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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