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Life in the Neighborhoods of Washington, DC: Oral Histories

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Life in the Neighborhoods of Washington, DC: Oral Histories

This is the beginning of a series of oral histories, produced by DC LISC, about the people and neighborhoods of Washington, DC. The oral histories were completed with the support of the Meyer Foundation.

NEW - We Honor Our Friend Bob Moore

On July 7, 2014 Robert Moore, who for over 30 years was a community development trailblazer in Washington, DC,  passed away.  The following is one segment of a 2007 oral history interview that was conducted by oral historian David Rotenstein.  Hear how the neighborhood residents, nonprofits and other stakeholders laid the foundation for the rebirth of Columbia Heights, one of the city's neighborhoods that was  devastated by the 1968 riots.

7 minutes:


The Story Behind the Atlas Theater on H St. NE

Jane Lang, the woman behind the transformation of the Atlas Theater on H Street Northeast, tells the story of the building's transformation, the power of a community gathering place, how the arts can be the catalyst for economic development and how passion can guide philanthropy.

15 minutes: Listen here.

The Transformation of Meridian Hill Park The Transformation of Tivoli Square The Queen Visits Marshall Heights
17 minutes: Listen here. 11 minutes: Listen here.  4 minutes: Listen here.



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A Two-Generation Strategy to Eliminating Poverty for Teen Mothers Aging Out of Foster Care

There is nothing easy about being a teenage mom. But for young mothers aging out of the foster care system the challenges are staggering. LISC's Oramenta Newsome describes the two-generation approach of The Elizabeth Ministry (TEM) in a recent piece for the Center for Women Policy Studies. Click here to read the article.

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