34 Facts About Ivy City


Ivy City is a small neighborhood in Northeast Washington, D C, in the United States.

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Ivy City was laid out as a suburban development for African Americans in 1873.

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Ivy City is on a triangular strip of land in the central part of the Northeast quadrant, bounded by New York Avenue to the northwest, West Virginia Avenue to the east, and Mt.

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Ivy City envisioned the subdivision as a bucolic, rural community catering exclusively to African Americans.

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Ivy City Brick did not immediately tear down the track and grandstand.

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The Ivy City track obtained a one-month racing license while the issue was decided, but betting was prohibited during this period.

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The Ivy City track continued to be used for stables and racing at least into the spring 1901 season.

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Unbuilt land in Ivy City became the site of another tent city in the summer of 1908.

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The striking workers set up a large meeting tent at Ivy City, and surrounded it with smaller sleeping tents for the men.

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In 1947, Ivy City residents made a concerted effort to complain to the city about the amount of soot, smoke, and noise coming from the rail yard.

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Ivy City residents began asking that the city build an elementary school in their neighborhood in 1893.

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The Ivy City School was the launching point for the career of African American educator Alfred Kiger Savoy, who was first appointed a teacher at the school in 1903.

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Ivy City continued to grow in the 1930s and 1940s, and in 1949 local residents asked the city to build an eight-room addition and pool for the school as well as expand the playground.

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Ivy City became the location of the District of Columbia Receiving Home for Children in 1949.

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The New York Avenue Corridor and Ivy City were zoned for combined use, which meant residential, retail, and industrial uses were all permitted.

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Significant layoffs at the Ivy City Yard occurred, deeply affecting Ivy City itself where many of these workers lived.

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The Middle Loop plan, including its passage northwest through the center of Ivy City, was first proposed in 1946 in a study of the D C highway system conducted by the J E Greiner Company for the city government.

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Low-income housing was desperately needed there, as the birth rate in Ivy City was a shockingly-high 49.

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The Ivy City population was highly transient, and the rate of drug and alcohol addiction was high.

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Fifty percent of all households in Ivy City were led by a single mother, a large percentage of the Ivy City population were high school dropouts, and unemployment was extremely high.

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About 20 percent of Ivy City residents received public assistance, and infant mortality was 38.

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Ivy City was one of just three neighborhoods in the District with combined zoning, which hampered its residential and retail nature, and most people who lived there worked for either the railroad or for trash hauling firms.

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At least 40 percent of property in Ivy City, they said, was either vacant or should be condemned.

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Ivy City's problems appeared to worsen in March, 1997 when American Environmental Solutions, a trash hauling firm, opened a trash collection and transfer station at 1000 Kendall Street NE.

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Ivy City residents were angered that their neighborhood, which already suffered from a high level of vagrancy, would attract a large number of homeless people.

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Many Ivy City residents denounced both plans, arguing that the city was using the neighborhood as a "dumping ground" for the city's problems.

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In late 2004, Deborah Crain, and official in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, argued that all residents of Ivy City should be relocated, and the entire area razed for new commercial or industrial development.

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Economic conditions in Ivy City began to improve in 2005 as the United States housing bubble began to strengthen.

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Some Ivy City residents argued that racism was at issue and that the city would never have considered putting a cluster of gay strip clubs in a white neighborhood.

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Ivy City was sentenced to 38 months in a federal prison and three years of probation.

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The D C City Council adopted legislation permitting the cultivation of marijuana for medicinal use in the District of Columbia, and the law took effect in July 2010.

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Ivy City still remained in a deep economic depression by 2012.

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Ivy City's economy was built around the three liquor stores, two take-out restaurants, Love nightclub and D C government agencies .

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Ivy City is easily reached by automobile via New York Avenue NE.

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