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

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Dec. 19 2013 11:00 AM

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

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

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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.

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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

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