So I just read this story about how Washington, DC has the widest gap between rich and poor. That’s no surprise – it’s well known among those that have lived in/near the area is that one block is GORGEOUS and the next block is piss-poor. Georgetown and the area near American University is phenomenal and the area near the Navy Yards is atrocious.
So I had to laugh when I saw this in the article: “Just last week, the city council approved a new authority to implement a $4 billion redevelopment of land along the Anacostia River, which has divided one of the poorest neighborhoods from the rest of DC.”
Uh…Anacostia? There is no way in hell I would ever even think about moving to Anacostia – I don’t care HOW much you think you can gentrify the area. I’ve been to Anacostia many times – or rather, I’ve gotten lost and driven through Anacostia several times trying not to draw attention to myself as I find my way back to civilization. I would highly doubt that any amount of money into that area would make it someplace someone would want to live. No joke – it’s a pit. It’s worse than Memphis!
But seriously, I hope it goes well – I hope that the city of DC isn’t pumping money into a neighborhood that will NEVER right itself, that will NEVER become gentrified, and will NEVER be a place that people want to hang their hats. Because right now? I think the money could be better spent elsewhere.