Located near the banks of the Anacostia River, this historic neighborhood continues to flourish with its dynamic small businesses environment, thriving arts scene, and booming real estate market.

Anacostia’s commercial corridors are centrally located between the U.S. Navy Yard and St. Elizabeths West Campus – future home of the Department of Homeland Security – and located in HUB Zones with excellent access provided by Metrorail, Capital Bikeshare, I-295, I-395 and the Suitland Parkway.


  • The HIVE 2.0, a small business incubator, is home to more than 55 entrepreneurs, including Mahogany Books, Nubian Hueman, and the Fresh Food Factory Market.
  • Busboys & Poets opened a full-service restaurant and Hospitality & Culinary Leadership Institute in 2019.
  • Anacostia is home to cultural destinations including American Islamic Heritage Museum, Anacostia Arts Center, Anacostia Playhouse, Craig Kraft Studio, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Vivid Solutions Gallery, Honfleur Gallery, Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, Project Create, and WeAct Radio.
  • Annual special events include the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, Anacostia River Festival, Flower Power, the Anacostia Jazz Hop, and Lumen8.


6,132 Total Area Employment

  • Health Care & Social Assistance: 31%
  • Public Administration: 8%
  • Construction: 8%


  • MLK Gateway I: 48,500 SF mixed-use project with 14,000 SF of retail and the new HQ for cybersecurity firm Enlightened has started construction.
  • Maple View Flats: 114 residential units & 15,000 SF of retail (anchored by a future Starbucks) delivered in 2019.
  • 1615 Good Hope Road: Plans call for 56 multifamily units & 10,000 SF of commercial space.
  • Reunion Square: The next phase will include 134 residential units, up to 393,000 SF of office, and 24,000 SF of retail/cultural uses.
  • The Clara (2311–2323 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.): Plans call for an 80-unit affordable housing project with 11,000 SF of ground floor retail.


  • Anacostia’s commercial corridors are designated Great Streets corridors
    and small businesses can apply for grants to cover capital improvements and certain soft costs. In 2019, up to $50,000 was awarded per location.
  • The 11th Street Bridge project will create new dynamic community space and provide enhanced connections across the river to the Capitol Hill and Capitol Riverfront neighborhoods in 2023.

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