D.C.’s Marshall Heights neighborhood poised for growth and change

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When the late Queen Elizabeth II visited Washington, D.C. in 1991, her most memorable stop was to the Southeast neighborhood of Marshall Heights, where resident Alice Frazier made history by breaking protocol and greeting the monarch with an effusive hug.

Today, signs along the neighborhood’s Drake Place SE still mark “The Queen’s Stroll,” the three-block stretch she walked to inspect homes, including Frazier’s, built for low-income home buyers. More than three decades later, Marshall Heights remains a neighborhood struggling for resources and contending with poverty and its social effects. But with a recently revived civic association planning events and advocating for residents and a task force dedicated to opening a new economic center in the neighborhood, Marshall Heights is drawing fresh attention from those hunting for a D.C. home.

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