- K Street (Washington, D.C.)
K Street is a major thoroughfare in the
United States capitalof Washington, D.C.known for the numerous think tanks, lobbyists, and advocacy groups that exercise influence from its location.
In alignment with its Cartesian-coordinate-based street system, there are two noncontiguous roadways designated as K Street within the city. The term "K Street" almost always refers to the northern K Street.
The northern K Street, which carries a segment of U.S. Route 29, begins in the city's Northwest quadrant as K St. NW, just west of the abutment of the old Aqueduct Bridge on the Georgetown waterfront. The street travels east underneath the
Whitehurst Freeway, crosses Rock Creek and continues through downtown D.C. After its intersection with North Capitol Street, the street's designation changes to K Street NE as it enters the Northeast quadrant. The street ends at Florida Avenue in the Near Northeastneighborhood, just south of Gallaudet University.
The Georgetown section of the street was known as Water Street prior to the
Georgetown street renamingof 1895. West of 33rd Street NW, the United States Postal Servicestill recognizes both "K Street" and "Water Street" in addresses. The westernmost end of K Street occupies the former right of way of the Georgetown Branch or the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. When that line was abandoned, K Street was extended west to the Washington Canoe Club. The rest of the Georgetown right of way is now occupied by the Capital Crescent Trail, which begins at the terminus of K Street.
K Street provides a major east-west thoroughfare for traffic through Washington, primarily from
Mount Vernon Squareto the Whitehurst Freeway. The street continues through Georgetown under the Whitehurst Freeway, however most westbound traffic exits to the freeway. A portion of the street travels in a tunnel underneath Washington Circle, allowing through traffic to avoid the circle. Portions of the street are divided into both "local" (or service) lanes and "express" lanes in both directions.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authorityhas been studying the conversion of K Street into part of a proposed busway. The route would begin at Georgetown Universitycross downtown Washington on K Street, switch to Massachusetts Avenue at Mount Vernon Square, and end at Union Station. Currently, the DC Circulatorprovides service along most of the proposed route, although it must share right of way with other vehicles.
"K Street" is a common metonym for Washington's
lobbyingindustry. Many of the major Washington lobbying firms are located on the section which passes from Georgetown through a portion of Downtown D.C.
K Street in the media
K Street is the home of
al-Jazeera's Washington bureau. The street inspired a television series on the HBOnetwork by the same name, "K Street".
* [http://www.wmata.com/about/expansion/kst_busway.pdf K Street Busway project leaflet] (.pdf format)
* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/21/AR2005062101632.html "The Road to Riches Is Called K Street"]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
H Street (Washington, D.C.) — The H Street Corridor is a commercial district in the heart of the Near Northeast neighborhood – also known as Old City, Capitol Hill North, and Cap Valley – in Northeast Washington, D.C. The neighborhood was one of Washington s earliest and… … Wikipedia
M Street (Washington, D.C.) — The name M Street refers to two major thoroughfares in the United States capital of Washington, D.C.Because of the Cartesian coordinate based street naming system in Washington, the name M Street can be used to refer to any east west street… … Wikipedia
20th Street (Washington, D.C.) — Three streets in Washington, D.C. are designated Twentieth Street. They are differentiated by quadrant in the city s Cartesian coordinate based street naming system. Twentieth Street east of the Capitol and north of East Capitol Street is called… … Wikipedia
7th Street (Washington, D.C.) — There are four north south arteries in Washington, D.C. named Seventh Street that are differentiated by the quadrants of the city in which they are located.eventh Street SouthwestSeventh Street SW begins at Water Street and Maine Avenue, near the … Wikipedia
West Fourth Street–Washington Square (New York City Subway) — Infobox NYCS name = West Fourth Street–Washington Square accessible = yes bg color = #11117D bg color 2 = #FF6E1A line = IND Eighth Avenue Line line 2 = IND Sixth Avenue Line service=West 4th platforms = 4 island platforms (2 on each level)… … Wikipedia
West Fourth Street–Washington Square (estación) — West Fourth Street–Washington Square … Wikipedia Español
Church of St. Paul's, K Street (Washington, D.C.) — This article is about St. Paul s Parish, K Street (Washington, D.C.). For St. Paul s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish (D.C.), see St. Paul s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish (Washington, D.C.). The Interior of St. Paul s Parish, decorated… … Wikipedia
King Street (Washington Metro) — Infobox Station name = King Street logo size = 50px image size = image caption = address = 1900 King Street Alexandria, VA 22301 line = other = The Alexandria Union Station is across the street from Metro Station; transfers can be made to VREX… … Wikipedia
Van Dorn Street (Washington Metro) — Infobox Station name = Van Dorn Street logo size = 50px image size = image caption = address = 5690 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22310 line = other = platform = 1 island platform tracks = 2 parking = 361 spaces bicycle = 20 racks, 6 lockers… … Wikipedia
Washington Street (Cape May) — Washington Street is the name of a major east west street in downtown Cape May, New Jersey. It begins at Lafayette Street (New Jersey Route 109) and (officially) ends at Ocean Street. Unofficially, there is a famous walkway, named the Washington… … Wikipedia