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Northwest One and Low-Income Displacement 

07-08-2021 10:47 AM

The Northwest One neighborhood, in Washington, DC, is prime real estate. It is blocks from the US Capitol, two blocks south of US 50, bordered west by I-395 and minutes away from the Union Station transit hub. Low-income residents have been a constant presence in this community since the 19th century. Urban Renewal provided the first displacement for district residents and the District’s Redevelopment Plan introduced gentrification into the neighborhood. 

This webinar discusses the impact of displacement on the welfare of community residents including:

  • The early years of Northwest One neighborhood known as Swampoodle.
  • The role and impact of Urban Renewal in the Northwest One neighborhood  
  • A case study of Tyler House, a public housing project designed by architect Chloethial Woodard Smith.
  • How loss of neighborhood identity can have a disruptive impact and lead to stigmatization of residents both pre- and post-displacement. 

Speaker: Melissa R. Daniel is an architectural designer in Maryland and the creator/host of Architecture is Political, a podcast where Black and Brown folks have a conversation about architecture. She served as executive co-chair of the 2017 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit and was a recipient of a 2018 AIA Associates Award.

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