The District’s New Communities Initiative, an affordable-housing plan that was hatched eight years ago, was going to infuse new prosperity into this troubled area 10 blocks from the Capitol. Instead, it has shown how hard it is to make affordable housing work in the modern American city, and how easy it was to let a program that was the centerpiece of the District’s affordable housing efforts unravel.
May 16, 2013 A young boy rides his bike through the courtyard of a Sibley Plaza housing complex near the parking lot where Washington’s Temple Courts Apartments once stood. Temple Courts was torn down five years ago as part of a plan to rejuvenate the area, into which the city had pledged to marshal hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investment. Today, hundreds of people remain far from their homes, some in living conditions no better than the ones they left. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post Buy Photo