SHAW DC NEIGHBORHOOD

LIVING IN SHAW DC

WELCOME TO SHAW DC

Shaw has evolved from an area you traversed to get somewhere else to a destination of its own. Still artsy and edgy in a good way.  Shaw now boasts enviable real estate, retail and some of The District’s coolest eateries.

Getting Around in Shaw DC

Shaw is an extremely walkable neighborhood with a WalkScore of 94. Shaw offers excellent public transportation with a TransitScore of 82, and is a biker’s paradise with a BikeScore of 96.

Metro Stations

The closest metro stations are Mt Vernon/Convention Center to the south, and Shaw/Howard University to the north, both on the Green & Yellow line.

Circulator

There are approximately 9 Bus Lines running throughout Shaw

Bikeshare

There are 10 Capital Bikeshare stations in Shaw DC

ZipCar

There are approximately 9 ZipCar locations near Shaw DC.

SNAPS 

Defiantly different. Shaw is coming into its own.

Meander through historic alleys, gallery hop, shop unique boutiques. Sample craft cocktails at A&D. Spend the day on U Street absorbing local color. Catch a production at the Howard Theatre. People watch and dine on the patio at Shaw Tavern. Treat your honey to a candlelight dinner at Corduroy. Spice it up at Chaplin's. Meet friends at Fainting Goat. Fill your larder from City Market at O and Seasonal Pantry. Till the community garden. Get your yoga on. Luxury condos and small houses are hot here. Find one that fits and weave yourself into the urban tapestry.

Shaw DC History 

Shaw was originally named “Uptown.” The neighborhood grew from freed slave encampments outside the city boundaries, which ended at “Boundary Street” which we know today as Florida Avenue. The neighborhood later became known as “Shaw” for the school named for  Civil War Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. It is one of several District neighborhoods that take their name from schools. Shaw was a hub for black intellectual and cultural life at the turn of the 20th century, when Howard University was chartered. In the 1920’s the neighborhood was frequented by such notables as Alain LeRoy Locke, Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington. The 1968 riots hit Shaw hard, leaving the area without electricity and many of the neighborhood’s buildings were destroyed by fire. A population drain followed, crime increased and the once thriving neighborhood wouldn’t recover for many decades. Gentrification began in Shaw during the late 1970’s and conservationists battled over neighborhood lines. The 14th and U Street Coalition accused the Dupont Circle Conservancy trying to co-opt their neighborhood and its history. Today’s Shaw remains a neighborhood in transition, with its boundary lines still being redefined. Its 19th century Victorian row houses are being protected and restored while new development from North Shaw to  Truxton Circle is reshaping and restyling the area.

SHAW DC MARKET DATA

SHAW SCHOOLS

Cleveland Elementary School

Public • Grades PK-5
303 students • 13 student/teacher

Seaton Elementary

Public • Grades PK-5
253 students • 10 student/teacher

Kipp DC Will Academy PCS

Public • Grades 6-8
388 students • 13 student/teacher
For a full, updated list of schools, see EBIS. School data from SchoolDigger

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