Brief Advancing Cultural Equity through Equitable Development
A Discussion Paper for Year 4 of the 11th Street Bridge Park Equitable Development Evaluation
Mary Bogle, Sonia Torres Rodríguez
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The Equitable Development Plan for DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park project includes four strategies aimed at securing job, small business, housing, and arts and culture opportunities for current residents of the neighborhoods east of the park’s prospective footprint above the Anacostia River. Since implementation of the plan, park stakeholders have increasingly turned their attention to advancing two components that cut across all four strategies: power building and cultural equity. This brief discusses the cultural equity focus and is one of three publications that, together, compose the third installment of the Urban Institute’s study to track Bridge Park’s progress on its stated intention of being a “driver of inclusive development” for surrounding neighborhoods. The companion pieces are Equitable Development and Urban Park Space: Year 4 Progress Report on Implementation of the Equitable Development Plan of the 11th Street Bridge Park (Bogle, Cohen, and Torres Rodríguez 2021) and “Building Community Power for Equity” (Cohen 2021).

Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Social safety net Race and equity Workforce Housing
Tags Workforce development Poverty Infrastructure Racial and ethnic disparities Arts and culture Housing affordability Public and private investment Community and economic development Washington, DC, research initiative Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial barriers to housing Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development Equitable development
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
Cities Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
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