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Dupont Circle, Washington DC

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Dupont Circle is a traffic circle, park, neighborhood, and historic district in Northwest Washington, D.C. The traffic circle is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue NW, Connecticut Avenue NW, New Hampshire Avenue NW, P Street NW, and 19th Street NW. The Dupont Circle neighborhood is bounded approximately by 16th Street NW to the east, 22nd Street NW to the west, M Street NW to the south, and Florida Avenue NW to the north. The local government Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 2B) and the Dupont Circle Historic District have slightly different boundaries.HistoryDupont Circle is located in the "Old City" of Washington, D.C.—the area planned by architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant—but remained largely undeveloped until after the American Civil War, when there was a large influx of new residents. The area that now constitutes Dupont Circle was once home to a brickyard and slaughterhouse. There also was a creek, Slash Run, that began near 15th Street NW and Columbia Road NW, ran from 16th Street near Adams Morgan, through Kalorama and within a block of Dupont Circle, but the creek has since been enclosed in a sewer line. Improvements made in the 1870s by a board of public works headed by Alexander "Boss" Shepherd transformed the area into a fashionable residential neighborhood.
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  • Hire a bike from the little racks all around town and just cycle to the next place then hop off, sight see, then grab another bike. IT was freezing in the middle of winter but the best way to see ever...  more »
  • A beautiful neighborhood with lots if restaurants and bars. It was so alive with local life. A beautiful area to walk around and soak up local life. Lots of young people enjoying the night life.  more »
  • Went to Dupont Circle during the Memorial Day weekend 2017. It's an interesting piece of history and the area is very diverse/eclectic. It's an interesting place to people watch and it's pretty close ...  more »