Welcome to the Palisades

The Palisades area is located in Northwest Washington along the Potomac River, between Key Bridge and Chain Bridge. Hugging the Potomac River with its high bluffs and breathtaking sunsets, the Palisades is a treasure of green spaces in the nation's capital.
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Welcome to the Palisades

Our area is laced with winding parks where dappled light filters through canopies of old trees. It's filled with quiet streets and dotted with houses all of varying styles, from a loving home originally built as a late 19th century dance hall to detailed Victorian designs to the more modern homes.
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Welcome to the Palisades

Ask anyone why we consider this a small town in a big city and you're likely to get the same answer: the people who live here. They are some of the friendliest in Washington.
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Welcome to the Palisades

We're an eclectic mix of all ages and sizes, lots of families (and pets) and folks with wide-ranging interests and incomes. But we all care about our community and give a lot to make it special.
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Welcome to the Palisades

Whether it's maintaining flower beds in the median lining MacArthur Boulevard, rebuilding the children's playground and landscaping at our local Recreation Center, or creating our own tax-exempt fund to support community projects, this is definitely a community of doers.
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Welcome to the Palisades

Our annual July 4 parade, sponsored by local businesses and Palisades t-shirt sales, is a DC tradition after more than 45 years.
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Welcome to the Palisades

And increasingly, we're becoming the choice location for a growing number of educational institutions, including our outstanding public Key Elementary School. Our merchants are friendly and our restaurants include some of the best in the city.
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Welcome to the Palisades

We are fortunate to call the Palisades our home -- close to the vibrancy of the city yet surrounded by beautiful nature.

Community Announcements


Mayoral Candidates' Forum - September 18, 2014

Updated September 8, 2014

American University, in collaboration with the Palisades Citizens Association, Ward 3 Vision, and the Kennedy Political Union, will host a debate among qualified candidates for Mayor of the District of Columbia on Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center’s Abramson Recital Hall. The debate will be moderated by NBC4’s Tom Sherwood and feature WAMU’s Patrick Madden and Kavitha Cardoza and The Washington Post’s Clinton Yates as panelists.

Free parking is available in the Katzen Arts Center garage off of Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby outside of the Abramson Recital Hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The Recital Hall seats 210 people and a live feed of the event will also be broadcast to an overflow room in the Katzen Arts Center.

Questions will be posed to the candidates by the moderator and media panel. Questions will come from the event organizers, the audience (via cue cards, not live), and Twitter.

For additional information, please contact AU’s Director of Community Relations, Andrew Huff, at ahuff@american.edu.

Palisades July 4th Parade & Picnic a Huge Success

Updated July 9, 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended or marched in the annual July 4th parade. The weather was the best it's ever been! The PCA is deeply grateful for the support of the businesses, churches and organizations who contributed to make this parade possible. Click here for a complete list, and please suppport these community spirited businesses!

Glen Echo Trolley Right-of-Way

Updated July 19, 2014

Discussion is underway about upgrading the old Glen Echo Trolley right-of-way. The part of the trail under discussion is from Georgetown University to Galena Place.

Click here to watch a youtube video of the trail.

Click here to see a map of the trail.

Click here to see pictures of the trail.

Click here to see photos of Foundry Bridge.

Click here for the notes from the February 13, 2014 meeting.

Click here for notes from the May 7, 2014 meeting.

Click here for the notes from the June 23, 2014 meeting.

Click here for the notes from the August 5, 2014 meeting.

Safeway Update

Updated September 1, 2014

Safeway's plans to present revised plans for the re-development of the MacArthur Safeway are on "temporary hold, until some issues resolve themselves," according to Safeway representatives.  They note that many of these issues relate to the priority of completing Safeway's merger with Albertson's.  As a result "some projects are taking more time,' and one of the key questions that needs an answer is how the "real estate arm will work with management."  They stressed that while they thought the MacArthur development was not "entirely" on hold, Safeway internal resources have been diverted in the near term.

The PCA has agreed to host a special meeting dedicated to discussing their revisions when Safeway is ready. The PCA has retained DC zoning attorney Marty Sullivan and transportation consultants Symmetra Design to help us be as prepared as possible for any new proposal.

To see a summary of their presentation to the November 5 PCA general membership meeting, click here.

Click here to see 18 slides depicting what Safeway is proposing.

To view the results of the Benefit and Amenities Committee's community survey, click here.

For more information on Safeway's plans and the PCA's involvement, click here.

To read the minutes from the September Task Force meeting, click here.

To read the summary from the Architecture Committe, click here.

To see Safeway's own website, click here.

To see the resolution adopted by the PCA's Safeway Task Force in June 2013, click here.

To see measurements of building heights in the area surrounding the MacArthur Safeway, click here.

Palisades Farmers Market

The Palisades Farmers market is thriving! Please visit on Sundays, 9:00 - 1:00pm on 48th Place. It's open all year round. Visit their website for more details! Check out this short promotional video by Chelsey Gabrielson.

Hillcrest Neighborhood

Find out what is new in the Palisades’ sister neighborhood, Hillcrest! You are invited to their 25th Anniversary Luncheon on Saturday, September 27th, 11-2pm.Click here for more details.