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Meet the Women Shaping Two of DC’s Hottest Neighborhoods - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Nov 07,2018
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Jodie McLean and Deborah Ratner Salzberg. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

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Jodie McLean, CEO of Edens, and Deborah Ratner Salzberg, president of Forest City Washington, have reached the top of Washington real-estate development, an echelon populated almost exclusively by men. While they’re up there, they happen to be building two of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the District: McLean in Northeast DC’s Union Market district and Salzberg in Southeast’s the Yards.

I met them at Edens’s new corporate headquarters, in a former warehouse whose aesthetic is best summarized as “millennial catnip”: exposed-brick everything, neon signs, verdant rooftop hangout. There’s a brand-new Politics and Prose below us and a trendy sushi joint next door.

A few years ago, it would have been hard to conceive that such a setting could exist here between New York and Florida avenues. But McLean has led the reimagining of a once-isolated pocket of wholesalers into a 24-hour neighborhood—just as Salzberg has spearheaded the transformation of 18 acres of old Navy Yard land and structures into a mix of shops, restaurants, apartments, and the hugely popular Yards Park on the Anacostia waterfront. We talked about the good and the bad that come with dramatic change, and what’s next for the District.

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