Museum Square on 4th and K St., Washington, D.C.

Museum Square on 4th and K St., Washington, D.C.

In 1997, the arena now known as Verizon Center opened its doors in D.C.’s Chinatown. Less than two decades later, the area is visited more for its entertainment and dining options than for Chinese culture. While the development is welcomed by many, the neighborhood’s shift is being played out in a fight for affordable housing at Museum Square, an apartment complex that houses many of the neighborhood’s elderly, Chinese and low-wage residents. With the building’s affordable housing contract set to expire on Oct. 1, we examine the city’s struggle to balance development with neighborhood preservation.


  • Jenny Tang Resident, Museum Square
  • Rachel Johnson Organizer, National Alliance of HUD Tenants
  • Sam Jewler Affordable housing organizer

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