at Parkside, Washington, DC
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Dubbed a "war zone" and "the largest open air drug market in the East
Coast," Parkside epitomized the decline of urban neighborhoods in the
1980s. The neighborhood development, begun in the 1940s, was completed
in 1967 to fulfill the community vision of the African American
architect and developer Albert Cassell.
1985, Telesis partnered with residents to rebuild their community.
We structured a complex mix of over $21 million in public and private
financing, rebuilt a now thriving 653-unit complex at Paradise, and
built and sold 100 new, affordable townhouses next door.
established an on-site residential police presence following the
Japanese Koban model and employed over 100 residents in the
redevelopment of their neighborhood. We built a community center with a
computer lab, health care center, and day care. And we landscaped
beautiful grounds with fountains and playgrounds. Today, children play
happily where drug dealers once fought for turf.