The center of the nation’s capital

The neighborhood didn’t happen by accident. In the early 2000s, the redevelopment of downtown and Penn Quarter was in full bloom, and builders were looking eastward for more opportunities. Underdeveloped but with great proximity to downtown and public transit, they turned to the area just east of Mount Vernon Square. In 2002, the city and developers launched an initiative to revitalize the area. The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (CID), established in 2004, coordinates the initiative, provides community services like cleaning and safety, and markets the nascent neighborhood. Six years later, the housing inventory in Mount Vernon Triangle has grown from about 500 residential units to 2,000, effectively quadrupling the population of the neighborhood.The newcomers are largely young professionals drawn by convenient access to both downtown and Northern Virginia, where many of them work.

Most of the neighborhood’s amenities are at the ground level of CityVista, the area’s largest development, with 224 rental apartments and 441 condominiums. The “urban lifestyle” Safeway at the northwest corner of CityVista (dubbed by the supermarket company because of amenities such as a nut bar and open-flame hearth oven) is the neighborhood’s popular grocery, while the coffee shop-restaurant Busboys and Poets and trendy deli Taylor Gourmet sit around the corner on K Street. The ground floor is rounded out with a hardware store, bank, and Results Gym.

Parks and public squares

A number of public urban parks exist in the downtown area. Among the more prominent are: Farragut Square, Franklin Square, Judiciary Square, Lafayette Square (the portion of President’s Park north of the White House), McPherson Square, Mount Vernon Square, Pershing Park, Scott Circle, Thomas Circle, and Washington Circle.

The largest paved square in the city, Freedom Plaza, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 13th and 14th Streets NW.

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