As in many parts of the District that are undergoing transformation, anxiety and tension are rife. Although the city has vowed that the impoverished tenants will be allowed back in when the work is done, many of them are skeptical.And it’s a tale of one man’s perseverance, his hope for renewal. And even if the promise holds true, the residents, who depend on one another daily for help, dread the loss of their mini-communities, their vital support networks within the buildings.
“Miss Kim will go get the things we need.” Meanwhile, the first gentrifiers have arrived, a German-born white woman and her husband, a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent.
Kyra Szanto and Eduardo Laguerre, both college educated and profitably employed, bought a remodeled century-old house directly opposite Matthews and next to Kenilworth Courts.
“We are the poster children of gentrification,” Szanto, 42, says uneasily.
As for Matthews, he is cheered by the thought of a neighborhood resurrection, and he passes his days untroubled, alone in the house where he was raised, where his father grew up and where his paternal granddaddy rooted the family ages back.
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National healthcare quality and disparities report. He and his wife took over the Douglas Street house, and the youngest of their three kids, born in 1951, was named Frank after his late granddaddy.Frank Matthews recalls an idyllic ’50s boyhood on a tranquil block, the homes a mix of farmhouse styles and stout brick Colonials.Frank Matthews has lived in his home on Douglas Street since he was born. Matthews says that he has no intention of selling his home to developers or speculators. Williamson/The Washington Post) “Oh, they’ll do a cash deal,” says Matthews, 66, who scoffs at the notion of selling his boyhood home. “A lot of times, I can’t get up to go to the store,” says Delories Williams, 61, who is slowed by chronic back pain.“I’ll give the money to Miss Kim,” meaning a longtime friend in an adjacent apartment.Racist real estate practices prevented most African Americans from joining the exodus. By decade’s end, the city’s African American population, 35 percent in 1950, had climbed to 54 percent. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools, causing more white families to flee urban America.