Equitable development planning and the importance of historical context

EQUITY/PLANNING |  In a recent report on the 11th Street Bridge Park in the District, the authors, Mary Bogle, Somala Diby and Mychal Cohen chose to open it with a focus on community history and economic development in and around Wards 7 and 8 rather than the data about homes purchased, local small businesses assisted, construction worker trainees placed, or pounds of fruit and vegetables harvested. (Next City, 3/7)

Those are the wards with the highest poverty rates and highest percentage of black residents in the District, and compared with Ward 6 on the other side of the future Bridge Park, dramatically lower rates of higher education, and much higher rent burdens. “It’s difficult to talk about achieving equity in the present day without taking a nod to the way that structural racism has manifested,” says Diby. “We can talk really generally about how structural racism manifests in space, but to lay it out explicitly, to show how this is not accidental, there’s a reason why this part of the city is facing what it’s been facing … that’s powerful.”

DISTRICT | House Of Representatives Supports DC Statehood With Historic Vote (WAMU, 3/8)

HOUSING | DC’s Wealthiest Neighborhoods Have Built Little Affordable Housing, But That Could Soon Change (BISNOW, 23/8)

– Should Magruder Park in Hyattsville, MD be renamed since the land was given for “whites-only”? (WaPo, 3/10)

Should DC’s Woodrow Wilson High change its name? (WaPo, 3/10)

TRANSIT | Metro ridership hits a low point. (WaPo, 3/10)

HOUSING | Housing prices in DC have risen by almost $100,000 over the last five years. (UrbanTurf, 3/8)

STEM | An all-girls math competition aims to inspire girls to pursue STEM. (WTOP, 3/10)

PHILANTHROPY | During International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, philanthropy has an opportunity to celebrate the fact that women of color are an ever-growing force and work to advance the urgent needs of women and girls of color. (Chronicle, 3/8)

Tired this morning after Spring-ing Forward? Here’s a little history behind Daylight Saving Time and the measurable impacts on health.

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