Cleveland Park benefits from a wide range of public amenities – a metro stop, a beautiful new library, easy access to Rock Creek Park and other green spaces – along with good retail shops, a farmers market and other resources. But it’s also unaffordable. Many people can’t afford to live here, and many who rent here can’t afford to buy. Overwhelmingly white, our neighborhood also falls far short of mirroring our city’s racial diversity – a fact that reflects a legacy of deliberate exclusion.
How did Cleveland Park come to be this way? How can we develop future housing in ways that make our neighborhood more inclusive, more affordable, more commercially vibrant and sustainable? How can we play our part in meeting the city’s needs for housing overall? This three-part series will explore these questions.
Part 1 of our series, "How We Got Here," looks how the neighborhood's past has influenced the challenges we face today. CPSG's Bob Ward will review research of the history of exclusion in our neighborhood and Dr. Brian McCabe, Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgetown, will talk about the ways in which high income neighborhoods like ours often perpetuate their exclusivity through modern civic engagement.
We hope to start a conversation to help our community prepare for our upcoming “development and design guidelines” planning process for the Cleveland and Woodley Park commercial areas, which will lay out how we can create housing near shops and transit for a range of incomes while staying architecturally compatible with the historic districts in these neighborhoods.