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A Right to the City

A Right to the City

April 21, 2018 – April 20, 2020

The Museum is closed through mid-October 2019 for renovations. Through an initiative called Offsite and In the City the Right to the City exhibition has been reproduced into satellite exhibits on view in DC Public Library branches in Mt. Pleasant, Anacostia, Woodridge, and Shaw. The Southwest exhibition will open later this year at the SW Library branch and the Chinatown location is to be announced. Public programs on the exhibits and other museum initiatives are being hosted by the Library and other partner organizations. Learn more about the Offsite and in the City


How Washingtonians have shaped and reshaped their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways

After a half-century of population decline and disinvestment, Washington, DC, today is home to a rapidly growing population, rising rents and home prices, major new development projects, but also deepening inequality. A Right to the City explores more than five decades of neighborhood change in the nation’s capital as well as the rich history of organizing and civic engagement that accompanied it. Highlighting six neighborhoods across the city—Adams Morgan, Anacostia, Brookland, Chinatown, Shaw, and Southwest—the exhibition tells the story of how ordinary Washingtonians have helped shape and reshape their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways: through the fight for quality public education, for healthy and green communities, for equitable development and transit, and for a genuinely democratic approach to city planning.


Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Photo by Susana Raab