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DC Community Evolution and Change: Perspectives from Lutheran Volunteer Corps

I’ve lived in a bunch of cities, but none has changed as dramatically as Washington, DC, specifically the Columbia Heights neighborhood where I lived in a faith-based community after college in 1999-2000. At the time, Georgetown, DuPont Circle, and the upper Northwest were upscale neighborhoods, but most of the city, including Columbia Heights, was mixed aesthetically, economically, and racially. With over 50 percent of the population African American, the capital was known as “Chocolate City” then. Our block was lined with oak trees and row houses in a variety of…

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Back to the City!

There’s an abundance to the city, an almost overwhelming abundance. Today this abundance showed up as 20 rolls of sushi. A couple weeks ago it showed up as about 30 lbs. of filet mignon. Before that it was a gross of eggs (a dozen dozen) and a crate of organic grass-fed heavy cream and a case of fair trade black Himalayan chia seeds. All free. All pulled out of a dumpster in the middle of the night and brought back to the main house of Compersia, the commune I call…

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Urban Communities, #177 Contents

Issue #177 ● Winter 2017 Urban Communities: Theme Articles Back to the City! By GPaul Blundell As Compersia and Point A aim to demonstrate, a city can be the perfect place to start an egalitarian, income-sharing community. Ganas: Finding Home in an Urban Community By Aviva Derenowski A child of a kibbutz tries a rural community, but ultimately finds happiness in a multigenerational urban community. DC Community Evolution and Change: Perspectives from Lutheran Volunteer Corps By Sarah Beck While time has brought increased gentrification, a faith-based community’s fight for social justice in DC…

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