Built to replace the abandoned Ellen Wilson housing project, the Townhomes on Capitol Hill development has become a model for mixed-income public housing.
Oct. 15, 2013 Rashaan Edwards, 17, tosses a football with a neighbor in the Townhomes on Capitol Hill development in the District. After the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a grant to a neighborhood group in 1993 to tear down abandoned units at the Ellen Wilson housing project and replace them with mixed-income homes, many civic leaders doubted whether middle-class professionals would live in the same development with public-housing tenants. They clearly have chosen to do so, with a third of the Townhomes’ residents now making market rate monthly payments that subsidize those of people who pay much less. Amanda Voisard/For The Washington Post Buy Photo