Adams Morgan is a progressive and vibrant neighborhood in NW DC, bordered by Connecticut Ave to the West, 16th St to the East, Rock Creek Park to the North, and Florida Ave to the South. The neighborhood is composed of three parts, Reed Cooke to the east, Kalorama to the west and Lanier Heights to the north.
Adams Morgan has a history of diversity and a tradition of community activism and artistic expression. Residents and community organizations have long taken an active role in the monthly meetings of the neighborhood's Advisory Neighborhood Commission, community-organized mutual aid initiatives, and volunteer efforts to improve local amenities such as parks and schools.
- Envision Adams Morgan is an initiative of thePublic Services & Environment Committee of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C to more directly involve the residents of Adams Morgan in creating a plan for the future growth of this Washington DC neighborhood. All members of the Adams Morgan community are invited to contribute and/or volunteer in this participatory planning process.
- Kalorama Citizens Association: was founded in 1919 with the mission to promote the interests of the residents of Adams Morgan. This association has taken an active role in historic preservation and zoning, community beautification, support for local schools, business district revitalization, liquor licensing and crime prevention. It is commonly referred to by its initials, KCA.
- Reed Cooke Neighborhood Association: is a community organization dedicated to promoting the quality of life of the residents of the Reed-Cooke Neighborhood. The Reed Cooke neighborhood is the eastern portion of Adams Morgan, between 16th and 18th Streets, and between Columbia Road to the north and U Street NW to the south. It is commonly referred to by its initials, RCNA.
- Square 150 is an organization of neighbors within the area bounded by Florida Avenue NW, U Street NW and 16th Street NW.
- We Are Family is a local senior outreach and advocacy group whose volunteers serve over 500 seniors in the area by delivering groceries, offering transportation, and conducting general outreach visits within their network. Interestingly, We Are Family began in 2004 with $15,000 in donations given by the multi-platinum punk band Good Charlotte and its ally, Positive Force DC.
- Friends of Walter Pierce Park is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing and developing Walter C. Pierce Community Park through advocacy, park maintenance, and special projects.
- Jubilee Housing is a faith-based non-profit organization founded in 1973 to provide affordable housing and support services to economically disadvantaged residents of Adams Morgan. Jubilee serves more than 700 individuals and families.
- List here recurring opportunities to volunteer in the neighborhood.
Neighborhood Local Government
The 1973 Home Rule Act devolved certain Congressional powers to an elected mayor and a thirteen-member Council of the District of Columbia. The US Congress retains the right to review and overturn laws created by the Council and intervene in local affairs. Each of the 8 wards in the city elects a single member to the Council and residents elect 4 additional at-large members to the Council to represent the District as a whole. Adams Morgan is located in Ward 1 and is currently represented on the Council by Jim Graham.
The District of Columbia is divided into thirty seven areas, each one represented by an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). Each ANC is composed of individuals elected by voters from even smaller neighborhood units of no more than 2,000 residents, known as Single Member Districts. Government agencies are not bound to follow resolutions of an ANC, but it is required to give them "great weight" in the decision-making process. Adams Morgan is represented by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C, composed of eights commissioners, one elected from each of the neighborhood's eight Single Member Districts.
- The Adams Morgan neighborhood is served by the monthly In-Towner newspaper, which reports on development, local government and cultural activities in the community.
- The Washington City Paper covers the entire city including Adams Morgan, but you can use their Adams Morgan category tag to only see reports relating to the neighborhood.
Blogs covering the neighborhood
- Prince of Petworth: a very popular DC blog has a neighborhood category for Adams Morgan so that you can see only those blog posts relating to the neighborhood.
- Borderstan: covers the neighborhoods to the south, including U Street, Logan and DuPont Circle, but frequently includes stories about Adams Morgan. Because it tags each posting, you can use this tagging structure to see only those posts relating to Adams Morgan.
- We Love DC: covers the District but they also use a tagging structure that allow you to view only those posts related to Adams Morgan.
- DCist: A general DC blog that sometimes covers the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Again, using their taggig structure you can see only those stories relating to Adams Morgan.
- Ghosts of DC: is a very well research blog devoted to the history of the District of Columbia. It is regularly updated and the author is extremely responsive to requests to research various buildings, monuments and curios. And again, you can use the blog's tagging structure to view just those stories relating to Adams Morgan.
- Old Adams Morgan: This blog is maintained by community activist and former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Nancy Shia. Nancy is a photographer and this blog contains a photographic record of the history and development of the Adams Morgan neighborhood. The photographs from the 1970s are of particular interest illustrating the role of the neighborhood in the protest movements of that era. Also of interest is her record of the arrival of Cuban immigrants and asylum seekers in the early 1980s following the Mariel Boatlift, and also images from the Adams Morgan/Mt. Pleasant riots from the early 1990s. The blog is updated regularly with new photographs from Adams Morgan past and present.
WPFW 89.3 FM, part of the Pacifica radio network, was founded in 1977 and broadcasts from its studio at the second floor of the Washington City Paper Building at 2390 Champlain St NW. The station describes its mission "to provide outlets for the creative skills and energies of the community, to contribute to a lasting understanding between individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors, and to promote the full distribution of public information." Programming on the station is a mix of jazz, Third World music, news and public affairs.
Adams Morgan Yahoo Group has been used for several years by the neighborhood to disseminate information. It is referred to in conversation as "the Listserv."
- Idle Times
- The Potter House is a non-profit bookstore that has operated in the community for 50 years. It has a pro-social justice community of supporters and customers and frequently holds events on various issues along that theme.
Adams Morgan has a wide range of restaurants, from fast-food on-the-go to the white-tablecloth, from vegan and vegetarian to coronary-with-extra-cheese, from the All-American diner to the global and the ethnic. The Adams Morgan food scene seems to be entering a period of transition, as new chefs and higher-end restaurant concepts take root in the neighborhood. At present there are four noteworthy members of this new wave.
- Mintwood Place This venture is a team effort by chef Cedric Maupillier (formerly of Central and Medium Rare), restaurateur Saied Azali, (owner of Perry’s next door) and business partner John Cidre. The restaurant opened in 2012 and has been very well received.
- Jack Rose
Farmers Markets and Community Supported Agriculture
The nearby DuPont Circle Farmers Market is year-round farmers market located at the intersection of 20th Street NW and Q Street NW. It operates every Sunday morning from 9AM to 1PM between April 6th - December 28th, and from 10 AM and 1 PM between January 4th to March 29th.
The nearby Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is a seasonal farmers market operating every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM between May 5th and November 17th at Lamont Park in Mount Pleasant. This market participates in the Bonus Bucks program through which additional food is provided to those paying with Food Stamps/EBT/SNAP and WIC and Senior FMNP.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative, locally-based socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme and also sometimes herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat, as well.
Parks & Environment
Tree-planting and care
- Capital Bike Share
- Bike-repair shops
Vegan and Vegetarian
Arts & Culture
Street Art & Murals
Religion & Spirituality
Crime & Security
Hotspots and trends over time.
Community Support Resources