With an elegance that complements the historic architecture of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, this cooperative housing serving all races and incomes has received eight national awards for excellence. The Ellen Wilson neighborhood revitalization is nationally recognized as one of the most creative solutions to replacing abandoned, formally segregated public housing.
The Barclay neighborhood is located in central Baltimore, a mid-point between Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Harbor. Telesis has been working with the community and other local stakeholders for the past 10 years to regenerate over 20 city blocks into a beautiful mixed-income, rental and homeownership community with retail and high-quality green space.
MARCH 22, 2017 | GREATER GREATER WASHINGTON
Our region is increasingly segregated by income. I live in a community where low-income people rent their homes without government subsidy, and they do so right next door to people who don’t need any housing assistance. You wouldn’t guess it by looking at it. In preparing to write about my community, Townhomes on Capitol Hill, I asked my partner: “What do you think people reading this article really need to know?” Without hesitation she replied, “That it’s a real community where you know your neighbors. It’s actually affordable and in a great location. And, though our homes aren’t luxury or super high-quality, they’re still really great when you consider everything.” When I moved in a few years back, I was immediately struck by how diverse my neighborhood is in terms of age, race, lifestyle, work, and of course life experience. Several of my neighbors are retired or semi-retired, there a few are folks who have various types of disabilities, a few who live below federal poverty levels, a few who are young families, and a few are what an observer would casually consider millennials. When I walk out my door, people say hello and ask how you are. My neighbor helped me install my washing machine. When I upgraded my backyard with some stone tiles, my green-thumbed neighbors and I discussed who could take the rose bush I no longer wanted.