Beyond its dive bars, renovated rowhouses, and liquor stores, Ward 1 has long occupied a distinguished place in D.C.’s punk-rock history. Few people know more about that history than Mark Andersen, who with Mark Jenkins wrote the book about it: Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation’s Capital. Andersen, also the co-founder of activist group Positive Force D.C., leads occasional free tours of D.C.’s most prominent punk-rock landmarks. He hasn’t firmed up a date for his next tour, but anyone interested in, say, Irving Street NW’s past as a Riot Grrrl stronghold should contact Andersen at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the date of the next one. He’ll even soundtrack the walk.
This graphic originally misidentified 18th St. NW as Adams Mill Road NW. It has been updated.