DC Housing Authority Celebrates the Grand Opening of The Bixby

The DC Housing Authority (DCHA), Urban Atlantic, Forest City Washington, and other city and community officials celebrated the arrival of The Bixby with a ribbon cutting on Dec. 13. The $54 million, 195-unit building in the Capitol Riverfront area includes 39 replacement units as part of the fifth phase of the Capper/Carrollsburg redevelopment. “A clear […]

The Mayor’s Closing of DC General and Southwest’s Future

On Feb. 11, 2016, I attended Mayor Bowser’s community meeting for Southwest regarding her decision to close DC General and build short-term housing in each of the city’s eight wards. The location for one of those shelters is proposed to be located behind the Blind Whino Arts Center near the old Randall school. Every seat […]

DCHA Engages Residents on Future of Greenleaf

Last year, the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) unsuccessfully applied for a Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund the redevelopment planning process for nearly 500 units of public housing at Greenleaf. The Greenleaf community, which includes Greenleaf Gardens, Greenleaf Senior, Greenleaf Extension, and Greenleaf Addition, occupies […]

Public Housing Forum Puts Greenleaf Redevelopment in Context

On Monday, January 27th, over sixty Southwest residents came into the auditorium of the Greenleaf Recreation Center for a forum on preserving public housing hosted by SWNA and Empower DC. The first section of the event, presented by Schyla Poindexter-Moore of Empower DC, shared many facts about public housing, from the first housing projects in 1937 to the present. […]

SW Environmental Justice Project Moves Apace

The SW Environmental Justice group continues to research, monitor, report and campaign for improvements within our neighborhood. I was asked to report on some recent developments. One goal of environmental justice campaigns is to move toward zero waste management systems. This is undoubtedly a long-term goal, but many properties are methodically moving toward it. Tiber […]