The heat goes up when the sun comes down on H Street NE, a 12-block strip of action east of Union Station near the Capitol in Washington. Once dominated by drugs and prostitutes, the street is now dotted with bars, lounges, restaurants and cultural spaces. At night the sidewalks are crowded and corner establishments throw their doors open and put tables outside. Neon signs flash on the low-rise storefronts. A trolley line along H Street will take visitors into the heart of the neighborhood; metro blogs buzz with updates about its maiden voyage, anticipated late in the year. Then it will be even easier to flock to this latest city hot spot.
— AUDREY HOFFER
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