Banking big time of the Field of Dreams theory of development, the nation’s capital is hoping that if they build it, people will come -- “it” being a $2.5 billion entertainment district along DC’s long-overlooked southwest waterfront. Opening this October, District Wharf is easily the coolest new waterfront development in America, with bars, restaurants, condos, a distillery, a 6,000-seat music venue at The Anthem, and a sure-perty setting on the Potomac River.
DC is also taking what’s already existed in this ‘hood and improving upon it. The Arena Stage -- once the only reason anyone went to Southwest after sunset -- continues to be one of the top cultural destinations in the city. The Spy Museum, already a DC favorite for visitors, will be opening its expansive new digs in 2018 near L’Enfant Plaza, with the world's largest collection of espionage artifacts. In November, the massive Museum of the Bible opens with in-museum geo-locators and a massive LED ceiling, claiming to be the the most technologically advanced museum in America. And running right through the middle will be the SW 10th Street Greenway, a grand promenade running from the Smithsonian down to the Wharf’s entrance.