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Known during the Jazz Age as America's 'Black Broadway', the neighborhood around U Street became an African American cultural powerhouse during the 1920s and '30s. Poet Langston Hughes and jazz great Duke Ellington matured here. Along with Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Redd Fo, they made 'You' Street world-famous.
These days the area has transformed into a shopping and nightlife corridor for a diverse group of consumers, diners, drinkers and partiers. It seems a new business opens along the stretch between 9th Street and 16th Street nearly every week.