The newly revitalized Capitol Riverfront neighborhood has all the amenities a family could want, except one: a neighborhood school. But thanks to the efforts of a group of parents, D.C. Public Schools has committed to reopening one that closed in 2006.
Capitol Riverfront, situated along the Anacostia River between the Navy Yard and Nationals Park in Southeast, is a planned community that seems to work. The neighborhood rose out of the ashes of public housing that was demolished 10 years ago, and it’s now home to more than 4,000 residents.
With its welcoming parks and trendy restaurants, the area has become a magnet for young families. Strollers crowd the sidewalks, a Good Humor truck cruises by at 5 p.m. and the Friday night concerts at Yards Park are well attended by babies and toddlers, along with their parents. And thanks to the seamless inclusion of affordable housing in the redevelopment plan, the neighborhood is even socioeconomically diverse.
But about four years ago, some residents grew concerned about the lack of a school. Their zoned school, Amidon-Bowen Elementary, is on the other side of busy South Capitol Street and too far away to feel like part of the neighborhood.
The former neighborhood school, Van Ness Elementary at 5th and M streets SE, had closed in 2006, shortly after the demolition of the nearby Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg housing projects. But the building was still there, serving as office space for DCPS.
[Continue reading Natalie Wexler’s post at Greater Greater Education.]
Natalie Wexler is the editor of Greater Greater Education and a member of the board of the D.C. Scholars Public Charter School. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.