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Old 08-18-2016, 05:24 PM
 
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Hello all,

What are some areas or 'hoods in DC that you'd recommend for someone who wants to walk around and do street photography? Plainly speaking, can you recommend good neighborhoods with adequate foot traffic, interesting scenery,people, homes etc. ? I want to see what the locals see. Also, whats the best local coffee shop in DC?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:14 PM
 
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This depends. How broad a group do you want to photograph.

The line between touristy and non-touristy is thin in DC no matter where one is. Please realize that will always be the case. Adams Morgan, Gallery Place, and U St are both kind of tourist traps in their own right even though they are also frequented by people who live in the city.

In the city lower risk:
Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant, Adams Morgan, U St., Petworth, Takoma, Glover Park, Capital Hill/Barracks Row, Shaw, Gallery Place, Brookland - Some of these are less than others, gentrification is in some stage in all of these communities. Columbia Heights probably represents the best cross section of the city, both new and old. All of them have their own vibe.

In the city high risk: Anacostia - East of the river neighborhood. Has more of the vibe of DC pre-gentrification. Old DC.

In the suburbs:
downtown Silver Spring, MD- People from lots of different cultures and backgrounds. Large ethopian population, festivals all the time during the warmer months.
Takoma Park, MD- weird houses, people paint them unusual colors, have outdoor art, etc. Quirky small town next to a city in some ways. Right next to Takoma, DC.
Del Ray Alexandria, VA - Like Takoma Park, but in Virginia
Old Town Alexandria, VA
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Old 08-19-2016, 05:03 PM
 
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Here are some more inside DC:

H Street
14th Street (North of N Street)
Waterfront (not the Wharf though)
Cleveland Park
Rhode Island Avenue (near the Metro station with the same name)
NoMa
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:38 AM
 
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Don't forget Georgetown, and any of the metro stops along the Red line in NW DC. You could go to Friendship Heights, for example, then walk SE from there through beautiful neighborhoods. For instance, Harrison St. and its neighbor Garrison streets are lined with stately urban homes and make a beautiful walk between Wisconsin and Connecticut Avenues.

Another classic walk could be a walk up Connecticut Avenue from Woodley Park/zoo metro stop to the Maryland border about 3 miles away. It's a grand walk on a boulevard with wide sidewalks and a wide curb strip that reminds me of Europe, with its grand pre-war apartment buildings and neighborhoods.
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:39 PM
 
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Thank you so much for the responses.

I am definitely intrigued by the idea of walking through neighborhoods rather than commercial corridors. I think Georgetown will be a great place to check out
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:38 PM
 
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Georgetown is one of the most touristy parts of DC.
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:49 PM
 
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Georgetown is one of the most touristy parts of DC.
Yep. Georgetown and Chinatown are almost on the same level as the National Mall.
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:52 PM
 
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Shaw (9th street specifically), Bloomingdale, and Capitol Hill fit the bill I think. I also love Lanier Heights and Mount Pleasant but foot traffic isn't as high there.

Of course it all depends on what kind of architecture you like.
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Old 08-20-2016, 07:14 PM
 
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Georgetown is one of the most touristy parts of DC.
in that case I guess I'll avoid
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Old 08-21-2016, 07:27 AM
 
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Georgetown? Depends on where you go. M street is the heart of touristy. Walking the canal is wonderful, however, and north of M street on the neighborhood's local streets is delightful. You move back two centuries in ambience.
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