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Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street, NE

The Atlas District (also known as the Atlas or the H Street District) is an arts and entertainment district located in the Near Northeast neighborhood of Washington, DC, roughly a mile northeast of Union Station. It is centered along the resurgent H Street Corridor spanning from 12th Street to Maryland Ave, NE. The name is not historical. It is part of a neighborhood branding campaign centered around the revitalized Atlas Theater.

The area suffered economic setbacks after the riots following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 assassination. The neighborhood began a resurgence after Joe Englert announced plans in the late nineties to transform this three block area with various bars and music venues. Examples of bars that he opened were: the Pug, the Red and Black, the Rock N Roll Hotel, the Bee Hive, the Olympic, a sports bar with pool tables; Dr. Granville Moore's Brickyard, and the Showbar.[1] Additionally, the area has benefitted from the economic resurgence that has affected most of the district since the turn of the century.

The area is served by the X2 Metrobus. The city has plans to install a streetcar system running up H Street from Union Station to Benning Road that would pass through the Atlas district.[2]


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