11th Street Bridge Park takes on gentrification with community engagement and more

 photo:  stebbins

photo: stebbins

Displacement is a thing and Scott Kratz, vice president of Building Bridges Across the River and director of 11th Street Bridge Park, and his team, along with community members and legal and housing experts, are working to mitigate it in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River.

In the opinion piece There’s plenty we can do about displacement in D.C. in the Washington Post, Kratz leads with this:

In conversations across the District, and particularly in the neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River where I work, there is a very real and heartfelt anxiety that gentrification and the displacement that accompanies it are sweeping across the city. And there is a growing hopelessness that these outcomes are inevitable. As the District’s population has grown by more than 100,000 over the past decade , neighborhoods are being transformed in real time.

Kratz believes that something can be done to protect and preserve communities and enable them to thrive, flat-out rejecting "talk that we should not invest in neighborhoods of need and continue decades of disinvestment."

As Kratz continues, he outlines the many ways Building Bridges Across the River and 11th Street Bridge Park are making a real difference with real people. Head to WaPo now to learn more.