Culturally, Ward 5 offers several art epicenters on main streets including Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue. Langdon, located east of Brookland, is known for being the home of Go-Go artist Chuck Brown (the neighborhood hosts a small festival in the local park to celebrate his birthday every year). Frozen Tropics, one of Ward 5’s well-known blogs, gives details about the upcoming H Street Festival, further illustrating the community’s love for the arts.
“The annual event highlights the unique spirit of Washington, D.C.’s H Street NE Corridor and is one of the most popular in the region,” reads a press release on the event. “The Festival regularly attracts a crowd of over 125,000 fun-seekers. This year, the H Street Festival will have a “Love” theme, and there will be attractions for attendees throughout.”
Other blogs like the Brookland Bridge, started by residents who “saw the neighborhood we love transforming before our eyes and realized that our fellow neighbors needed a reliable, straightforward source of information,” offer a closer look into happenings around the ward--including new apartment complexes, grocery stores, and even local crime reports-- that may be overlooked by major news outlets.
Ward 5 is represented by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, who has served in this position since 2012 and is currently running for re-election. McDuffie has legislatively advocated for affordable housing options within Ward 5 as well as education and juvenile justice reform.
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