Columbia Heights is a neighborhood in central Washington located in the Northwest quadrant, and borders the neighborhoods of Shaw, Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant, Park View, Pleasant Plains, and Petworth. The streets bounding the area are 16th Street to the west, Spring Road to the north, Sherman Ave to the east, and Florida Avenue to the south. It is served by the Washington Metro Green and Yellow Lines at the Columbia Heights Metro Station.
Once farmland on the estate of the Holmead family called “Pleasant Plains”, Columbia Heights was originally part of Washington County, District of Columbia. The area began developing as a suburb of Washington soon after the Civil War, when streetcars began delivering residents of the neighborhood to downtown. In 1999, the city announced a revitalization initiative for the neighborhood focused around the Columbia Heights Metro station, which opened that year, and many middle-class residents settled in the neighborhood. It is arguably Washington’s most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood. Housing includes high-priced condominiums and townhouses, as well as public and middle-income housing. A number of bars and restaurants have opened in Columbia Heights, including Pho 14, which was voted best pho in the Best of DC 2010 poll by Washington City Paper.
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