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Dupont Circle, Washington DC

Categories: Neighborhoods, Tourist Spots
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3.4/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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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  • The square itself is nice but not extraordinary (and seemingly the residence of many homeless people). On the other hand, the residential neighborhood that surrounds it is very cute.
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  • The circle is nice in the day, sits as a great landmark to navigate back and forth to. However at night we were a bit more wary, there are quite a few homeless people living around and in the circle. ...  read more »
  • The Circle, with its iconic fountain, has been a meeting place for a century and has enjoyed a renaissance lately with a local group promoting events. The diversity is a strong point. The area around ...  read more »
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