Posts Tagged ‘Marion Barry’

Which D.C. Neighborhoods Were Gentrifying in 1979?

Over at Greater Greater Washington, D.C. historian John Muller made a great find: a June 1979 map of the city from the Department of Housing and Community Development. The map, titled "Housing Problems, Conditions & Trends in the District of Columbia," labels the D.C. neighborhoods that were on the rise and fall 35 years ago.
It was a hopeful [...]

Once a Foe of New Ward 8 Apartments, Barry Seeks Special Approval of Anacostia Project

Over the past few days, I've received nearly two dozen emails bearing a subject line that's some variant of "NO to Councilman Barry's 'EMERGENCY' Legislation!!!" What's the fuss all about? It concerns legislation by Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry that the D.C. Council will consider today. The bill—actually a set of three related bills—would allow the [...]

For Longtime Residents, Sometimes Gentrification Isn’t All Bad

There's nothing more divisive in the District than the G-word. Gentrification conjures up images of omnipresent dog boutiques and $5 lattes in what used to be working-class, wallet-friendly neighborhoods. The well-heeled people moving in call it neighborhood revival; the poorer folks being priced out call it displacement.
Except it's not that simple. Most longtime residents of [...]

A Big Chunk of Congress Heights Was Just Auctioned Off. Hardly Anyone Noticed.

On typical days, the sprawling collection of abandoned, mostly-built houses and vacant lots tucked behind 4th Street SE sits fenced-in and empty, a distorted mirror image of the flattened construction site across the street, which will soon become the new Ballou High School. But on a recent Wednesday afternoon, a crowd of mostly men (mostly [...]

Marion Barry Is the Only Councilmember Who Supports Changes to the Height Act

This morning, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson introduced symbolic legislation opposing any changes to the Height Act—including the proposed change that would give the D.C. Council some say on future building heights. All but one of his colleagues signed on as co-introducers of the bill. The lone holdout: Marion Barry.
Now, the Ward 8 councilmember has issued a [...]

The Conversion of Marion Barry on the Stadium Deal: An Oral History

In 1985, under then-Mayor Marion Barry, a D.C. government building opened at the riot-devastated intersection of 14th and U streets NW that helped revitalize the corridor. Twenty-eight years later, the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center is about the least vital building on that corridor. And so it's become a trading chip in the deal to build [...]

Marion Barry vs. Walmart

As we wait for the D.C. Council hearing—scheduled for 10 a.m., and set to include a final vote on the living wage bill—to get underway, let's take a look at a snapshot of the debate over the legislation, which would require retailers in excess of 75,000 square feet whose parent companies make at least $1 [...]

Jack’s Boathouse Will Take Park Service to Court

Jack's Boathouse, the popular Georgetown boating establishment facing eviction as early as next month, will file a complaint with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia this week to prevent the National Park Service from moving forward with its process to establish a new concession for the site.
The move comes after the [...]

Darrell Issa Outtakes: Marion Barry on D.C.’s Relationship With Congress

Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry has arguably the longest political memory of anyone in the District. Through his years as a community activist, civil rights leader, school board president, four-term mayor, jailbird, and now councilmember, he's seen it all, and he can recount nearly every detail. So it was a shame when I had to [...]

DCHA to Close Waiting List for Public Housing

The D.C. Housing Authority is making it official: If you're hoping to apply for public housing, you're out of luck.
Bread for the City reports that DCHA will close its waiting list for public housing indefinitely by the end of the year. Practically speaking, the move doesn't actually change much. The waiting list for the city's [...]

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