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Norman and Janet Brown own a rowhouse in the increasingly affluent Dupont Circle. (Marie Poirier Marzi - For The Washington Post)
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About this Series

The D.C. Office of Planning has divided the city into 39 "clusters" of three to six neighborhoods each and issued "Strategic Neighborhood Action Plans" for each cluster, detailing changing demographics, opportunities for economic development and how city agencies can take action to address concerns voiced at community meetings.

The plans can be obtained from the planning office by calling 202 442-7600 or can be seen at

The Washington Post is using the plans as starting points for portraits of city communities.

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