Rhode Island Avenue NE / Woodridge


BISECTED BY RHODE ISLAND AVENUE, and bounded by Eastern, South Dakota, and Michigan Avenues and Bladensburg Road NE, Woodridge offers large single-family lots, beautiful tree-lined streets, and wide sidewalks for outdoor seating and programming. As one of Pierre L’Enfant’s original streets, the corridor serves as a major commuter thoroughfare that connects the heart of downtown DC with Maryland’s suburbs.

Rhode Island Ave NE/Woodridge


Growth Along Rhode Island Avenue

  • Mills Place delivered 61 units in 2021, while The Heritage DC delivered 43 units with retail in 2022. Other residential developments are in the pipeline for 1522, 1544, and 2365 Rhode Island Ave NE.
  • His and Hers, a restaurant serving comfort food, and Jamerica, a Jamaican restaurant, both arrived in 2021. Royal Jey’s, an upscale barbershop, will open in late 2022.

Great Streets + Main Streets

The Rhode Island Avenue corridor is supported by two programs that help maintain it as a viable business district. Rhode Island Avenue NE (RIA-NE) Main Street, which promotes annual community events and other economic development initiatives, works closely with area businesses to assess their needs, and provides technical assistance and storefront improvement grants. In addition, the corridor’s designation as a Great Street allows its small businesses to apply for additional grant funds to cover capital upgrades and certain soft costs.

Neighborhood Events

In 2022, Rhode Island Avenue’s Porch Fest will take place in the summer and host an array of additional performances under the new branding of “The Fest.” Northeast Summer Nights, a series of pop-ups at local businesses, will also take place in the summer followed by a pop-up holiday market on Rhode Island Avenue in the winter.

Top Local Industries

8,291Total Area Employment

  • Construction: 21%
  • Health Care & Social Assistance: 20%
  • Transportation & Warehousing: 15%