Taking on a new leaf for new future leaders of Anacostia, developers and young professionals are getting on board to head far East of the River! U Street finally has a bit of competition for local business and residency in DC.
“Why?” one might ask. If you are like myself and many other native Washingtonians you know or hear SE, Anacostia hasn’t always been a pillar of quality living, on lookers may say without even coming across the Potomac River themselves. Some wouldn’t willing relocate to Anacostia for a myriad of reasons; namely crime, poverty, lack of community/civil engagement and lack of economic diversity..bottom line!
I know for a fact this misconception is a bit melodramatic, for I was bused from across town to one of the best catholic grades schools (Assumption Catholic School) in the Anacostia area and received a quality education which propelled me into a gifted and talented program at Eastern Sr. High School, the pride of Capital Hill after graduated from that Anacostia located school.
Just a word to the misguided and uninformed folks Anacostia has served as home to notable residents from Frederick Douglass to Ezra Pound, Marvin Gaye, and the infamous former mayor of D.C., Marion Barry (who implemented the first Summer Youth employment program and who remains Ward 8’s councilman). Furthermore if you want to enjoy it’s rich history and cultural development there are two excellent small museums there to help folks do just that—the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and the Frederick Douglass House. The latest addition to the arts district is the Honfleur Gallery on the recently redeveloped Good Hope Road section of the area, thanks to our past Mayor Adrian Fenty. Mayor Fenty also renovated the Anacostia Library making it a state of the art resource center to the masses.
Presently, there are so many AWESOME resources in the Anacostia area, enough to turn even the most cynical native into a believer that Anacostia is on the rise for even more future greatness. There is little something for everyone in the recently redevelopment of Anacostia, if you are are foodie like myself you can dine at one of the latest black owned business called Uniontown for lunch or dinner on Martin Luther King Avenue across from the historic Big Chair, The ARC on Mississippi Avenue has a wide range of activities for the youngsters, FAR South East Collaborative and Bread for the City have a dynamic social services center which provide community outreach services as well as legal assistance to the residence of Anacostia and the urban hipsters are renting and buying properties left and right from both Henson Ridge and Sheridan Station convienantly located to two major metro stations, Congress Heights and Anacostia both on the Green Line just minutes away from Downtown DC, Maryland and Virginia.
So contrary to belief ANACOSTIA is MAD(Making a Difference) Hip!
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