The Best of Urban–Greater DC in 2019
Like nearly every year that preceded it, 2019 brought rapid growth and change for the Greater DC area. But while new opportunities and development could lead to greater security and stability for some, many area residents could be left behind. How can we work toward a better Greater DC for all?
Now in its second year, the Urban–Greater DC initiative provides the tools, resources, and analyses residents, researchers, practitioners, and reporters need to tell the story of their changing region and identify solutions to some of its biggest challenges. Here’s some of what we’ve uncovered over the past 12 months.
“For too many DC-area families, rents and house prices are climbing out of reach.… But it’s not too late for Washington-area leaders to choose a different path.”
“The [11th Street] Bridge Park presents a valuable case study on the challenges posed when a highly anticipated new public amenity takes shape near distressed neighborhoods in a rapidly gentrifying city.”
“Finding high-quality child care that aligns with parents’ work schedules can be a significant barrier to successful employment and children’s healthy development.”
“There is no one perfect solution for addressing gun violence, but listening to and investing in communities—rather than passing the buck to the federal court system—may yield policy insights crucial to a safer and stronger DC.”
“In 2014, White households in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area had a net worth 81 times greater than Black households.”
“Even in a city with strong supports for financial health, more can be done…. Many residents could be served well by a financial empowerment center,… [and] financial counseling and coaching, loan products, and programs that target debt management and housing expenses could offer benefits.”
“Eighty-three percent of DC households have access to the internet, but only 70 percent report having a broadband subscription at home.… Ensuring residents can access broadband internet at home could help address DC’s inequities.”
“Throughout Mary’s Center’s three decades of growth, its core mission has remained the same: to provide high-quality, culturally appropriate, multilingual care to underserved residents in the Washington, DC, region, regardless of their ability to pay.”