Eastland Gardens/Kenilworth-Parkside is located in Northeast DC near the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The community is primarily African American, and is comprised of a mix of single-family residences and public housing buildings, with over half of the population living in poverty. The community has several active civil society organizations, including the Eastland Gardens Civic Association, and the DC Promise Neighborhoods Initiative, and Bridging the Gap.
Take a tour of Eastland Gardens/Kenilworth-Parkside through our photo essay.
The Eastland Gardens/Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood is located in Washington, DC’s Ward 7. According to a report from the African American Environmentalist Association, the residents of Ward 7 are 97% black and 2% white, while the remaining 1% are of other racial backgrounds. The report also says that Ward 7 is one of the city’s main sites of illegal dumping. It also includes the Benning Road electric power plant, the closed Benning Road Incinerator, and an abandoned landfill at Kenilworth Park.
According to a 2006 study by Greene and Morris, Ward 7 is among the wards with the highest cancer incidents between 1995 and 2000, which their study linked to hazardous air pollutants.