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    What We Love About Mount Pleasant

    So much to love! First of all, the housing stock is great. Lot of great big, beautiful rowhomes and fabulous detached beauties. And b/c of the way that the neighborhood is closed off by Rock Creek Park and the zoo, it has that feeling of being tucked away from the rest of the city. Yet you’re right in the heart of everything. Walk to Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan or Dupont Circle.

    One of the best parts of Mount Pleasant is its retail corridor. It feels like a small town downtown with many locally owned businesses. Some feared that the arrival of the big box stores in Columbia Heights would hurt the small strip of shops and restaurants along Mount Pleasant street, but it seems to be thriving. These small stores are still being patronized by local residents and some great new places have come in. We love two socially conscious stores in particular that feature fair trade crafts and jewelry from around the world.  Amani Ya Juu sells textiles, jewelry and other crafts made by women throughout Africa. Proceeds from the store go back to the artists themselves and help to sustain the project.  The owner of Boveda travels to various countries in Central/South America, Africa and the Middle East and brings back beautiful and unique handcrafted jewelry and household items.  Now when it comes to restaurants, we are particular fans of Radius Pizza for some of the best pizza in town, Pollo Sabroso for killer Peruvian chicken, Haydees and the Raven for grungy neighborhood bars, Adams Express for delicious Korean food and Heller’s bakery for some good tres leches cake.

    Apart from some of the great neighborhood restaurants, another great place for foodies is the Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market, which is one of the best in the city. The community of Mount Pleasant appears to be very close-knit and proud and comes out to support the market each weekend and chat with their neighbors. In addition, Mount Pleasant hosts some fun events throughout the year; the most popular being the Latino Festival, when the streets are shut down and a parade of performers represent and celebrate a variety of Latino cultures.

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