And note that Bloomingdale is mentioned.
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro took a rainy walking tour through the Shaw neighborhood Thursday to highlight the success of public investments in affordable housing and commercial development.
But in a once-blighted neighborhood destroyed by the 1968 riots, the unanswered question that hung over their walk was whether it’s really possible to protect affordability in what is now one of the most expensive places in the District.
Wanda Henderson, 59, opened a hair salon in the block in 2003. She had to close it in 2010 while construction for Progression Place was underway. Last year, with the help of some city grants, she reopened in the new complex.
“I was able to survive because I’m well known in the area,” said Henderson, who grew up in nearby LeDroit Park and now lives in Petworth. “Change is good, but I would like everyone to be able to stay here.”
Castro said the troubles vexing Shaw are no different than those persistent in urban centers throughout the country. And such D.C. neighborhoods as Bloomingdale, H Street NE, Navy Yard and Columbia Heights are enduring similar storylines as Shaw.