A 1.4-acre plot of land east of downtown Takoma Park has long been eyed for development. While a neighborhood food co-op has sat on part of it for 20 years, a new plan to redevelop the space envisions restaurants, cafes, a parking garage and office space.
Every four to eight years the District of Columbia and the surrounding region undergo a shift. Energized staffers, fresh off a campaign win for president or Congress, flow into the area as the defeated move on and, often, out. In 2008 the cyclical churn spurred by the Obama administration’s campaign of hope and change coincided with a major boom for D.C. It also inspired Jennifer Close’s latest novel “The Hopefuls,” which examines the lives of two couples who come to D.C. to be part of the Obama administration. We talk with Close and White House correspondent Kate Bennett about how politicians and their staff shape the region around us.
- Jennifer Close Author, "The Hopefuls"
- Kate Glassman Bennett White House Correspondent, Independent Journal Review
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