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I've always thought that Anacostia and all of Ward 8 is going to need some major attraction to bring people to the area, because like another reader commented - it is far from everything and there are better under-developed areas elsewhere. Mixed-use development wont be enough.

Look what The MCI Center (now Verizon) did for China Town. And look what Nats Park did for Near SE. Those are both now VERY viable, valuable neighborhoods.

I proposed that DC make a deal with PG County to switch the FBI building on Pennsylvania Ave with a new Redskins Stadium in Ward 8. Place the new stadium EXACTLY where Barry Farms is! This way it will be metro accessible and close to 395/295.

Also I could never understand why DC doesn't better utilize one of it's greatest natural resources. Anacostia as it is affectionately called, happens to sit right on a large body of water. For years this water has been thought to be toxic - and it probably is, but there are MAJOR clean up efforts in place. I think that developing the 'east of the river' side of the Anacostia along the waters edge, combined with a major attraction like the Redskins Stadium would make Anacostia a premiere neighborhood in DC.

Thoughts?

by SouthWest DC on Jan 23, 2013 2:23 pm • linkreport

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