Columbia Heights Walking Tour Sunday

Photo by PoPville flickr user JosephLeonardo

This sounds fun. Tickets cost $15 and the tour runs from 3-5pm. From Washington Walks:

The 14th Street corridor between Irving Street and Park Road was one of Washington’s most important shopping and entertainment destinations outside downtown. That is until April 4, 1968, when riots following the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sparked extensive looting and burning of commercial property. For decades afterwards, boarded-up businesses and empty lots marred the formerly vibrant Columbia Heights. Nearly 40 years later, change has swept the area once more: the opening of the Columbia Heights Metrorail station in 1999 spurred construction of apartment buildings, row houses, and the massive shopping complex D.C. USA.

Led by Brian Kraft, lead researcher, “Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Neighborhood Heritage Trail”

Meets outside COLUMBIA HEIGHTS METRO STATION’s north exit by the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail sign

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  • Hmm, I walk around Col Heights every day for free…

    • Cause you have the privilege of living here 🙂

    • plus now you’ll have someone to tell you what was there before the Pollo joint… and to explain what stood over there, next to that chicken joint, where now there is a pupuseria.

      • saf

        And Brian is an excellent tour guide who knows an awful lot.

        • Check’s in the mail, saf…whoever you are. Yes, the tour is all about HISTORY. I also wrote the chapter on Columbia Heights history in the excellent new book, Washington At Home.

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