Shaw Gentrification & Community Change Walking Tour Fundraiser

This event is sponsored by the Diverse City Fund!

May 15, 6:30pm, starting near Mt. Vernon Square Metro


Housing costs may be down nationwide, but today in DC you must earn $60,000/yr to avoid paying more than 30% of your income on the average 1 BR studio apartment. The city has gained tens of thousands of new residents in the last 10 years, and tens of thousands more who made their homes here have left.

Here’s the good news: Shaw neighborhood activists have been coming together for community-led development for more than fifty years, and there’s a lot we can learn from their efforts to make sure neighborhood change doesn’t lead to displacement.

Join the Diverse City Fund for a 2-hour walking tour of the Shaw neighborhood. You’ll learn more about the history of greater Shaw, the impact of structural forces on the lives of community residents, and the struggle to create and preserve racial and economic equity in the District.

We’ll also look at how new & longtime residents have united to win funding for new affordable housing and community centers, take control of their high-rise apartment buildings and start an Occupy movement (way back in 2010).

This walking tour fundraiser is capped at 20 participants, for a donation of $20-$50 sliding scale, and all funds raised will be distributed to small, community organizations in the DC Fund’s 3rd grant round. Starting location near the Mt. Vernon Square Metro will be emailed with confirmation. RSVP:

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