Preventing Commercial Gentrification and Business Displacement

| Monday, May 19 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Room: Ambassador Salon III | Session Track: U, BD, EI



Preventing Commercial Gentrification and Business Displacement

The H Street and Shaw neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., have benefited from the city’s fast pace of growth, while proving that growth does not have to come at the expense of livability or long-established businesses. In remarkable case studies presented by the founders of each Main Street district, learn how these programs succeeded in retaining long-time businesses and helped business owners benefit from the commercial renaissance.


Alexander Padro, Shaw Main Streets
Alexander M. Padro is a commercial revitalization professional and elected official in Washington, D.C. He is the founding chairman and, since 2004, Executive Director of Shaw Main Streets, the historic preservation and commercial revitalization nonprofit organization serving the Shaw neighborhood's 7th and 9th Street corridors. Alexander has also been an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing Shaw, Vice Chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6E, and is a board chair or board member of several Shaw and citywide organizations.

Anwar Saleem, H Street Main Street
Anwar Saleem is the founding chairman and, since 2007, the Executive Director of H Street Main Street, Inc., the non-profit organization guiding the revitalization of the H Street neighborhood’s commercial corridor. He is an influential advocate for the H Street community and the D.C. government's development of a 37-mile streetcar system. In 2010, Saleem received his credentials as a National Certified Main Street Manager from the National Trust Main Street Center.