Where We Live | Columbia Heights in Northwest Washington

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Columbia Heights is a Northwest Washington neighborhood bounded by 16th Street, Sherman Avenue, Spring Road and Florida Avenue. The Columbia Heights Civic Plaza is home to a farmers market. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
On Sunday afternoons in Columbia Heights, a neighborhood in Northwest Washington, Meridian Hill Park is the place to be. Or Malcolm X Park, as it is unofficially known by locals. A group of 20 or so percussionists settle on what usually is a pathway in the park and turn it into a stage. An African-inspired drum circle has played in this park on Sundays for more than 40 years.
These afternoons in Meridian Hill Park are representative of the neighborhood, a community strengthened by cultural traditions. Residents are quick to point to diversity as one of their favorite aspects of the neighborhood. According to the latest census data, Ward 1, which consists mostly of Columbia Heights, has the largest Latino population within the city. The Latino heritage is evident throughout the neighborhood. Various corners have boxes for the Spanish-language newspaper, the Washington Hispanic. The Latin American Youth Center on Columbia Road NW is an after-school community center for neighborhood kids. The GALA Hispanic Theatre on 14th Street promotes Hispanic heritage through theater productions.
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The GALA Hispanic Theatre on 14th Street promotes Hispanic heritage through theater productions. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
The GALA Hispanic Theatre on 14th Street promotes Hispanic heritage through theater productions. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)