Washington DC’s U Street has become a symbol for the city’s remarkable turn-around from symbol of urban failure to frontrunner of contemporary urban growth. The story is more complex than it might seem at first glance. Was U Street in fact a failure a half century ago? How deep does the neighborhood’s revitalization run? To answer that question, Blair Ruble, author of Washington’s U Street: A Biography, will recount the history of the U Street community from its origins during the Civil War up to the “gentrification” of today. In doing so, he will explore the meaning of U Street for the city and the nation at large.
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MI+SPIA is a joint research venture between the Metropolitan Institute of Virginia Tech and Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs.