Where Are the Asset-Filled Communities for Children?

In a recent blog post, the DC Office of Planning highlighted a section of the Adams Morgan neighborhood as a community hub, rich in assets such as businesses, healthy food options and playgrounds. DC Action is delighted to see that the Office of Planning shares our approach for thinking about neighborhood assets, recognizing the importance of building community resources in every part of the city. When neighborhoods are equipped with supports and opportunities, children thrive and are better prepared to succeed in school and life.

While Columbia Road is filled with two grocery stores and a variety of businesses, thousands of children in other neighborhoods lack the advantages of a vibrant, healthy neighborhood. For example, in Eastland Gardens/Kenilworth, residents have no grocery store, few businesses and only a temporary recreation center. Where are the more than 800 children in that neighborhoods going for healthy food and afterschool activities?

To learn more about neighborhood assets and how our communities are doing for children, visit our 2012 DC KIDS COUNT e-Databook. And tell us, what other places in the city are filled with assets? What other neighborhoods need more assets like the ones on Columbia Road?

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