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A New Era For the 14th Street Corridor

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Elsayed Mansour has co-owned 1409 Playbill Cafe since 1981. He's hoping to move the business to a lower-rent neighborhood soon.
Rebecca Sheir
Elsayed Mansour has co-owned 1409 Playbill Cafe since 1981. He's hoping to move the business to a lower-rent neighborhood soon.

After the 1968 riots, Northwest D.C.'s 14th Street was dominated by prostitutes, drug dealers and panhandlers. As the century turned, so did the neighborhood: now the stretch between Rhode Island and U is home to posh retailers and high-class eateries, with plenty of development on the way. Yet over the past few months, a number of local businesses have announced they're shutting their doors -- some with hopes of moving to a lower-rent neighborhood. Rebecca Sheir talks with retailers and restaurateurs in the 14th Street corridor about the changing face of the area, and what the future might hold.

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