Pop-up Arboretum Hanging Out in Lansburgh Park

By District Department of Transportation Staff DDOT Urban Forestry Division and Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) are collaborating on a new initiative, a pop-up arboretum in Lansburgh Park, launching around August 2. The pop-up arboretum is a temporary exhibit of nineteen notable trees ranging from a young paw paw tree to mature yellow buckeye trees. […]

Op-Ed: Auditor’s Report Reveals DCHA Continues to Neglect Lead Issues

By Cameron Etessami and Rachael Davis, Members of Southwest Action A November report from the Office of the DC Auditor (ODCA) highlighted major concerns regarding lead-based paint exposure in public housing. The Report asserts that the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) largely neglected to execute proper lead abatement after hazards were noted in the mandatory lead-risk […]

Buzzard Point: Dusty Questions Remain

By Matt Koehler Last month, The Southwester published an article that investigated complaints of pollution and excess dust experienced by long-existing border communities and incoming residents in and around Buzzard Point. Our investigation centered around the ready-mix concrete plants that operate out of the area and delved into whether those plants were continuing to exacerbate […]