The Archstone NoMa, finishing up.

If you ask a longtime D.C. resident where NoMa is, they might not know what you’re talking about. They should be forgiven: The formerly industrial district that hugs the railroad tracks behind Union Station has only really become someplace over the last ten years, with a cluster of office buildings filled by big government agencies, corporate headquarters, and non-profit associations. More recently, residential buildings and a Harris Teeter have put some life on the street on the weekends. And the pace is only accelerating, with lots getting bought left and right, and some 3,000 new residential units in the pipeline.

I didn’t even realize quite how much was going on until taking a tour with a staffperson from the NoMa Business Improvement District, which is preening itself over having the most going on out of any of the city’s BIDs (though the Capitol Riverfront could make a case for the top spot as well). Click here or on the picture above for a slideshow of most of the sites that are either under construction or might be in the near future. For the sites I missed, check out the BID’s handy development map, which is mostly up to date.