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DC’s Comprehensive Plan needs to treat displacement as a serious problem

Jae Alan



A growing Washington, DC is a good thing, but that growth done poorly can lead to painful changes for lower-income people who have made the city their home through boom and bust. The Comprehensive Plan could manage growth in a way that doesn’t pit the needs of our burgeoning population and the needs of more vulnerable residents against one another.

As DC continues to grow, many affordable communities are being considered for redevelopment, either because repairs are desperately needed or because the owner’s commitments or leases are expiring. In some cases these sites represent opportunities to not only renovate buildings in disrepair, but also add more homes to the community. The fear and risk is that this same redevelopment means losing existing cheaper housing that many must have if they’re going to stay in the community.

GGWash contributor Pete Rodrigue covered one such development, Brookland Manor, in depth. At that particular site, the owner is proposing to redevelop an aging complex of subsidized affordable and market-rate affordable homes into a mixed-income community with much greater density.

While the owners have agreed to keep many of the subsidized homes there, advocates and community members have rallied against the project because current plans would not replace every single unit of low-cost housing that’s currently there.

I’ve heard from these advocates and others about their deep anger and frustrations about this process. They feel that when the development comes under review, there are not enough tools to fight against displacement.

The current Comprehensive Plan, a land use document that guides city wide policy and individual zoning cases, describes the problem of displacement but offers little in terms of clear actions to prevent it. Here is the one and only policy in the Housing Element of the Comp Plan that directly addresses displacement:

Policy H-2.1.3: Avoiding Displacement

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Please Support the Afro-American Newspaper

Jae Alan



News publications all across this country are struggling to survive,  the Afro-American Newspaper as well finds itself struggling to adjust to the changing times.  The Afro has no doubt been one of the most vibrant sources of news and information in the black community since 1892.  You can play an integral part in its ultimate revival as a vital and competitive institution for news and media by simply purchasing a $20 subscription of its e-Edition or a $60 subscription of its e-Edition and print newspaper.  The newspaper’s goal for the year is 10,000 new subscribers.

Please help the Afro reach its goal and  preserve one of the most influential resources of our time.   Go to today.

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Black Panther film inspires celebration of all things Africa

Jae Alan



As Marvel’s latest film Black Panther continues to blow box-office predictions out of the water, the film has also been instrumental in bringing African culture to the fore.

Starring Chadwick Boseman and a stellar cast that includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett, the superhero film is an Afrofuturistic vision – where science fiction and fantasy are infused with cultures of the African diaspora.

While the setting of Wakanda is a fictional country, it draws on plenty of real-life influences from African cultures around the continent, from the ritual scarring on Erik Killmonger’s ripped body, which originates from tribes in Ethiopia; to the Zulu headdresses predominantly worn in South Africa, seen on Queen Mother Ramonda.

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Anacostia Events

Jazz Brunch featuring Karen Lovejoy March 11, 3-5PM FREE

Jae Alan



In performance the Lovejoy name rings true. Her warm stage presence and harmonious tone resonates a kind of joy that leaves the music always hopeful. Karen knows that the blues is an integral part of jazz and will frequently add a twist of down home blues to her repertoire. Lovejoy has produced a number of original tunes including the title cut for the groups latest CD, Spellbound.
Have brunch at Capitol Hill Crabcakes in Anacostia Arts Center then enjoy the music for free!

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