Looking at Historic Neighborhoods — Columbia Heights

From September to December of 1940, the Washington Post published a series of articles focusing on the Citizens’ and Civic associations of Washington. A review of the articles are interesting for a number of reasons, not the least being that most include maps showing the areas served by the associations which help illustrate neighborhood boundaries. Yet, even with this one needs to keep in mind that some areas were served by more than one association and that there are areas of neighborhood overlap.

As neighborhood boundaries are something that many Washingtonians find interesting, beginning with today’s post on Columbia Heights the series will be reprinted.

Columbia Heights Citizens Association boundaries

The map above and article below were originally published in the Washington Post on October 14, 1940. You’ll noticed that the map goes as far north as Shepherd Street and includes areas today considered part of Pleasant Plains, Park View, and Petworth.

Columbia Heights article


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3 Comments on “Looking at Historic Neighborhoods — Columbia Heights”

  1. Angry Parakeet Says:

    I would sure like to know the whole story behind the “communism is being taught in our schools” and the firing of “one alien!”

  2. […] up on yesterday’s post on the Columbia Heights Citizens’ Association as it was in 1940, is this window on the American University Park Citizens’ Association. The […]

  3. Ken, what are the legal boundaries of Petworth, Columbia heights, and by default Parkview. I have always seen legal records that stop North columbia heights near Georgia and Upshur on the west side of the street. I also operated under the assumption that Parkview is a sub neighborhood of C. Heights extending from Sherman (or 11th?) Over to park along the fence of the soldier’s home.

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