BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS & GENTRIFICATION
This is the first in a series of events looking at the role and influence of Business Improvement Districts on gentrification and displacement.
Housing Grading Criteria
September 28, 2020
The SW Action Housing Group created a grading system to judge new and already existing projects in the neighborhood. Projects will be judged on:
Number of affordable units;
If they accept vouchers;
If there are 3-bedroom units;
If it is, at least, ADA compliant;
Will neighborhood-serving retail be involved
For the full list of criteria, click here.
Response to DC's Ready2Play Master Plan
September 14, 2020
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation has completed a draft of its 2020 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), which will be submitted to the National Park Service for compliance with the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program. You can see the comments we left in response to the draft plan here.
Equitable & Antiracist Housing
August 27, 2020
Over the next month, we will be having several meetings with council-members, their staff, and other DC government policymakers to talk about our ideas for implementing antiracist and equitable policies into how housing is produced in the city. You can browse through the presentation on the left side, or via this link.
Statement: Interrupting cycles of harm
In response to a series of incidents that happened in the Southwest neighborhood and how some neighbors responded to those incidents, members of our group took time to craft a statement for how we as a community can interrupt cycles of harm rather than perpetuate them. Read the full statement here.
Promoting Social and Economic Equity in the Southwest Waterfront Community
How to be an antiracist
As a group, we strive to be antiracists and to advocate for and implement antiracist policies. As a group, we held a discussion on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's book, How To Be An Antiracist and use that discussion for reference. Click here for more information and resources.
The Case For A Radical BID
This is a paper written by SW resident, Coy McKinney, on the history of Business Improvement Districts, how they are tied to gentrification, and suggestions for how they could be re-structured to advocate for equity and justice in the neighborhoods they operate in.
Full paper: The Case For A Radical BID
A shorter version was published in the DC Line and can be found here.
Housing Mini-festo 2018
This is a document compiled by SW resident, Coy McKinney, regarding some opinions and findings on housing. In short, capitalist housing will not meet the needs we have. Alternatives like community land trusts and limited equity cooperatives are needed to create and preserve truly affordable housing.
Link: Housing Mini-festo 2018.