Barry Farm’s historic landmark designation was pitted against affordable housing | Washington Post

February 21, 2020
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On February 21, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The history and evolution of Anacostia’s Barry Farm, was cited in an op-ed in the Washington Post:

In 1941, D.C.’s nascent housing authority used eminent domain to force 23 remaining land owners from their homes for the construction of Barry Farm Dwellings; as is commonly the case today, fewer than half of them would meet the authority’s criteria to become tenants “because of family composition” or being deemed “too high income.” To this day, the housing authority does not honor commitments to rehousing, and even when projects proceed as planned, it can take years before tenants are able come back.The historic landmark designation will ensure that even if most of Barry Farm’s former tenants never return to the site, at least some evidence of them and some evidence of their community will remain.

Read more: Barry Farm’s historic landmark designation was pitted against affordable housing | Washington Post

Related: The history and evolution of Anacostia’s Barry Farm | D.C. Policy Center

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