18 Washington, D.C. Street Style Photos From Adams Morgan Neighborhood That Prove The Capital Is More Than Gray Suits
With cultural mainstays like Sitar Arts Center, Amsterdam Falafelshop, and Smash Records, it's no surprise that Washington, D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood is a magnetizing mishmash of street fashion.
According to Envision Adams Morgan, a community planning project, the enclave was once known as "18th and Columbia" for its bustling crossroads and later renamed for two of the area's desegregated elementary schools. Today, that crossroads is home to a mix of locally-owned bars, restaurants, and boutiques that attract new immigrants (especially from Latin America), hipsters, and longtime Washingtonians — black and white — alike. Such diversity means a lot of culture — high, low, American, international — all within five square blocks. And it shows in residents' eclectic fashion.
Though the neighborhood isn't rife with pop culture cred, Nora Ephron fans will be excited to know that the author wrote her 1983 book, Heartburn , while living in The Ontario, a Beaux Arts apartment building on Ontario Road. The Ontario is now part of the D.C. Writers' Home Tour. The building's architectural style is typical of Adams Morgan, where 19th- and early 20th-century row houses and stately apartments abound.