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The mission of Barracks Row Main Street is to revitalize 8th Street, SE as a vibrant commercial corridor reconnecting Capitol Hill to the Anacostia River using historic preservation and the arts as economic development tools and benefiting the broadest possible local community.
Our vision for Barracks Row is to create a vibrant business district steeped in history. The gateways to the business district invite customers into the first major commercial street of the old Federal City. The arts come alive on 8th, Street SE with beautifully landscaped open spaces that are hubs of artistic expression. Musical and theatrical events abound on the street and in the pocket parks for all to enjoy, and local artisans sell their wares in numerous stores and fairs. Eighth Street, SE has a thriving nightlife scene, with many restaurants and music clubs that are enjoyed by patrons in a safe and clean environment.
Eighth Street, SE offers a unique, pedestrian-friendly shopping experience. A wide range of goods and services are available to a diverse group of customers. The commercial district is easily accessible by Metro rail, bus, roads, and interstate highways. The United States Marines Corps, The United States Navy, and the community come together on historic Barracks Row.
Business is booming on 8th Street, SE, an award-winning model for community revitalization. It is a destination with a rich past, a bountiful present, and a bright future!
- Louis Wassel
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