by nomabid
Washington, DC, April 24, 2008 – “From the Beatles to XM Radio: The Evolution of NoMa” is the subject of Cultural Tourism DC’s free neighborhood walking tour of the NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhood of Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 26 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Led by Elizabeth Price, President of the NoMa Business Improvement District, the tour will meet at the New York Avenue Metro station’s M Street exit.NoMa — the up-and-coming neighborhood just north of Union Station — is home to such landmarks as the Washington Coliseum (now known as the Uline Arena), site of the Beatles’ first US concert in 1967. The New York Avenue Metro station opened in 2004, igniting the pace of development in NoMa. With lead anchors like XM Radio, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and NPR, a new mixed-use neighborhood is taking shape.

The tour will highlight Uline Arena, a former coal yard, the historic C&P Telephone Company Warehouse, St. Aloysius Church and Gonzaga High School, the former Woodies Warehouse as well as remnants of the old Swampoodle neighborhood, Emily Beale estate, and Tiber Creek. In addition, tour attendees will receive an overview of the latest redevelopment plans for the area.

About the NoMa BID:
NoMa is an emerging mixed-use neighborhood north of the U.S. Capitol and Union Station in Washington DC. Private developers are investing more than $1 billion this year alone with plans to develop over 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space in the area covered by the NoMa BID over the next 10 years. For more information about the BID, including an interactive development map, see the BID Website at https://www.nomabid.org.

About WalkingTown DC:
Cultural Tourism DC presents WalkingTown, DC Spring Edition (Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27), a weekend of free neighborhood walking tours (and a few bike tours) across the city. Follow professional guides and community leaders as they share historic anecdotes, point out architectural gems, and discuss current issues. Discover both established and emerging Washington neighborhoods from Capitol Riverfront; H Street, NE; and Anacostia, in addition to better known spots like Georgetown, Capitol Hill, and Embassy Row.