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Posted at 3:36 PM ET, 01/22/2010

Henson Ridge residents give Marion Barry an earful

By Washington Post editors

In a meeting with D.C. Councilman Marion Barry, (D, Ward 8), residents of Henson Ridge in Southeast D.C. vented their concerns about crime in the neighborhood, reports The Post's Clarence Williams.

Residents like Lorraine Carter, a senior renter, discussed fears that the community still faces the threat of property crimes and gunfire. The management office was broken into over the New Year's holiday; Thieves heisted computers during the burglary, sparking fresh concerns that 2010 is off to a rocky start, Williams writes.

Among the challenges in the community are deepening divisions between homeowners and renters. The latter group includes families that receive subsidies.

"We've got to find a way to bring the homeowners and the subsidized housing renters into some kind of governance and information sharing," Barry said. "That's my desire."

-- Clarence Wiliams

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By Washington Post editors  | January 22, 2010; 3:36 PM ET
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