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Alan B. makes some good points. OTOH, as those other areas build out, Anacostia will have more opportunity and should have in any case.

E.g., when you listed weact radio I thought about how WPFW has to find a new place to live, why not MLK Jr. Ave. as an addition to the coming "Anacostia" (formerly H St.) Playhouse, etc.

I have to read the ULI document, but I've argued for years that there isn't an Anacostia revitalization plan. (AEDC controlled the dev. agenda for so long.) Although the AWI people would probably disagree with me.

It's coming, maybe it's 10 years, maybe it's 20 years. But I see a greater preponderance of positive changes beginning to add up to some critical mass. Maybe not a tipping point, but it's building.

The challenge would be for AEDC to do a truly community initiated plan, engage the community, engage DHCD, have a program to bring abandominiums up on line (I actually talked about that with Michael Kelly).

To do a community uplift plan where to be successfully revitalized, it's not based on displacement.

And as the extant places are improved, it makes additional grayfield development like St. E's more possible.

I haven't read the plan yet, but Urbanophile did a piece on the revitalization through shrinkage plan for Detroit, led by former DC dept. director of planning Toni Griffin, who was involved in AWI too.

You should read it and think about what a revitalization plan should look like for Anacostia. There are so many opportunities, but yes, people want to be close to success not failure, which is why developers would rather build/add density in successful places, rather than build in weak markets.

by Richard Layman on Jan 23, 2013 1:05 pm • linkreport

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