Tenleytown was a small Maryland town before its incorporation into the new American capital. It served D.C. during the Civil War as home to Fort Reno and was home to a freed black community until the federal government removed most of these residents to construct public infrastructure. Tenleytown grew into a white, middle-class neighborhood along Wisconsin Avenue streetcar line and subsequently received a Metro stop in 1984. The retail corridor is supported by the area’s low-density residential and has started to evolve with the rest of D.C.. American University also calls Tenleytown home.

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4000 Wisconsin Ave NW

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Dancing Crab

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Fannie Mae Headquarters

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Frequency Apartments

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The Broadcast

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The Ladybird

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What the 10-acre mixed-use redevelopment of D.C.’s Fannie Mae headquarters will entail

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