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WASHINGTON, DC—U Street Main Street (USMS), a program of District Bridges, announced a new event series today. The series, Walk In Their Shoes, consists of four unique tour opportunities designed to foster a stronger sense of place for midcity residents and highlight the dynamic history of this neighborhood.

“As we start to emerge from two years of pandemic times, Walk In Their Shoes is an opportunity to strengthen connections between residents, businesses, and U Street history,” explains Brianne Dornbush, Executive Director of District Bridges. “Our goal is to showcase and highlight the incredible stories embedded in the corridor, particularly those of the African-American community, while re-introducing USMS to the neighborhood, engaging potential volunteers and stakeholders to further our mission.”

From April through September, USMS will offer four unique tour opportunities highlighting various aspects of the U Street corridor. These tours include:

  • APRIL 23: Design and Architecture, in partnership with DC Design Tours
  • JUNE 4: Black Business of U Street, in partnership with author Briana Thomas
  • JULY 28: Music and Murals of U Street, in partnership with author Briana Thomas
  • SEPTEMBER 24: Art All Night, in partnership with Black Broadway On U

Tickets can be purchased online and all proceeds go towards supporting USMS’ work to thrive together in an equitable, resilient, connected U Street.


District Bridges is a nonprofit organization with a mission to enrich neighborhood vitality by bridging community engagement and economic development opportunities so individuals, businesses, and organizations can thrive together. District Bridges operates six Main Street programs covering nine neighborhoods and serving over 1,000 businesses: Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant, Lower Georgia Avenue, Logan Circle, and U Street.