Our history

Welcome to Columbia Heights!

About the Columbia Heights Initiative

The Columbia Heights Initiative is a program of District Bridges that serves the businesses, organizations, and individuals who live, work and play in Columbia Heights. The initiative plans local events and promotions that draw people to the neighborhood, creates volunteer opportunities, and connects stakeholders in the community. Additionally, the program provides technical assistance to local businesses to help them thrive.

About the Neighborhood

If you head straight up 14th Street Northwest you'll find yourself in the center of one of the most vibrant and energetic neighborhoods in Washington, DC. Columbia Heights is the most diverse and densely populated neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and serves as a case study in how a mixed-income, multiracial community can thrive. We pack a lot of excitement and energy into one neighborhood. Come explore our streets and they will draw you in and charm you into staying. 

The neighborhood is home to a mix of big-box retailers like Target, Best Buy, and Bed Bath and Beyond and small local businesses, making it a destination for shoppers from all over DC. But once they're here, we have a lot more for them to do than just shop!

Hungry? You're in the right place! We're not ashamed to brag about our first-rate food scene. Walk around our 14th Street corridor and you'll find fast food favorites like Chic-fil-a, Cava, Chipotle, and &Pizza. On a beautiful day, you'll find locals grabbing dinner and dining in the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza while enjoying the sights and sounds of the city. Or venture over to 11th Street NW and try some a local spot! Whether you're looking for your neighborhood dive bar, breakfast for dinner, or want to wait in line to dine at Bon Appetite's #2 Restaurant in America, Bad Saint, we've got you covered. Come take a culinary tour of Columbia Heights and we guarantee your taste buds will not be disappointed!

You'll never be bored in this neighborhood. Whether you are looking to enjoy local theater, take a dance or yoga class, explore the arts and cultural scene, meet new friends or pick up a new hobby Columbia Heights has something for you. Come explore. Come connect.