D.C.’s H Street Festival Has Gotten Huge

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Time was when the H Street Corridor — the last section of D.C. to burn in the days following the assassination of Dr. King — was a symbol of D.C.’s decline.  These days, it’s a symbol of the city’s revival.

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Even two years ago, the H Street Festival in September drew maybe 50,000 visitors.  Yesterday, though, it seemed the whole city came out.  Or put differently, the multi-ethnic city was drawn, even if just for an afternoon, to a stretch of town with new amenities and much easier coexistence than existed here even a decade ago.

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Sure, you had the guys from the Nation of Islam seeing a neighborhood almost unrecognizable from what it looked like 20 years ago.

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But you also had young artists showing their wares near The Rock and Roll Hotel, which seemed to have started the trend, eight or nine years ago, in which the H Street Corridor became a natural rival to U Street for urban nightlife.

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It was a perfect September day, a little warm, maybe, but with perfect light.

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And everywhere we went, we were reminded of the uniqueness of our city, where wonks carry the world on their shoulders.

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