Dear PoP – Public Housing Question

“Dear PoP,

I have a question that I’d like to pose to people that I am really unsure of the answer on: Is it possible, and if so, how are public housing projects moved? I was having a discussion with some friends about the development of the O Street Market and someone brought up the large amount of public housing around the development. One of my friends was sure that all that stuff would just be moved once development picked up, but I am pretty sure that it is not that easy. I am not trying to get into the debate of whether or not it SHOULD be moved (definitely a controversial topic), but rather I’m curious as to whether there is a precedent for moving public housing. It’s not secret that public housing was strategically located in less desirable parts of the city, but in the last decade or two many of those areas have dramatically changed. To my knowledge, none of the housing has been moved. Do you have any background knowledge on this or a resource you could point me to?”

I think we once talked about the amazing transformation at Ellen Wilson Pl, SE:

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I think it used to be a very rough area that received a federal grant and got these awesome mixed income homes. That’s the only example I’ve heard of.

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