Seeking Equitable Redevelopment in Southeast DC

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This article was originally posted by Public Square, a CNU Journal. To read the rest of the article, click here.

The closure of St. Elizabeths, a federal mental hospital in southeast Washington DC, left a gaping hole in the urban fabric in the 1980s. For three decades the hole remained. Public confidence frayed as residents of nearby Congress Heights watched promises of redevelopment fall flat for a number of reasons, including the lack of a federal anchor tenant.

But DC is now gaining a thousand new residents a month and the 183-acre city-owned eastern half of the historic hospital, next to the Congress Heights Metro station, is a prime redevelopment area in the early stage of construction.….read the full article.

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