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Community Engagement Along Urban Waterways Issue 4 Summer 2015

Anacostia Crossing; BOARDWALK AND DOCKS Rendering courtesy of OMA+OLIN.

In order to reconcile the seemingly disparate forces of economic success, political power and community engagement, stakeholders must decide how the value of urban waterways and the communities along their banks should be measured. Is their value found in the immediate return of financial gain, or is it found in the creation of civic spaces which serve as tools in the larger investment of time and resources necessary in community engagement?Urban Waterways Newsletter Issue 4


Katrina Lashley is a Program Coordinator at the Anacostia Community Museum and currently leads the museum’s Urban Waterways initiative which documents stakeholder efforts to engage with and improve  urban waterways and their communities through a multitude of perspectives including urban development, urban waterways and diverse populations, community activism, and development and river ecology.  She served as an intern on NMAH’s American Enterprise and a researcher at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial. Lashley received her B.A. in English Literature and Italian Language at Rutgers University. In 2011 she completed a Master’s in History (Public History track) at American University with a focus on the British Caribbean. In addition to her public history work, Lashley was a teacher of English Literature and Language for thirteen years.