DCMud is featuring a post today called DC Makes Way for Northwest One. The post includes quotes from Mayor Adrian Fenty on the demolition of the Temple Courts housing project and the new plans for the area dubbed Northwest One.
The following is from a WaPo article on Temple Courts:
The brown-brick buildings of Temple Courts have failed federal housing inspections for years. Rats and bedbugs have taken up residence in some apartments, and the stairwells smell of urine.
The building and its environs have been a magnet for crime. Temple Courts and Sursum Corda served as catalysts for the New Communities program, after 14-year-old Jahkema Princess Hansen was fatally shot at Sursum Corda in January 2004. Days earlier, she had witnessed a killing at Temple Courts.
Violence visited again 10 days ago, when a 10-year-old girl and two adults were shot outside Temple Courts on Memorial Day.
In its original form, New Communities included a “vital” principle known as “build first,” which was designed to keep gentrification in check by keeping poor residents in place until multi-income housing was built around them.
The intended result: economically diverse neighborhoods where ghettos once stood.
Temple Courts and Sursum Corda are located just east of the Triangle’s New Jersey Ave border.
For more press on Northwest One follow these links:
- Temple Courts: Symbol of the Pain and the Hope Facing the City (Tommy Wells blog, Jun 2007)
- Northwest One Unfolds (DCMud, Mar 2008)
- Northwest One Revival (DCMetrocentric, June 2008)
- Trouble for Northwest One? (DCMetrocentric, Oct 2008)