and with another 249 units under construction and with 914 in the pipeline this area will continue to be a residential hot spot. This development has helped fuel an uptick in new retail businesses serving the community’s growing population, including a significant number of new restaurants.
Along Georgia Avenue, a burgeoning restaurant scene is emerging in Petworth and Park View. New eateries continue to join neighborhood staples such as DOMKU, Looking Glass Lounge, and Bill’s Seafood Kitchen. Mothership, described by the Washington Post as “born from the streets, and it exudes a gritty personality so different from many Washington restaurants” opened in 2013 and joined other recent arrivals such as Petworth Citizen and Chez Billy.
The quaint main street feel of Petworth can be experienced along Upshur Street, just north of the Metrorail Station, where local street-activating retail adds to the neighborhood charm. During the warmer months when the Petworth Farmer’s market is in season, approximately 25 vendors sell local produce and goods along 9th Street, NW, between Upshur Street and Georgia Avenue. Georgia Avenue, and several adjacent corridors, are designated Great Streets corridors and District-supported revitalization areas. As funds become available, new and existing small businesses have the opportunity to apply for reimbursable grants of up to $85,000 per location to cover capital improvement costs.
2015/16 DC Doing Business Guide
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