Revitalization of Southeast Washington DC
Southeast is one of the four quadrants that make up Washington, D.C. It is bounded by East Capitol Street to the north, South Capitol Street to the west, and by the state of Maryland to the south and east.
Recently, some areas of the Southeast quadrant of Washington, D.C. have undergone a rebirth/revitalization. With this revitalization, this quadrant now has a lot to offer new residents looking to live in this area as well as to long time residents. There has never been a better time to take advantage of what life in Southeast Washington D.C. has to offer. This area of DC is accessible by the blue, orange, and green lines of the Metro.
In addition to the revitalization efforts, you’ll be hard pressed to find areas that offer the kind of history you can find here. The U.S. Navy Museum is one of the many historical sites you can enjoy in this area. It is one of the fourteen naval museums that was built and established in 1961. Within this museum you can learn the history of the United States while looking over artifacts that date back to 1793. Some of the unique and enthralling artifacts you can see include the deepest diving submersible and photographs of national heroes and war veterans. Other aspects of its rich cultural history include the historic Capitol Hill and Anacostia neighborhoods, the Navy Yard, the Marine Barracks, the Anacostia River waterfront, historic Eastern Market, the remains of several Civil War-era forts, historic St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, RFK Stadium, Nationals Park, and the Congressional Cemetery.
Outside of the historical features Southeast Washington D.C. has to offer, there are some tremendous cultural events and activities that make living in Southeast DC appealing. Some of the events you can look forward to include the Martin Luther King birthday parade, the Fort Dupont ice-rink, the world-renowned Anacostia Museum, and free weekly summer jazz concerts in Fort Dupont Park. No matter what type of activity you enjoy, you are bound to find it nearby.
There are art galleries conveniently located close by as well. One such gallery is the articulate gallery that features a glass replica of the Washington Monument right in front of the building. There is a wide variety of art from beginning children, apprentices, and professional artists displayed.
If you are a sports fanatic, Washington D.C. offers the newest team in the MLB with the Washington Nationals taking the field. The National’s Stadium is the first LEED-certified green major professional sports stadium in the United States. Although the team arrived just a little over one year ago, it has already made tremendous strides. The new stadium has brought life to the surrounding area with new dining, nightlife and entertainment nearby.
If you would rather participate in sports yourself rather than being a spectator, the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center provides the perfect opportunity for young people to learn about tennis and how to play the game, promoting sportsmanship and team play. Amenities here include 10 tennis courts, a library/media room, several multi-purpose rooms, and a computer lab. The Center offers tennis classes from age three through adult year round. The computer lab is available for students to use after school; computer assistance and homework help is provided.
With the pleasant weather that shines on the area, you have to get out and enjoy one of the many parks that fill Southeast Washington D.C. Anacostia Park features 1,200 acres filled with aquatic gardens and a plethora of activities for children and adults to enjoy. Some of the activities you can take part in at this park include tennis, basketball, roller-skating, an indoor pool and an ice skating rink.
There are a number of activities and sites for the older generation to enjoy in this area as well including the historic Capitol Hill and remains of several Civil War forts that are close by.
The last thing for you to experience in Southeast Washington D.C is the large variety of shops and restaurants that represent the diverse population of the area and the abundant nightlife options that abound. You definitely will not lack for choices to keep you entertained no matter what your preference is.
So as you can see, Southeast Washington D.C. has a plethora of different activities, events and sites to take advantage of and with the rebirth of this area, a rich cultural history and loads of activities to enjoy, families looking to relocate will find no better place than Southeast Washington D.C.
Shirley Clifton with MAX42 writes various articles for the apartment rental industry including The Overlook at Oxon Run, an affordable apartment home community in Washington, DC.