Mount Vernon Triangle lies in the Northwest quadrant of Washington DC. These parts were mainly the residential area for the working class during the early 19th century, but major transitions started taking place during the mid 20th century. During this period, a lot of industrial and commercial houses were set up and the area became more of a commercial district than a residential area.
Today, Mount Vernon Triangle is one of the highly planned neighborhoods in Washington DC. There are a lot of high rise buildings, apartments and offices. However, some of the historic monuments have been listed under the National Register of Historic Places and are well preserved. Currently, MT Vernon is one of the most livable neighborhoods in Washington DC.
Although Mount Vernon Triangle remained largely unpopulated till the late 18th century, it was featured under the L’Enfant Plan for Washington. Before the Civil War, the neighborhood, mostly consisted of old fashioned dwellings. In 1810, the Congress undertook renovations and also extended the 7th street to the Maryland Border. As a consequence of this, the area saw some major developments. The National Liberty Market opened in 1875 could also have been central to attracting settlements into the area. It was a huge market with 284 vending stalls and was located at 5th and K Streets. The growing population caused a rapid change in the scenario. Brick and mortar houses started coming up and mixed races consisting of Irish, Jews, Germans and African Americans flocked into the place.
There are mainly two prominent schools in the locality, the Walker Jones educational campus lying towards the eastern boundary and the Dunbar High School near the Truxton Circle. The younger kids attend the Walker-Jones and older students go to Dunbar High. The MVT CID (Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District) has also been recently holding meetings to discuss the educational scenario of MVT.
The transportation is Mt Vernon Triangle comprises of the buses and the metro rail. There are DC circulators connecting every part of Mt Vernon Triangle. The area is also served by four metro stations, at Chinatown, Mt Vernon Square, Union Station and Judiciary Square. The most extensively used roads are the K Street, New York Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue and I-395.
Places to visit:
Roozengaarde Display Graden
The Roozengaarde Display Garden is very well maintained. They have an exotic collection of flowers and perfectly manicured lawns. They also put up special displays on certain days. It would be worthwhile to bring along your camera.
Tulip town puts up an amazing display during the annual tulip festival. They have an elaborate collection and carefully planted beds, when the flowers are in full bloom, the entire place becomes very beautiful. There are also elaborate varieties placed indoors.
Little Mountain Park
Little Mountain Park is situated at the hilltop and hence offers breathtaking views of the entire neighborhood and the sea. The place is great for picnics and photography. Especially during sunset, it becomes a treat to the eyes.