Blagden Alley Naylor Court Association Responds to Recent Alley Media Coverage

Blagden Alley Naylor Court Association (BANCA) issued the following statement regarding Washingtonian and Fox5 News coverage of the Blagden Alley Naylor Court Historic District:
“We appreciate Washingtonian Magazine and Fox5 News for shining a light on challenges currently facing Blagden Alley residents and businesses. While we believe raising awareness about problems can help in their resolution, we know making our neighborhood better requires educating the public and gaining support for change. This is what we want the world to know about the Blagden Alley Naylor Court Historic District:
All of this is what BANCA is fighting to protect when we advocate for preserving the alleys. We strongly support a diverse array of responsible business that have helped improve our neighborhood. We strongly oppose irresponsible business or businesses that, by their inherent nature, jeopardize the character and memories weaved into these historic residential alleys.” 
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The Blagden Alley Naylor Court Association (BANCA) is a citizen’s association established in 1985. Its members reside in and around the alleys. Our mission is to advance responsible historic neighborhood stewardship where commercial and residential can coexist, empower the community, and honor the character of the alleys and their complicated past. BANCA endeavors to embed racial equity, inclusion, and opportunity in every aspect of neighborhood development. Our vision is for the alleys to never be in jeopardy; to always be preserved as a sanctuary offering a level of vibrancy for residents and tourists alike to connect, respect, and reflect upon the alley’s profound African American history—a moving story of struggle, survival, and success. These alleys are the heart of our broader Logan/Shaw/Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhoods and precious to many in the District, the country, and around the world. We support the Picnic Bench Foundation. To sign up for BANCA’s newsletter please visit: www.myblagdennaylor.org 
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Contact: BANCA Media myblagdennaylor@gmail.com
Source: Blagden Alley Naylor Court Association