Placing DC’s Crime Wave in Context

lanier

This past summer, much media attention was given to what has been called a “surge” of violent crime in DC. Resident reactions to the violent crime have been particularly severe on Capitol Hill. . . . → Read More: Placing DC’s Crime Wave in Context

How Line Dancing Helped Big Mike Save Himself

Big Mike's Line Dance Class

Kids can be mean. Few know this better than 36-year-old DC native and Potomac Gardens resident Michael Ballard. Michael Ballard was heavy all of his life. The kids called him Fat Mike. His mother suffered from weight problems also so she understood what it was like to be teased and humiliated at school. It was […] . . . → Read More: How Line Dancing Helped Big Mike Save Himself

Potomac Gardens Gets New Playground… At Last

New Playground Finished

Last week’s post A Place to Play: Potomac Gardens, Public Housing and Our Children made clear that the playground at the Potomac Gardens public housing complex had seen better days. The children who live in Potomac Gardens had stopped using it and their parents wanted it replaced. But the owners of the property, the District of […] . . . → Read More: Potomac Gardens Gets New Playground… At Last

A Place to Play: Potomac Gardens, Public Housing and Our Kids

broken slide

Below are images of the playground on the Potomac Gardens public housing complex as it was when Grassroots DC was founded and moved onto the property back in 2013. Broken down and missing safety rails, is the playground at Potomac Gardens Public Housing Complex safe? How do public housing communities fix these issues? The state of […] . . . → Read More: A Place to Play: Potomac Gardens, Public Housing and Our Kids

Keep Public Housing

The Future of Your Street

Cross-Posted from Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward 6 Written by Johanna Bockman I was struck by this comment in the Washington City Paper (Chatter, Shelter Skelter, 3/21/14) a week or two ago: [DC] Public officials attributed the crisis to a confluence of little affordable housing and the vapor trails of the Great Recession. Reader spmoore offered a diagnosis: […] . . . → Read More: Keep Public Housing