A Gateway to Southwest: New Frederick Douglass Bridge Opens with Community Gathering

 By Melissa Silverman On a sunny Labor Day in Southwest, community members gathered to celebrate a transportation and infrastructure milestone: the completion of the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.  Located between Audi Field and South Capitol Street, the new bridge will ferry pedestrians, cyclists and motorists across the Anacostia River. The first to cross the […]

Community Grant Opportunity

The Southwest Community Foundation (SWCF) announces a special grant opportunity that opens October 1, 2021. The foundation expects to award up to seven grants of between $1,000 and $10,000 for innovative projects that enhance the lives of people living in Near Southwest DC. The grant funds have been made possible by a community-benefits agreement negotiated […]

Community Center Seeks Community Engagement Participants

By Southwest DC Community Center Community Engagement and Communications Committee After a successful crowdfunding campaign powered by generous neighbors, the Southwest DC Community Center (SWDCCC) volunteer Community Engagement and Communications Committee is embarking on a community engagement initiative to lay the groundwork for co-creating the future SWDCCC.  This initiative will empower local youth as Civic […]

The Opening of the New Southwest Library

By Southwester Staff The new Southwest library opening was truly a Southwest event, with Southwest’s favorite son Ben Sands serenading the small group with beautiful flute music. Library Executive Director Richard Reyes Gavilan kicked off the short ceremony and thanked those who had a role in the new library’s creation.  The next speaker, Ward 6 […]

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 […]