Advancing Cultural Equity through Equitable Development

The Equitable Development Plan for DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park project includes four strategies aimed at securing job, small business, housing, and arts and culture opportunities for current residents of the neighborhoods east of the park’s prospective footprint above the Anacostia River. Since implementation of the plan, park stakeholders have increasingly turned their attention to advancing two components that cut across all four strategies: power building and cultural equity. This brief discusses the cultural equity focus and is one of three publications that, together, compose the third installment of the Urban Institute’s study to track Bridge Park’s progress on its stated intention of being a “driver of inclusive development” for surrounding neighborhoods. The companion pieces are Equitable Development and Urban Park Space: Year 4 Progress Report on Implementation of the Equitable Development Plan of the 11th Street Bridge Park (Bogle, Cohen, and Torres Rodríguez 2021) and “Building Community Power for Equity” (Cohen 2021).