There are plans to design a massive new civic space in the nation’s capital called the 11th Street Bridge Park. The new park will span the Anacostia River, along a dividing line between prosperity and poverty in D.C.
West of the river, economic progress is easy to find. East of the river you’ll find a mostly African American neighborhoods – and a place that’s been filled with poverty and empty of opportunity since the 1960s.
From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jonathan Wilson of WAMU has the story of why so many people in and around Anacostia see the proposed park as the key to turning things around.
This segment aired on November 3, 2014.