Will the District’s Budget Recognize the Struggles of Low-Income Residents?

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A recent report released from the D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers suggests that the two — seemingly intractable poverty and the struggle for safe, affordable housing — are inextricably linked here in the District. Housing instability and the fear of homelessness are the greatest worries of our most vulnerable neighbors. . . . → Read More: Will the District’s Budget Recognize the Struggles of Low-Income Residents?

DC Ferguson Reacts to Killing of Robert Gross in Metro Tunnel

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As reported by the Washington Post, 35-year-old Robert Gross, resident of Virginia and the District, was shot to death by a Metro Transit Police officer during the evening of March 12, 2015. The incident took place in the tunnel near the Potomac Avenue metro station. A Blue Line train operator heading toward Virginia spotted Robert […] . . . → Read More: DC Ferguson Reacts to Killing of Robert Gross in Metro Tunnel

In D.C., parents miss work, lose jobs trying to get child-care subsidy

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Cross-Posted from the Washington Post written by Brigid Schulte At 6:30 a.m. on a Wednesday early this month, Andria Swanson, dressed in a bright-pink terry cloth jumpsuit, joined a line that was already snaking down South Capitol Street in Congress Heights. She nervously counted the people ahead of her. “I’m number 19,” she said. “That means I’ll get […] . . . → Read More: In D.C., parents miss work, lose jobs trying to get child-care subsidy

D.C. School Closures Likely to Spark Interest From Commercial Real Estate Industry

Cross-posted from the Washington Post By Jonathan O’Connell For all the difficulty and anguish of closing under-utilized public schools, the process is likely to prompt excitement from at least one constituency in the city: real estate developers. When Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced in 2007 that they would try to […] . . . → Read More: D.C. School Closures Likely to Spark Interest From Commercial Real Estate Industry

For Ivy City, The Plan Isn’t Paranoia

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Cross-Posted from the Washington Post By Courtland Milloy, Published: December 11 Back in the 1970s, many low-income black D.C. residents began expressing fears that a nefarious scheme was afoot to push them out of the city. They called it “The Plan.” And they were all but laughed out of the city for sounding so paranoid. But, […] . . . → Read More: For Ivy City, The Plan Isn’t Paranoia