Behind DC USA sits a row of functioning, well-managed eateries, shops and small bodegas. They are known for good hospitality and even better authentic ethnic cuisine. Their goods and services have been staples in the ColumbiaHeights community for decades as they had shown themselves to be lasting businesses despite years of poor public lighting, poor trash management and dilapidated buildings.
In 2007, the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) partnered with the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights (DCCH) and the businesses on the 1400 block of Park Road NW to transform the block by drastically renovating the storefront facades.
In addition to improved facades, the business owners on Park Road formed the Coalition of Park Road Businesses (CPRB) and together, with DCCH, successfully fought for Park Road's inclusion in the Columbia Heights Public Realm. As a result, Park Road received from the City decorated brick sidewalks, new and improved street lighting, and better trash can placement.
The Park Road Facade Improvement Project was completed in 2009.