Out of the Rubble, A Public Housing Drama Rises

Across the country, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is razing the most blighted public housing buildings in favor of new mixed income dwellings that will include public housing units, market rate properties and office rental space. The nation's capital is no exception. On the Anacostia waterfront in Southeast, the D.C. Housing Authority in cooperation with private developers is in the midst of a $424 million redevelopment that will demolish the Arthur Capper Carrollsburg projects. What will happen to the thousands who live in the project's 707 units is at the heart of a battle between affordable housing activists and the housing authority. It's also the inspiration for Capers, a new one-act play by D.C. resident Anu Yadav.
washingtonpost.com videojournalist Jennifer Crandall contributed to this report.

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