DCentric » Lumen8Anacostia http://dcentric.wamu.org Race, Class, The District. Wed, 16 May 2012 20:20:35 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Copyright ¬© WAMU Art Driving Gentrification? http://dcentric.wamu.org/2012/04/art-driving-gentrification/ http://dcentric.wamu.org/2012/04/art-driving-gentrification/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:09:47 +0000 Elahe Izadi http://dcentric.wamu.org/?p=15458 Continue reading ]]>

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This sculpture is on top of an Anacostia warehouse

The District is funding a series of art events housed in vacant spaces in downtown Anacostia. The idea behind Lumen8Anacostia: to make use of under-used spaces, and also spark some much-needed economic growth in Anacostia. The Ward 8 neighborhood has already seen some professionals moving in, but nowhere near to the same degree as neighborhoods west of the river.

On Tuesday, local blog Greater Greater Washington tweeted that the Lumen8Anacostia could signal “a new dawn for Anacostia” and Washington City Paper pondered whether Anacostia could be the next Williamsburg. That sparked¬†a conversation between locals, including Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry, about gentrification, displacement, race and the arts.

We’ve rounded up the conversation here.

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