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(Washington Post) — Living on the water in the District of Columbia isn’t easy. There’s only one legal place to do it – along the Southwest waterfront stretching from Fort McNair to the Tidal Basin – and it requires patience, a working knowledge of equipment like bilge pumps and thru-hulls, and a seafarer’s stomach.

Even so, the 150 or so “live-aboard” residents of theGangplank Marina, a mass of floating fiberglass and wood and cramped quarters overlooking the Washington Channel, don’t want to leave. But their future is murky: Will they be able to stay or will they have to move as the Southwest waterfront undergoes a once-in-a-lifetime transformation?

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