Guide to Southwest Washington

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The Southwest Waterfront offers many outdoor recreation spots with great water views and activities. Walking and biking paths edge the Anacostia River which borders this neighborhood, as well as near the Washington Channel.

Also along the Channel is the impressive Titanic Memorial, a large granite statue honoring the RMS Titanic disaster.

With its own Green Line Metro station and bordered by I-395 for easy commuting to downtown and the Maryland suburbs, this neighborhood is a hotbed of development, including offices, hotels, residences, and retail multi-use complexes springing up all around the quadrant.

Theater buffs flock to the renowned Arena Stage, a cultural highlight of the district, well known for its edgy and experimental dramatic live theater productions. Founded in 1950, the theater is now housed in the shiny new 200,000-square-foot Mead Center, and boasts three stages. For pre-or after theater dinners, a variety of restaurants and cafes line the streets around the center.

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