U STREET DID YOU KNOW?? U STREET


Did you know that:

-The CodMother is my favorite U street bar to go for chill company, good music, good people, sexy underground hidden entrance for cool people ONLY, a fun school teacher chalk board i love to draw on, and tasty food? **** just a recommendation!

-Ben Ali way was named after the owner of Ben’s chili bowl—one of the oldest building to have survived the 1968 dc riots and metro reconstruction—-thanks to Bill Cosby
-U street was the hot spot for African Americans, black business owners, and jazzy juicy culture that is far more interesting than anything in the white part of town

-On this street there is a Rue Reformer Building—G Byron Peck’s mural of Duck Ellingtown with his profile and piano keys—its hot. its colorful-you gotta see it

-Duke Ellington lived on 13th street between S and T street DUKE ELLINGTON
-U street was called “BLACK BROADWAY” back in the day –by Pearl Bailey
-after the riots —U and 14th street was the Epicenter for drug traffiking crack whores, violence, guns, roses, cocaine, heroin, and people watching

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Other things that are not AS interesting but still interesting are the following:
-U Street was developed between 1862 and 1900—victorian era neighborhood made of row houses starts from 9th street to 18th street
-Commercially significant when a street carline was developed in the early 20th century
-Predominately white and middle class until 1900’s
-Became segregated in the 1900’s
-Cities most important concentration for entertainment, and business operated by Africans Americans
-1900’s till 1920—home to nations largest African community “known as “black broadway coined by Pearl Bailey singer
-Lincoln theater 1921 located at 1215  on U street is next to Ben’s Chili Bowl and Duke Ellington played there
-Neighborhoood began to decline after MLK was assassinated in 1968
-intersection of 14 and U was the epicenter of violence and destruction—-during 1968 dc RIOTS
-Drug trafficking rose in 1970’s
-Everyone was in the street in a carnival like atmosphere waiting for drug shipments to arrive
-U street is the center of music scene- Bohemian Caverns, Velvet Lounge, JAZZ erwherrr

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