SHAW IS EXPERIENCING AN URBAN RENAISSANCE of unprecedented proportions thanks to its proximity to the downtown core, excellent transportation access and lively cultural and entertainment venues. Residents enjoy the ever-increasing dining and retail commercial conveniences, while local and national retailers like the rapidly growing demographics. Once home to jazz legend Duke Ellington, the Shaw neighborhood still pulses with a rhythm felt by residents and visitors alike.

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New Development

  • 1336 8th Street, for which the District selected Roadside Development, will comprise 79 condos and 3,500 SF of retail.
  • The Ellis, at 7th St. and Rhode Island Ave. NW, will contain 126 two- and three-bedroom condos and 8,000 SF of ground-floor retail.
  • The Adora (1827 Wiltberger Street NW), delivered nine condos, 28,700 SF of office space, and 12,000 SF of retail to the former Holzbeierlein Bakery in Q2 2021.
  • Plans for 1400 9th Street NW call for 7 condos plus ground-floor retail.
  • The District is planning to redevelop the DC Housing Finance Agency headquarters at 815 Florida Avenue NW into a mixed-use project.
  • Howard University plans to redevelop the HURB-1 site (1840 7th Street, NW) into 204 residential units and up to 30,000 SF of commercial space.

2020 Openings

  • 1914 by Kolben
  • Andy’s Pizza
  • Dogtopia
  • Emmy Squared
  • Kabob Restaurant
  • Oyster Oyster
  • Pearl’s Bagels
  • Prescription Chicken
  • Roasted Boon
  • Rumi’s Kitchen

Great Streets + Main Streets

Many corridors in the neighborhood are designated Great Streets. As funds become available, small businesses can apply for grants to cover capital improvements and certain soft costs. In 2020, up to $50,000 was awarded per location. The area is also supported by Shaw Main Streets through community-based economic development initiatives.

Top Restaurant Talent

  • 3 Michelin 1-star (The Dabney, Kinship, and Metier)
  • 4 Bib Gourmand (Chercher, Hanumanh, Hazel, and Unconventional Diner)
  • 8 Michelin Plates (Supra, Tiger Fork, Anxo, Chaplin’s, Convivial, The Royal, Rumi’s Kitchen, and San Lorenzo)
  • David Deschaies of Unconventional Diner won the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2020 RAMMY Award for Chef of the Year.

Top Local Industries

139,089 Total Area Employment

  • Public Administration: 23%
  • Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services: 20%
  • Other Services: 15%
    (except Public Administration)