Tuesday, March 15, 2011

City's "Greening Initiative" on abandoned houses underway, whatever that is

A few months ago I noticed a number of these signs going up at abandoned houses around the neighborhood, promising greening thanks to federal stimulus dollars, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It wasn't clear what greening was, nothing seemed to be happening with them, and there wasn't much on it around the web or on DC's website. PoP posted a reader question about it but didn't get much back.

Now, however, at least something is happening. I noticed workers on one of the houses with the signs on Irving Street between 13th and 14th undoing the boards that covered up the windows. It's still unclear what's going on, and they went inside before I could talk to them, but at least something is happening.

Unfortunately he Recovery.gov site has no results for "greening initiative," the DC Housing Authority's website seems to be down, and the only thing I can find sort of similar is in Baltimore where they're greening public housing, as in putting in plants and trees and gardens. Maybe that means the city is taking over these abandoned houses and will make them subsidized houses, plus fix up their yards. We'll see.


  1. I'm sure the Housing Authority would be glad to tell you: Dena Michaelson, dmichaels@dchousing.org

  2. unrelated: Is there an update on the mexican restaurant that was going in on 11th near Arthurs? just wondering i thought this blog said opening in spring...but i don't have a great memory so I'm probably wrong.


  3. this may be a dept of community and housing development initiative. try alan.bray@dc.gov.

  4. Thanks Lydia. Deanwoodizen, maybe, but the sign says DCHA. I'll try both.

  5. i was jus pissed they never shoveled the snow off the sidewalk out side this house, a few months ago when it snowed...the city should have given itself a fine

  6. I was told they are community blight abatement programs. The city will keep the grass and plants from getting sick (and spreading the sickness to neighboring grass and plants) and from becoming an overgrown eyesore. They usually charge the cost of the gardening to the owner- who in most cases is a bank. Whether they pay the city back is a different story.


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