West End lies adjacent to Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Downtown. The neighborhood is surrounded by Rock Creek Park to the west and north, K street to the south and New Hampshire Avenue and 21st street to the east.the area came to be known as West End as it was the eastern part of the city that was planned by L’Enfant. West End has many important offices, including the embassies of Spain and Qatar. It also has the office for Delegation Of the European union of the USA. Being adjacent to the Washington Circle, the area is also served by the George Washington University and the George Washington University Hospital.
West End was on the verge of decline during 1972, and that is when the city’s office of planning and management decided to make upgradations to revitalize the area.
West End was also once known as the Foggy Bottom due to the thick smog resulting from the Potomac fog and industrial smoke. During the 1850s, the area served as an important center for trade and may row houses and factories emerged during the time. This period also saw a large influx of the German and Irish immigrants, who brought along their breweries as well.
With the rising population, many public infrastructures came up. The Columbian College, now known as the George Washington University was established in 1821. After this, the area started growing even more and the population started to gradually increase. However, in the following period, water trade faced decline and many workers lost their jobs. Many residents left the neighborhood and many industries shut down, the neighborhood also experienced a loss of ethnic diversity. Again by the mid 20th century, Foggy Bottom Restoration Asociation and DC Restoration Office took up revitalization programs, while also preserving many of the rowhouses in the area.
All the public schools are operated by the Districts of Columbia Public Schools. The West End is also accessible to the George Washington University. Kiddie Academy, Goethe Institute, Global Language Network, Transcend Academy and Sherp Prepare some of the notable educational institutes in and around West End.
West End is connected to the Union station and Georgetown via the DC circulator, there are also a number of metro bus routes running to and fro from the area. Although the area is also served by the Metro rail, there has been some recent issue which is being addressed. However, the area is always bustling and you will easily find convenient means of transport connecting West End to every corner of Washington DC.
Places to visit:
Thompson boat center
You can rent a boat or kayak from the Thompson Boat House and row down the Potomac. The riverside offers splendid views of various memorabilia and monuments. The renting is open from May to October. You can also rent a bike and ride along the trails running alongside Potomac.
George Washington University Museum
This museum displays all the older plans, maps, prints and drawings of the Washington DC. There is also an attached museum that showcases the fabrics and tapestries from different parts of the world.
Indian Food at Rasika West End
The restaurant is served by the James Beard Award-winning chef Vikram Sunderam. The menu consists of exotic delicacies like black cod in honey and star anise and Palak Chaat. The decorations are elegant and the seating arrangements are very comfortable.