Situated in the Northwest Washington DC, at the crossing of18th street and Columbia road, Adams Morgan is a culturally diverse area. Its population greatly comprises of immigrants and this may be due to the thriving business and economical grot favored by the area. Adams Morgan is the backbone of night life with many happening bars, restaurants and night clubs. These are mainly situated along the 18thstreet. A majority of the houses in Adams Morgan is from the early 19th and 20th century. This gives the area a very unique ambience, with the perfect balance between modernization and laid back lifestyle.
Adams Morgan was previously considered as two different areas. Only later, the entire area received the name Adams Morgan, derived from Thomas P. Morgan Elementary School and John Quincy Adams Elementary School. Throughout history, Adams Morgan has actively participated in social activities and supported justice, political activism and progressive values. It has also served as the gathering place for social activists. Currently, Adams Morgan has a number of centers that are dedicated to serving the urgent social needs.
Adams Morgan was also the first place where recreational facilities were incorporated into public school designs. Marie H. Reed Learning Center was the first school to have adopted this. Today, this concept is adopted by schools everywhere. There were also facilities like a daycare center, basketball, tennis, swimming pools, healthcare and indoor as well as outdoor stadiums that were featured in the designs.
By 2012, Adams Morgan had reconstructed a large portion of its crosswalks, bicycle lanes and sidewalks. A large area was cleared out for building the main commercial corridors and recreational parks. Today, the area is run in a highly systematic method.
Despite being very near to Washington DC, Adams Morgan is not directly connected via the metro line. However, there are stations like Woodley Park, connected by the red line and Dupont circle that are accessible via the metro. Woodley Park was even renamed as Woodley Park-Zoo/ Adams Morgan to highlight the proximity of the metro station to Adams Morgan. The southern parts of the area are also connected via the red line, especially the portion that falls below Rock Creek. Columbia Heights is the nearest station to Adams Morgan that is connected via the green line.
Apart from the metro, the area is interconnected by metro bus lines. The WMATA buses 42, 43, 90, 92, 93, 96 and L2 form the backbone of transportation in Adams Morgan.
Adams Morgan follows the education pattern of the District of Columbia Public Schools. The Oyster Adams Bilingual School, formerly known as John Quincy Adams Elementary School is one of the most prominent schools in the area. It lies in the K-8 school, neighborhood and was formed in 2008. It resulted as a merging of James F. Oyster Bilingual Elementary School and John Quincy Adams Elementary School in Adams Morgan. Altogether, the school serves students from kindergarten to grade 8.
Apart from John Quincy Adams, Adams Morgan also has the Marie Reed Elementary School, established in 1977, the Oyster Adams and Woodrow Wilson High School.
Must visit places in Adams Morgan
Idle Time Books
This store was established in 1981 and has an amazing collection of more than 50,000 books, newspapers, greeting cards, CDs and records. They sell books that are both in-print as well as out of print.
This laid back café offers a view of the 18th street and has an amazing list of drinks and snacks, you can try out their animal shaped crackers while looking over the busy street down below.
This store sells everything from vintage clothes to interior décor. They also have merchandise for men and women’s bath, kitchen and baby gifts.
This café cum bar has something for everyone. There are cocktails served in relaxed, elegant settings, floor to ceiling, open windows and even rooftop seats for open air drinking.
Adams Morgan is very famous for its nightlife. This lively bar has been offering great drinks and music for more than 20 years. This landmark is worth the visit.