National Building Museum

Stories of Community Development in D.C.

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Howard TheaterA city planner, real estate developer, educator, and news columnist discuss the past, present, and future of community development in Washington, D.C.  You will hear about triumphs and lessons learned over the past 30 years and plans for the future of a city that is experiencing rapid neighborhood change including what other cities can take away from D.C.’s development. The program is sponsored by the Washington, D.C. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (D.C. LISC). 

A book signing of D.C. LISC’s newly published book, Becoming What We Can Be: Stories of Community Development in Washington, D.C. will follow the program.


Ellen McCarthy, former director of the Office of Planning, District of Columbia
Director of Planning and Land Use, Arent Fox

Clarence Page, Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune

Irasema Salcido, founder of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI)

Chris Smith, president and CEO, William C. Smith and Company

2.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 2.0 CM (AICP) / 2.0 LA CES (ASLA)

FREE. Pre-Registration required. Walk in registration based on availability.

Photo: Howard Theater courtesy of LISC staff

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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