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February 25, 2020 ALLY SCHWEITZER February 25, 2020 Churchill Gardens is a social housing community in London. Progressives in the D.C. area are calling for similar housing to be built here.Scott Wylie/Flickr “Public housing” isn’t such a loaded term in Vienna, Austria. In the European capital, public housing is attractive and well-maintained. It’s located near...
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ANDREW GIAMBRONE FEB 12, 2020 For the last eight years, Will Merrifield has fought on the front lines of D.C.’s gentrification wars. As an attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, he represented the tenant associations at two large, affordable complexes in Congress Heights and Brentwood, both slated for redevelopment into denser, mixed-use projects on...
MITCH RYALSALEXA MILLS  NOV 13, 2019 12 PM Broken lock at G Street Apartments, February 2017DARROW MONTGOMERYExiled slumlord Sanford Capital agreed to pay $1.1 million to 155 tenants in three of its residential properties as part of another settlement with the District, the Office of the Attorney General announced today. The settlement resolves three consumer protection lawsuits...
Tatyana Hopkins May 16, 2018  Brookland Manor (Shevry Lassiter/The Washington Informer) The appeal of the nearly $600 million redevelopment of the Brookland Manor complex in Northeast will halt the first phase of construction and force the developer to reconsider its plans for the 20-acre, 19-building housing complex at the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and...
By Fenit Nirappil May 10, 2018 at 4:29 p.m. The District is running one of its most controversial landlords out of town. After years of racking up housing code violations and lawsuits alleging deplorable conditions, Sanford Capital reached a settlement with the D.C. attorney general’s office last month that requires it to sell off its remaining...
Sunil Freeman February 18, 2018 The affluent Cleveland Park neighborhood in Washington, D.C. was the site of a loud and militant demonstration February 10, as a crowd of about 120 people braved a cold and driving rain to march to the home of a notorious slumlord, chanting: “Geoff Griffis you can’t hide, we can see...
ANDREW GIAMBRONE  FEB 12, 2018 12 PM  1331-1333 Alabama Ave. SE (file)DARROW MONTGOMERY First they chanted in the cold. Then they marched in 100-degree weather. And now they’ve done both in the rain. On Saturday, several tenants of three properties located around the Congress Heights Metro station commuted to Cleveland Park, where they joined dozens of activists...
by REGINALD BLACK For the past three years, low-income residents have seen new development project after new development project going up in their neighborhoods, claiming to change their communities for the better. However, on Sept. 6, residents of the Congress Heights and Brookland Manor neighborhoods held a press conference to ask Mayor Bowser and the D.C....
October 19, 2017 | Jason Fernandes For the past four years, tenants in the five-building complex above the Congress Heights metro station have dealt with horrific conditions: cockroaches, rats, bedbugs, persistent flooding, roofs caving in. One resident told The Washington Post that “feces backed into her bathtub more than a dozen times – including once while bathing her 1-year-old.” Ruth Barnwell, a 73-year-old resident and...
ANDREW GIAMBRONE  SEP 14, 2017 6 AM DARROW MONTGOMERY A long-empty building in Ward 8 has become the linchpin in a redevelopment duel between D.C.’s most infamous landlord and its tenants, who are pushing to turn the building and their decrepit apartments into an affordable complex around the Congress Heights Metro stop.  What happens to...
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