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New Building In Southeast D.C. Transforms Neighborhood

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A failed housing project in Southeast D.C. is re-opening as a symbol of neighborhood revitalization.

For years, Parkside Terrace loomed over the Washington Highlands neighborhood in Southeast. The 12-story high-rise was a haven for drugs, crime, and other problems until it was shut down in 2005.

At a ribbon cutting earlier today, nearly a dozen city leaders celebrated the building's $73 million extreme make-over. The Overlook at Oxon Hill, as the building is now known, has been completely rehabbed; a sleek, stylish orange and white patchwork now graces its facade.

On the inside, there are brand new rooms with hi-speed internet and energy saving appliances. More than half of the building's 316 apartments are designated for low-income seniors. The rest are for small families, especially those headed by government workers.

Patrick Madden reports...

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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