Columbia Heights – A community in flux
In 1892, an electric streetcar began its ascent northwest into what would be known as Columbia Heights. Soon, the easy transportation made for a bustling community, and one of the most desired areas in the District was born in the early 1900s.
Similarly, around 1903, a streetcar began to run up and down Mt. Pleasant Street. Both Columbia Heights and the neighboring Mt. Pleasant community were home to wealthy Washingtonians, and Mt. Pleasant was desirable for its large apartment buildings.
The area would soon become known for its working-class residents and its multicultural community of immigrants from all over the world, particularly Latin America. Today, it’s a community in flux, as demographics and the face of the community changes with new development and business.
Source: Cultural Tourism D.C.
– Jeremy Borden
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