Hippest up-and-coming neighborhood

Shaw consists of gridded streets lined mainly with small Victorian row houses, but also north of the convention center by urban-renewal-era low-rise apartment complexes and the late 2010s mixed-use development City Market at O. The original commercial hub of the area prior to the redevelopment in the wake of the 1968 riots and Green Line Metrorail construction was along 7th and 9th streets NW, and especially 7th street is still lined by small businesses housed in rowhouse-sized buildings—though with trendy shops and restaurants rather than neighborhood-oriented businesses. Tucked away into the alleys here are former light industrial buildings that now constitute the Blagden Alley-Naylor Court Historic District, home to restaurants, cafés and other small businesses. The Shaw Main Streets association is centered along 7th and 9th Streets between K and W streets.

Shaw neighborhood is served by the Green and Yellow lines of the Washington Metro with stops at Shaw-Howard University Station, U Street Station and Mount Vernon Square Station. There is a bus service within Shaw, which has several routes that connects the area with the Waterfront and Silver Spring via 7th Street. Also, the G2 bus connects Georgetown University and Howard University. Freeway access allows cars to maneuver through the streets of Shaw. Since the 1980s, Ethiopian-born business owners have been purchasing property in the neighbourhood of Shaw, specifically Thirteenth and Ninth Streets. The area has since gained distinctive popularity in Washington even outside of the Ethiopian community. The food has become a main attraction and reason for locals and tourists to commute to Shaw and experience the many local Ethiopian restaurants.


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Shaw is a central neighborhood in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., United States. Shaw and the U Street Corridor historically have been the city's black social, cultural, and economic hub. The District of Columbia has designated much of Shaw as the Shaw Historic District, and Shaw also contains the smaller Blagden Alley-Naylor Court Historic District, listed on the National Register.

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N/A Kipp Dc - Lead Academy Pcs Preschool - Kindergarten Public
4 Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan Preschool - 8th Grade Public
1 Friendship Pcs Armstrong Preschool - 8th Grade Public
4 Mundo Verde Bilingual Pcs Preschool - 5th Grade Public
1 Walker-Jones Education Campus Preschool - 8th Grade Public
2 Cleveland Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
3 Seaton Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
4 Kipp Dc Lead Academy 1St Grade - 1St Grade Public
4 Kipp Dc Pcs: Will Academy 5th Grade - 8th Grade Public
N/A Washington Metropolitan High School 7th Grade - 12th Grade Public
4 Stuart-Hobson Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
N/A Girls Global Academy Pcs 9th Grade - 9th Grade Public
5 Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A Gonzaga College High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Catholic/Religious
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