Anacostia Commercial Corridor

Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE from Good Hope Road to Howard Road

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Located in Southeast Washington, the historic Anacostia Commercial Corridor contains 126 buildings constructed between 1854 and 1930. Incorporated in 1854 as Uniontown, one of Washington’s earliest suburbs, the area’s location across the Anacostia River allowed members of the working class, many of whom were employed at the nearby Navy Yard, to purchase less expensive land and build modest houses and establish small businesses. New development proposed for the corridor, calling for the demolition and relocation of historic buildings, is inconsistent with the historic nature of the area. Additionally, continued neglect of these invaluable historic resources threatens to erase the remnants of the neighborhood’s history and legacy. The deteriorating buildings and blighted landscape stand as unfortunate witness to decades of disinvestment.