The former mental hospital site in Southeast Washington was supposed to be transformed into new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security. But now, a host of problems have held up the project and delayed revitalization of the area around it.
The construction of the Department of Homeland Security's planned headquarters began as the biggest federal construction project in the country since the Pentagon. The $3.4 billion endeavor was supposed to unite the country's top security agencies as well as bring thousands of jobs to the very poorest parts of Washington. But in the two years since they broke ground, the site has morphed into a symbol of the inability of Congress to agree even on issues as simple as renewing an office lease. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post Buy Photo