44 years ago this week, in April 1968, a number of DC's major commercial corridors were under siege by rioters following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. From Wikipedia:
"As word of King's murder in Memphis, Tennessee spread on the evening of Thursday, April 4, crowds began to gather at 14th and U. Stokely Carmichael, the Trinidad and Tobago-born activist and Howard University graduate, [...] led members of the [Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee] to stores in the neighborhood demanding that they close out of respect. Although polite at first, the crowd fell out of control and began breaking windows. By 11pm, widespread looting had begun, as well as in over 30 other cities."
Check out the video below of DC's 14th Street NW -- out of control and burning -- filmed during the riots:
But don't stop there. 14th Street NW (home to our Restoration Diary building), as well as many of the other corridors affected during the riots, are well on their way to becoming healthy and vibrant places to be. Here's a slideshow of what 14th just south of U Street looks like now.