Park View is a neighborhood in central Washington, D.C., immediately north of Howard University. The name of the neighborhood comes from its views east over the campus of the Old Soldiers’ Home. At the time Park View was developed, and well into the 1960s, the Home’s grounds were open to the public as a park. Those grounds were a designed urban landscape, including pedestrian paths and ponds, modeled along the principles of New York City’s Central Park. A solidly residential community, Park View is a quiet corner of the city. Its one commercial corridor, Georgia Avenue, has its share of liquor stores and empty storefronts, but increasing interest in the corridor has attracted other goods and services to the area. The revitalization of the corridor began with the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. Since then, a number of new restaurants and taverns have opened and, along with decades old businesses, continue the commercial revitalization of the community.
The community is well served by two Metrorail stations. Both stations are on the Yellow and Green lines. The most convenient for northern Park View is the Georgia Avenue-Petworth station which is situated at the northeast corner of Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues and just over the Park View border in Petworth.