Washington DC Southwest


The Short Washington DC SouthWest Story

What supposedly started out as a diverse community with black, Jewish, and other ethnic families, changed after the city decided to redeveloped the community of Washington DC Southwest.

washington dc southwest ghetto

This destroyed much of the neighborhood, during the time around the 1950s and 1960s, and replaced many of the homes with businesses, commercial properties, and low income apartment complexes.


Many people were forced to move to other parts of the city, while others moved into the apartment complexes of Washington DC Southwest.

With the destruction of most of Southwest D.C., the main communities became the apartments of Greenleaf Gardens (3 N K), James Creek apartments (106 and Park), 1st Street’s Syphax Gardens, and the old Cappers projects (Arthur Cappers and Carrollsburg).

Most of these apartments, other than James Creek, was built after the city redeveloped most of the Southwest section of Washington DC.

Washington dc southwest ghetto

With the housing projects and a few opportunities, the Southwest’s reputation became one of the biggest in the city, especially during the days of the 1980s and 1990s when the city was ranked as the “Murder Capital of America”.

In recent years, the community has began to redevelop areas like Buzzards Point and the Southwest Waterfront with a multi-million dollar redevelopment project, along with some of the housing projects becoming mixed income communities.

This will once again change the Southwest area of D.C., making this section to be more of an upscale community with the Nationals Park stadium and a number of businesses, restaurants, and shops that are planned to be built in Washington DC Southwest.


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