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First stand-alone Starbucks east of Anacostia brings excitement — and worries about displacement

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When Larry Jackson bought his first apartment in the Anacostia neighborhood in the late 1970s, he said Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE was a street “you didn’t want to walk on.”

In recent years, Jackson, a ­57-year-old mechanic, has seen new development push out the drugs and dealers he said once “loaded this street.”

Last week, the city said that Starbucks plans to open a store on the thoroughfare, its first stand-alone location in the poorest wards east of the Anacostia River, where the District has long struggled to attract national retailers.

“It shows Martin Luther King Highway is coming up,” said Jackson, standing outside Distad’s Tire and Auto, where he has worked for 18 years.

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), whose administration helped Starbucks choose the location in Maple View Flats, a housing and retail site the city is helping to build, said she knows “every corner of Washington, D.C., is a great place to do business.”

“This is how we expand prosperity — by being intentional about how we develop our neighborhoods and ensuring that as we grow, we create jobs for residents and set our communities up for long-term success,” Bowser said in a statement.

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#FortheCulture: KWANZAA IN AUGUST (KIA) FESTIVAL | Friday, August 3- Sunday, August 5, 2018

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#FortheCulture
Friday, August 3- Sunday, August 5, 2018
KWANZAA IN AUGUST (KIA) FESTIVAL
an arts & empowerment festival 
celebrating African-American culture
FREE ADMISSION WITH TICKET!
SHORT FILMS | MUSIC | VISUAL ART EXHIBIT
AND MORE!

​Featuring appearances by TEDX presenter Monica O. Montgomery,

 poets Kareema Wambuii and Alan King, 

filmmaker Pamela Woolford, 

author Tracy Chiles McGhee, 
children’s book author Aziza M. and more!
 
Some of our festival highlights include:
See entire festival line-up at KwanzaaInAugust.org
FUN FOR ALL AGES
Including a lively kids hour featuring 
children’s books, music and movement
centering the experiences of Black people!
THREE DAYS OF FREE ENTERTAINMENT, KNOWLEDGE SHARING & ENJOYMENT

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KWANZAA IN AUGUST (KIA) FESTIVAL | Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5

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Liberated Muse Arts Group
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#FortheCulture
Friday, August 3- Sunday, August 5, 2018
KWANZAA IN AUGUST (KIA) FESTIVAL
an arts & empowerment festival 
celebrating African-American culture
FREE ADMISSION WITH TICKET!
Creative Presentations, 
including 
SHORT FILMS | MUSIC | VISUAL ART EXHIBIT
AND MORE!
FUN FOR ALL AGES
Including a lively kids hour featuring 
children’s books, music and movement
centering the experiences of Black people!
THREE DAYS OF FREE ENTERTAINMENT, KNOWLEDGE SHARING & ENJOYMENT

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Anacostia’s Goodman League games

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