Located near the banks of the Anacostia River, this historic neighborhood is enjoying a renaissance with burgeoning small businesses, local entrepreneurs, a thriving arts scene and a burgeoning 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.

MLK Gateway

Five parcels at Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. & Good Hope Road will be redeveloped into a $25 million, 50,500 SF mixed-use project with 22,000 SF of retail (anchored by Good Food Markets, City First Bank & Smith Commons) and the new HQ for cybersecurity firm Enlightened Inc.


Population Growth within 0.5 miles (2010–2016).

Small Business Hub

The HIVE 2.0, a small business incubator, is home to more than 55 entrepreneurs. In addition, Busboys & Poets will open a full-service restaurant and Hospitality and Culinary Leadership Institute in 2017.

Arts & Cultural Destination

Anacostia is home to the American Islamic Heritage Museum, Anacostia Arts Center, Anacostia Playhouse, Craig Kraft Studio, Frederick Douglass National. Historic Site, Vivid Solutions Gallery, Honfleur Gallery, The Den, Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, Project Create and WeAct Radio. Annual special events include the Anacostia River Festival and Flower Power.

Community Investments

  • 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 2016, up to $85,000 was awarded per location.
  • A new pilot program will install Smart City Kiosks that will function similarly to life-size smart phones with touchscreens and will provide free Wi-Fi.

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*All demographic data is for within 0.5 miles.