Guest Host: Jennifer Golbeck

Locals have been playing regular pickup soccer games at Harriet Tubman Elementary in Columbia Heights for years, but the semi-organized groups had never formalized their use of the field with a permit. As the neighborhood has changed, other groups have laid claim to the space, including a bocce club, and more recently, a private soccer league. We explore the challenge of fairly allocating recreation space in a changing city.


  • Rachel Sadon Editor-in-Chief, DCist @rachel_sadon
  • Omar Gonzalez Member, local pickup soccer group
  • Alex Bearman Executive Director, District Sports @DistrictSports

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