Marion Barry's deep thoughts on D.C. gentrification.

Marion Barry's Deep Thoughts on D.C. Gentrification

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Dec. 19 2013 11:00 AM

Marion Barry's Deep Thoughts on D.C. Gentrification

177202945
If Marion Barry doesn't stop gentrification, God will.

Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images

And speaking of navel-gazing in the nation's capital, we see that D.C. Councilman/Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry has weighed in pithily on the problems of gentrification.

Advertisement

Barry, who left the mayor's office for the last time in 1999, now represents one of the city's poorest and least gentrified wards, a heavily African-American section of the city's untouristed Southeast.*

*Correction, Dec. 19, 2013: This post originally misstated that Marion Barry left the mayor's office for the last time in 1995.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

  Slate Plus
Slate Plus
Aug. 28 2015 12:31 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? International affairs writer Joshua Keating on what to read to understand the apparently permanent slowdown of the Chinese economy.