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Duke Ellington's Washington DC
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The Shaw/Uptown area in Washington, DC is the neighborhood where Duke Ellington grew up and started his musical career. More than 20 years before the Harlem Renaissance, this strong African American community nurtured many great talents, and its buildings became physical representations of the community's great achievements. A stroll down the U Street corridor yields a rich cultural history that is still very evident today. Theaters, schools, and businesses of all kinds are thriving once again in a plan of urban renewal that can be used as a model for similar neighborhoods in other cities. Come take a tour of 14th and U streets with us to discover Shaw's rich past and explore the urban renaissance taking hold in a recently developed neighborhood now enjoying a process of rebirth.



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