Duke Ellington picture on buildingNext to Harlem and Chicago, Washington, D.C. has been a mecca for young black
professionals for the last 70 years. There was also a time when anyone could walk down U Street and see more black faces than white or brown faces on the street. Within the last few decades, the face of The District has completely altered, shoving the African American population below 50 percent. What was once considered a historically black community, now dwindles under the domination of gentrification.