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Building on Broken Promises

PART 7 | H. R. Crawford has drawn millions in public dollars for his housing projects, which have been plagued by delays even while hundreds of tenants were forced out.
» Debbie Cenziper
ABOUT THIS SERIES
Beginning in March 2008, the Post has detailed how D.C. landlords emptied rental apartments, often by refusing to correct dangerous conditions, to convert to condominiums. The city failed to enforce housing codes and rubber-stamped the conversions.  | Read More
Discussion
Live Q&A: Monday, Noon EST Debbie Cenziper will be online on Dec. 8 to discuss the latest installment.
Previous Installments

The Profit in Decay PART 1 | Under a law intended to protect rent-controlled buildings, landlords use a loophole to make millions.
In Heated Dispute, a Fire Is Set PART 2 | An unsolved fire at a property where tenants were asked to leave prompts questions.
A Failure in Enforcement PART 3 | The city's housing agency routinely overlooked dangerous conditions despite complaints.
Code Violations Plague Owner PART 4 | The owner of several properties in budding neighborhoods face bitter disputes and code violations.
Fund Gives Tenants Little Relief PART 5 | A multi-million dollar fund to repair buildings has been tapped to pay for expansive repairs at single-family homes.
Little to Show for the Price PART 6 | Poor oversight and mismanagement bedevil the city's crucial repair fund.
Response & Updates
Building with workers
At one of H.R. Crawford's redevelopment projects, George Washington Carver Estates in Northeast, workers prepare to demolish the buildings to make way for construction of new houses. Several tenants say they were forced out when they lost their heat and water. (Michael Williamson - Washington Post)
Interactive Map
Interactive Map Find the 200-plus apartment buildings across the city that have been emptied.
MULTIMEDIA
Rooftop
GALLERY
A Broken Promise H.R. Crawford's projects have been marred by delays and controversy.
A Crumbling Home
GALLERY
A Crumbling Home Inside a Southeast D.C. apartment complex.
D.C. Building
AUDIO SLIDESHOW
Wrong Side of Renewal As landlords move to convert hundreds of buildings to condominiums, tenants say they have been pushed out.
Vernon Street Fire Victim
VIDEO
The Vernon Street Fire One woman still suffers an injury after a mysterious fire broke out at her building.
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Landlord Graphic
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Vacancy saves owners tens of thousands in fees.
Mother and Child
A Funding Failure
Despite available money, a daughter and son are left in the cold.
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PRINT | Reporters: Debbie Cenziper, Sarah Cohen; Graphics: Laura Stanton; Photos: Michael Williamson
WEB | Producer: Liz Heron, Katharine Jarmul; Design: Sarah Sampsel, Nelson Hsu; Multimedia: Whitney Shefte


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