When a D.C. school closed for renovations, parents faced a troubling choice

Photo Credit: Evelyn Hockstein/for The Washington Post

Photo Credit: Evelyn Hockstein/for The Washington Post

According to Joe Heim and Clarence Williams of the Washington Post, a D.C. elementary school that closed for renovations, is giving parent cause for concern. Kimball Elementary, which opened during World War II, is just one of many schools included in the district's $51 million makeover targeting aging school buildings. 

Though most welcome the renovations, parents are concerned about the area that the new temporary school is currently in. While on the outside, Adelaide Davis Elementary School seems to be in a normal, single family home community, it is located near the public housing complex, Benning Terrace, that for decades has been plagued by crime and regarded as one of the city’s more dangerous places. According to the Washington Post, to locals, it’s known as Simple City. Or Simp. Or Baby Vietnam.

For parents, the proximity of Davis to Simple City is unnerving.

“It’s territorial,” says Jeanelle Swiney, 37, who went to Kimball and has two children at the school. “Simple City has had confrontations with everyone. We want to stay in 37th. It’s a village here. I’m not afraid to come out here because I know my community and my community knows me. We don’t want to move out of our comfort zone.” Read more here.