This special report was written by Rachel Kaufman and published on October 7, 2014 in Elevation DC.
Excerpt: “I’m standing with LISC DC director Oramenta Newsome in the parking lot of a Giant in Southeast DC. It’s a hot day and it’s the middle of the day, but the parking lot is packed.
“If you were here 10 years ago, you would be standing in Camp Simms,” a former DC National Guard training site, then a polluted brownfield. “To your left was public housing,” Newsome says. “It would have been extremely deteriorated.” Now, here in Congress Heights, there’s a Giant–the second-largest in the city–and a shiny revamped strip mall with a bank, shoe store, and an IHOP.”