Ensuring that the 11th Street Bridge Park can be an anchor for equitable and inclusive development has been one of the project’s key goals from the very beginning. In an effort to document the importance of community-driven investments and share lessons learned with the broader field, they have created a short film about their approach to equitable development.
The 11th Street Bridge Park will be DC’s first elevated park, stitching together neighborhoods long-divided by the Anacostia River in the southeast quadrant of the city.
The 11th Street Bridge Park (Bridge Park) is a project of the nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River and the DC government, whose partnership ensures that the park meets a diverse set of social, health, environmental, and economic goals. The Bridge Park team has led their work with a strong focus on equity by engaging with hundreds of community members to develop an Equitable Development Plan that addresses how cities can make smart investments in communities to ensure longtime residents can stay and thrive in their neighborhoods. To that end, the team has raised over $1.5 million to implement the plan and is working with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). LISC recently announced a $50 million Elevating Equity initiative that makes direct investment to organizations working toward equity in the Bridge Park’s impact area.
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|Design Team||OMA, OLIN|
Building Bridges Across the River
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A new report published by the Urban Institute is tracking 11th Street Bridge Park’s progress on its Equitable Development Plan, which outlines strategies for affordable housing, workforce development, and cultural equity. The report addresses what it takes to achieve equity in the context of larger challenges that face any entity seeking to produce meaningful gains for historically marginalized groups.
The High Line is an urban park that might have never been built and is now estimated to be responsible for $2B in impact. The Atlanta BeltLine, Buffalo Bayou in Houston, The 606 in Chicago, The Underline in Miami, Philadelphia’s Rail Park, and the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. are among the emerging projects looking to unlock the potential of reimagined infrastructure and the benefits it can bring to their cities.