The Wash

Living aboard in Southwest D.C.


Residents of the Gangplank Marina in Southwest Washington, D.C., say you would be hard-pressed to find a community as tight-knit as theirs.

“It’s not the same as an apartment building. We actually need each other,” says Jean Link, who has lived in the Gangplank Marina for five years.

Link explains that she sees daily instances of neighborhood comradery — such as a Gangplank friend pushing their boat into a new position with another neighbor working the boat’s lines —  that you do not see in other communities.

District Wharf sits near the Gangplank Marina along the Potomac River. The project, which is currently under construction, brought restaurants, shops and large-scale residential complexes to Southwest.

The first phase of the wharf’s construction was completed in October 2017, and Phase Two development is underway.

Expansion of the Wharf has seen opposition from people in the community, including Gangplank Marina residents.

Despite complaints about the disruptions that construction presents, Jean Link and her neighbor, Aubrey Whittier, are not concerned about Phase Two’s upcoming development.

“We’re excited for the next phase. We’re excited to be a part of the marina,” says Whittier.


Ethan Smith

Ethan Smith

Ethan Smith is a broadcast journalism graduate student at American University.

Joan Muwahed

Joan Muwahed

Joan Muwahed is studying broadcast journalism at American University. She previously interned for CNN Abu Dhabi and is interested in creating videos and reporting for the digital world.


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