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The Past and Future of Shaw

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The 1500 Block of 7th Street NW, c. 1948.
Wymer Collection, Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
The 1500 Block of 7th Street NW, c. 1948.

D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood struggled for decades to recover from the legacy of the 1968 riots. Now, new residents and businesses are coming to Shaw, lured by its proximity to downtown and new amenities. But in the process, many longtime African-American residents are leaving what is considered by many to be the heart and soul of "Chocolate City." Rebecca Sheir visits Shaw and speaks with lifelong residents and relative newcomers about how Shaw is changing.

[Music: "The Feeling of Jazz" by Duke Ellington & John Coltrane from Duke Ellington & John Coltrane]

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