Looking east across 18th St NW in Adams Morgan

Looking east across 18th St NW in Adams Morgan

What: A Washington, DC neighborhood that caters to the pedestrian.

Why it Works:

Vivacious. Georgetown may be more famous, but city-dwellers know the real place to be is Adams Morgan. It’s hip but not yuppified, diverse but not preachy, safe but still gritty, cool but not uppity, and fun but not taken over by Starbucks and Disney. Adams Morgan is off the proverbial beaten path, hidden from suburban gentrification; and its street network is based on European design rather than the grid, which has created a more intimate, less predictable environment. It’s fantastically interesting, unmistakably urban, dense and busy, but still manages to pander to the person rather than the group.

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