And by housing need I mean rental housing with no income cap, very close to metro and on par with other "up and coming" neighborhoods. Everyone agrees that in order to achieve investments in new jobs, retail, and amenities Ward 8 really needs some residents with disposable income.
But are we really creating opportunities for those potential residents to live here?
I can't say this enough. West of the River has an affordable housing problem. East of the River has an economic development problem. You can't solve the former's problem with the latter's need.
Don't get it twisted. I do believe lower-income residents are being "pushed out" but does anyone notice where they are being pushed to? We are pushing DC residents with the most need to the section of the city with the least amount of resources. WHAT SENSE DOES THAT MAKE?! It doesn't. Economic segregation is real and we see it every day.
Wards 7 and 8 have the HIGHEST unemployment but the LEAST amount of living wage jobs, LOWEST access to quality healthcare and the FEWEST retail options. Yet, almost all of the new "affordable" housing projects are being built here. What is the sense in that? How important is "affordable housing" when it is placed almost exclusively in places it isn't needed? Why aren't the bulk of these new funds being invested west of the river in neighborhoods were low income renters are being exported at an alarming rate? Why can't east of the river finally get a shot at some of the revitalization coming west of the river?!
And most importantly, "Who is advocating for Ward 8?"
And that's not just a question of the day. That's a question for a lifetime and then some.