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Developers Chosen for Barry Farm

Police intervened in a recent contentious meeting over the fate of Barry Farm.

Police intervened in a recent contentious meeting over the fate of Barry Farm.

The D.C. Housing Authority selected a team today to redevelop Barry Farm, the public housing complex near Anacostia that's set to become a mixed-income community. The chosen team consists of nonprofit developer Preservation of Affordable Housing and Baltimore-based A&R Development, Jonathan O'Connell reports.

The developers have their work cut out for them. A community meeting last month for interested developers to present their plans to residents was called off after angry protesters—including some nonresidents led by the group Empower D.C.—shouted and chanted to prevent the developers from speaking. A second meeting had to be held privately.

The move to redevelop Barry Farm is part of a broader program to replace the concentrated poverty of low-income housing complexes across the city with mixed-income neighborhoods that include a one-to-one replacement of the subsidized housing units. The Housing Authority has received a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to plan the Barry Farm overhaul, and plans to apply for a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant to help fund the project.


  1. #1

    Nowhere in the plan is there a promise for one-to-one replacement of public housing units.

    While there will be 1-to-1 replacement of subsidized housing, it will be replacing "very low income" housing with "affordable" housing. The two are not the same thing, which means the vast majority of Barry Farm residents will be forced to leave, but not invited back.

    In spite of the fact that this exact form of displacement and public housing demolition happened with HOPE VI and even the Washington Post (!) reported on DCHA's failures to build promised units, that does not prevent Aaron Wiener from parroting the official line from the city without pause or inquisition.

    I am sure that if the city mistated the square footage of the newest dog park in upper NW, the City Paper would be all over it. However, since it is only the lives of Ward 8 public housing residents at stake, it seems the official alternative weekly is just pushing the government's program.

  2. #2

    Weiner: Will you be following up with a story about the lucky winner, A&R Development?

    Maybe it would be good to report on the questionable ethics they employ in getting contracts exactly like the one (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2001-06-17/news/0106160010_1_henson-public-housing-housing-commissioner).

    Or maybe see if they have any relevant experience. Like, if A&R Development has ever torn down public housing and rebuilt it, maybe in a HOPE VI grant, the model for Choice Neighborhoods. If they do have relevant experience then maybe that can serve as an indicator as to how worthy they are of this contract and how good of a job they might do this time around.

    Perhaps in the heyday of journalism, an alternative weekly somewhere questioned the official government line and press releases and checked to see quality of work. If only you had access to that type of reporting through some kind of computer connected to information stored in other computers.

    Or maybe the City Paper archives.

    Oh, nevermind.

  3. #3

    Now who didn't see this coming, you have a billion dollar new Coast Guard and Homeland Security Headquarters next door to one of the district most crime ridden Public Housing project. Mix use is coming however, I doubt if it will be like Henson Ridge which is getting just as bad as Barry Farms due to some of the same folks like those living in Barry Farms. A large percentage of folks bought houses under the guise that the majority of the people there would be home owners only to find out after purchasing their homes only to find out Section-8 out number Homeowners with break-ins, auto theft and robberies on the rise. Its to bad the enablers (Momma, Grand momma, Auntie and Baby Momma) and the no snitch Bull Shit, allows their thugs they enable and protect to destroy a neighborhood to the detriment of the honest law abiding citizens who must know suffer because of the knuckle heads. This will continue to happen until the District stop pitying these enablers and start enforcing the Public Housing and Section-8 Policy of evicting those who them selves or their off springs or baby daddies sell drugs or commit criminal acts in or on Public Housing property or use the property as a safe haven after committing criminal acts else where. When folks start losing their housing because of them enabling or protecting and Housing the neighborhood thugs. The message will be loud and clear. Until this happens, all the protest, vigil, police, teachers, Mayor will be to no avail. Barry Farms the next diverse minus thugs and knuckle heads neighborhood coming soon.

  4. #4

    I would suggest a trip to see Barry farms.

    Imagine the invisible hand giving you the finger, for years and years and years.

    But I digress. There's real people there, in trying circumstances. Nice of a & r and whoever that nonprofit is to help them out.

  5. Protect The People

    Welp... you want to fix the community, so there you have it. You cannot honestly expect for redevelopment to happen and it cater to the people currently living in that community.

    So long old DC, the cost of living will rise and all those residents will have to move. You can either stay in a poverty stricken area or complain as they fix the neighborhood for people who have the financial stability to live in the newly developed area.

  6. #6

    @Ward8, again, why don't you move WOTR so you won't have to be bothered by the likes of "those" enablers. It makes no sense never to have anything good to say about where you live and choose to focus on "those" people who aren't like you.

    Welcome to sillyville folks!

  7. #7

    Why complain? The writing is on the wall. Anyway, there is tons of room in PG for these folks.

  8. #8

    It hurts to hear people talk about a community and people they don't know. I'm not from DC but I moved here 5 years ago to teach at Anacostia Senior High School. Ana was the only school I wanted to teach at because I saw a community and children in need and I wanted to be a part of the solution.

    Not all kids are bad and to label all kids in Barry Farms and Ward 8 as bad is wrong. I have a number of former students born and raised in Ward 8 who are in college right now and preparing to graduate next year. We must stop labeling people based solely on where they live or their socioeconomic status.

    I'm not from here but I love it here. I love Ward 8 and I love the people, the culture and the history. Politics, gentrification, etc. aside, it's so important that we all become a part of the solution now rather than pointing fingers, becoming angry and getting nowhere. Please be a problem solver rather than a problem finder.

  9. What needs to be done

    I feel that this is needed. I am tired of the government hand feeding these behaviors. If the rules were put into force, drug transactions, baby daddy's, child molesters and poverty wouldn't be so prevalent. I have no sympathy for Ward 8, and this is coming from an African American. I am the product of the "projects" and I knew at an early age that I wanted different for myself.(this motivation didn't come from my parents, but more so the lack of parenting) So kudos to the people who want to create a mixed income area. People are tired of living in fear because lazy individuals would rather rob than to get a job.

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