Thursday, September 26, 2013

? of the Day : Relocating government agencies to underserved communities, is it working?

DC Department of Housing and Community Development in Anacostia

Anacostia has the DC Lottery and the DC Department of Housing and Community Development. Congress Heights the Coast Guard and in Ward 7 (sorry don't know the neighborhood name) there is the Department of Employment Services.

Do these day-time workers really have a significant impact on the businesses and organizations in their immediate neighborhoods? Considering the current lack of quality dining, retail and entertainment options can we expect more than a "pop in and pop out" mentality?   How much net positive input can you expect from a small to mid-size Monday - Friday daytime workforce?

Would Ward 8 have been better off with a shiny new soccer stadium or a relocated Reeves Center?

Inquiring minds want to know. Please comment -- even anonymously. ;)

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Anonymous said...

There are four points that need to be discussed to answer your question(s). The points are amenities, affordability, perception and personal responsibility. Without amenities people will come in and leave. We must continue to make Ward 8 affordable for curent residents as well as for new residents. People have to change there perceptions of Ward 8. They should not hold on to long held negative beliefs about a community that is viable and positive. Finally, if the Ward is to grow and amentiies are to come and stay we residents must be accountable for our actions and ensure that we do what is postive for the ward.

h st ll said...

Thinking out loud, is some of it scale? The DCHD building is relatively small. The Coast Guard (and Reeves Center) will be much larger projects, which may be a difference maker. Of course, the St. E's projects have a huge drawback of the massive walls, limiting neighborhood interactions.

Richard Layman of RPUS has made the point that at least some of these neighborhoods EOTR (that we are discussing) are adequately served at the present by the present shopping centers (the one with the Giant on Alabama Ave, and the one with the Safeway near Naylor Rd)...

Either way, I don't think you can deny that the trajectory is trending upwards...