Save Museum Square!

Check out the blog of a movement trying to save Museum Square, a building whose demolition would displace low-income Chinese residents in China town.

From the blog:

"In early June of this year, tenants of Museum Square, a 302-unit Section 8 affordable apartment building in Chinatown, received a notice which revealed the owner’s plans to demolish the building. Tenants were told that they can only save their homes if they can raise $250 million to buy the building. [...] That price works out to just over $827,800 per unit; a completely unrealistic price for this building which is 7 times higher than the $36 million assessed value of the property. [...]

Museum Square represents one of two buildings still home to low-income tenants in this area of the city, and 302 rental units that are at risk of being permanently lost from DC’s stock of affordable housing. And ironically this future development seeks to demolish a building that currently houses the majority of the Chinese residents left in that neighborhood, ultimately so that disproportionately white and higher income people can live in Chinatown. Tenants are working tirelessly to fight for the preservation of their homes and the affordability of this building by any means available."

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commented 2014-07-23 03:36:04 -0400
This practice has become too commonplace here in the District of Columbia! We must mobilize to help prevent this travesty for the residents of Museum Square and other low income properties here in our city! Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC can and should be the place to kick off this campaign! I am on Board! Franklin D. Brooks Jr. (Community Organizer)
Organizing for Neighborhood Equity in Shaw and the District