Becoming What We Can Be: Stories of Community Development in Washington, DC

As the city faces a period of rapid change, we want to lift up the stories of those who helped transform it. From riots, flight and blight to rebirth and transformation learn about the people and places of the neighborhoods of Washington, DC. This book was created from over 150 hours of interviews with community leaders,  elected officials, staff of nonprofits, developers, philanthropists, and neighborhood residents.


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Chapters Include

  • Flashback: An Era of Unproven Possibility
  • City Policy on Neighborhood Development: The Early Years
  • Tribute: James G. Banks
  • The Death and Life of Columbia Heights
  • Tribute: Robert L. Moore
  • In Washington Soil, LISC Grows a National Model
  • A Renaissance on Minnesota Avenue
  • Tribute: Lloyd D. Smith
  • Banks Discover Profit in Neighborhood Development
  • Tribute: Karen Kollias
  • The Awakening of H Street
  • The Rise and Fall of the Neighborhood Development Assistance Program
  • The Forces of Philanthropy Rally Around Community Development
  • Tribute: W. Retta Gilliam
  • Protecting Renters, Promoting Homeownership: The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act
  • Tribute: Madeleine C. McCullough
  • Resurrecting the Whitelaw Hotel
  • Tribute: Jim Dickerson
  • The Washington Post Comments on Community Development
  • Restoring Quality — and Life — to Edgewood Terrace
  • Neighborhood Development Coalitions Find Their Voice
  • Circles of New Life Around the Parklands
  • Tribute: W. Christopher Smith, Jr.
  • The Long, Slow Road to a Dedicated Fund for Housing
  • Tribute: Charlene Drew Jarvis
  • Conclusion: A Look Back, and Ahead