Located in the Northwest corner of Washington, DC, Logan Circle is mainly a traffic circle. This historic district is divided into two neighborhoods. The residence and surrounding neighborhoods along with the traffic circle is known as Logan Circle.
Logan Circle basically served as army barracks during the days of the Civil War. Later, the area was changed to a refugee camp for the slaves freed from Virginia and Maryland. Later, the area was redesigned with streets, strategically placed avenues and various other amenities. This project was undertaken by the Washington Mayor Alexander Robey Shepherd in 1870, who wanted to market the developed area to the upper middle class. His undertaking to create Victorian houses surrounded by manicured lawns and broad boulevards is what gave Logan Circle the reputation of being remodeled after European capitals.
During the early 20th century, Logan Circle became the major commercial depot for the Washingtonians. The area also became a predominant locality for the African American communities. An unofficial dividing of the area also took place, during which the Victorian houses were subdivided for hostels and apartments. This also led to a majority of the original residents leaving the area.
After the end of the 20th century, the whole area was considerably remodeled. The old buildings were torn down and new retailers, shopping malls. Galleries and theaters were put up in the commercial district. Today, the area also has a gay bar tending to the local LGBT population. The area is a very thriving commercial district in all of Washington.
The public schools in Logan Circle are run by the DCPS. Garrison Elementary School has served the residents for many years now. It has a capacity of 350 students now after a little renovation. In 2013, the school only had seats for 228 students and the then chancellor of DCPS was in favor of shutting down the school. The local residents, however, protested and the school was saved. There are also plans for further modernization of the school.
The area is served by the circulator bus and the 52 and 53 metro bus lines. Although there is no metro station within the neighborhood, the buses feed the stations. Apart from that, there are also a number carpool services.
Places to visit:
The studio has been there since 1978 and always has a line of interesting plays. There's a number of stages and also a black box.
This music hall has been there since 1993 and has two levels. The ground floor has a lounge with snooker and pokers. They also give out delicious lasagna and vegan chows. Upstairs, there is a stage, playing jazz, funk, electronics by the established as well as upcoming artists.
This beer house has an amazing collection of more than 500 varieties of beer. Here you can try anything from sour ale to doppleboks. They serve from the bottles, casks as well as drafts. Their food is also quite amazing, especially the burgers and the gravy covered fries.