GoANACOSTIA.com is live! This concise business portal gives a one-stop place to find businesses and organizations located in Historic Anacostia. Launching with 75 business listings and growing each day, the directory and correlated marketing initiative is 100% FREE to businesses and has no advertising options to ensure that money isn’t a barrier to exposure or entry. This effort is produced by ARCH and made possible through partnerships with the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Anacostia BID. Read the full press release here.
The 11th Street Bridge Park and ARCH Development Corporation are partnering to examine critical affordable housing issues in two FREE public programs at the Anacostia Arts Center. These events complement the “Better Homes and Gardens” exhibition on view at the Anacostia Arts Center’s Vivid Solutions Gallery and the 11th Street Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan. Read full press release here.
Article by Duane Gautier, photos by Andrew Lightman
I have just reviewed the latest white paper from the Urban Institute on how to regenerate the economy and solve the problems in Wards 7 and 8. This
report for City First Bank, with no new ideas, adds nothing to the more than 20 such “East of the River” studies by think tanks, urban planners, and government agencies over the past 30 years. None of the plans and very few of the recommendations of these reports have ever been implemented.
The following are some approaches that might just work. I am going to confine my suggestions to the Greater Anacostia neighborhood, the area where I have worked over the past 30 years.
The District of Columbia’s government needs to care about the physical appearance of Anacostia. Noting states “depressed area” more than patched streets, poor or no public lighting, crumbling brick sidewalks, and filthy streets. Compare the almost pristine conditions of the public areas and streets of Georgetown or Capitol Hill with those in Anacostia.
|Dancing with the Cherry Blossoms|
Please join ARCH on August 26, 6:30 – 9 pm at Anacostia Arts Center for a reception and award ceremony. Following the ceremony, McNeil and the artists of the 10th Anniversary East of the River Exhibition will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Paul Perry of Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. The event is free and open to the public. A retrospective exhibition of McNeil’s work, Between Latitudes, is on view in the Lounge of Anacostia Arts Center, now through August 27.