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Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 10/04/2011

D.C.’s U Street and Alexandria’s King Street ‘great places’


(NIKKI KAHN - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Two local streets — U Street NW in D.C. and King Street in Alexandria — are receiving a gold star from the American Planning Commission’s “Great Places in America” program.

According to the APA website: “They are places where people want to be — not only to visit, but to live and work every day.”

View photos and discuss after the jump:

From the report:

U Street has gone through difficult times, particularly the lingering aftermath of devastating riots following the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today the street is pulsing again with the music, businesses and life that, in the early 1900s, distinguished it as the main street of Washington’s “city within a city.”


The historic Lincoln Theatre is a D.C. landmark, but is again on the brink of a funding disaster. (NIKKI KAHN - THE WASHINGTON POST)

• News related to this photo: Historic Lincoln Theatre may close


Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street NW, Washington. (Jeffrey Porter - The Washington Post )

News related to this photo: Ben’s Chili Bowl to be closed for a few days due to repairs

From the report:

[Alexandria:] Planning and preservation have ensured that King Street, part of the "Old and Historic District" in Alexandria's "Old Town" neighborhood, balances the past with the present.


Old Town Alexandria, Va., on King Street. (Jeffrey Porter - The Washington Post )


King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Va., looking towards the George Washington Masonic Monument. (Jeffrey Porter - The Washington Post)

Related to this photo: In Old Town Alexandria, people put an artistic spin on fashion (VIDEO)

Which other streets deserve recognition? Tell us in the comments. (Hat tip to DCist.)

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