Can we get ahead of neighborhood change in DC?
While it may seem that nothing in Washington ever changes, the District itself has been undergoing dramatic change. From the 1960s to the late 1990s, DC was losing population; today, at least 1,000 new residents arrive each month. Once considered some of the city’s most dangerous areas, home prices in the Ivy City and Trinidad neighborhoods have risen 92 percent in five years. Meanwhile, DC has lost 50 percent of its low-cost rental homes between 2000 and 2010. But as the city grows, officials must grapple with how to make growth inclusive and extend its benefits not just to the new arrivals but to the longtime residents as well.