One of the most exciting "up and coming" areas in the District is Northeast Capitol Hill, also known as the "H Street Corridor", and the "Atlas District". A once (and still somewhat) blighted neighborhood and commercial district that was devastated during the MLK riots, it is attracting new, big name investment every day. It is already an off-beat cultural district and home of the renovated Atlas Theatre and the ever popular Joy of Motion dance studio. Neighborhood visionaries like Jim Abdo (luxury condo developer largely responsible for the Logan Circle revitalization) and Joe Englert (owner of the Lucky Bar and other well-known DC nightspots) have set their eyes on the H street NE strip. Abdo has condos coming up at 3rd and H, and Englert has opened or is opening about a half a dozen restaurants, bars, and hip spots. In addition, the neighborhood is sandwiched between other huge development projects, including a planned residential/commercial complex by the Cohen Group at 3rd and L, and the New Town project off of Florida Avenue. Both of these sites are adjacent to the new and under-utilized Florida Metro on the Red Line. The H street corridor itself starts at about .5 miles from the Union Station and Florida Ave. metros - not a far walk, but not really a pleasant walk in light of the general disrepair of the neighborhood. The bus routes are great, but the buses are unpleasant. The relative absence of nice, clean, safe reliable transportation, however, led developers, city officials, and residents to convince the city to build a streetcar connecting the corridor to NW. That plan is still a few years out though. Finally, the area is due for a city "streetscape", where its sidewalks, roads, landscaping, and street lights are scheduled to be replaced to create a more pleasant environment. Lots of real estate deals in the area right now - especially from amateur developers selling their renovated row homes and "shell" properties that need gut jobs. H street is not a 2 year "get rich" scheme. It's going to take 5+ years for the area to really improve, but if the active commitment from the residents and the business community is sustained, it will come to fruition. If you can deal with the grit of the neighborhood now, it could pay off with some patience.