The short and the long of it is that while D.C.'s overall rents are hovering around $2,100 for a one-bedroom apartment that number comes waaaaaaaaaaaaay down when you look east of the Anacostia river.
Check it out:
In case you can't see the tiny type at the bottom here is how we stack up in the lineup:
Lowest Median Rent in D.C.Marshall Heights/Lincoln Heights ($900/month)
Five Other Neighborhoods With Below Median Rent:Congress Heights ($1,050/month)
Mount Pleasant ($1,900/month)
And here are the highest rents:
Glover Archibold Park ($3,700/month)
Five Other Neighborhoods With Above Median Rent:Georgetown ($2,900/month)
Foggy Bottom ($2,700/month)
Dupont Circle ($2,400/month)
H Street NE/NoMa ($2,390/month)
Columbia Heights ($2,340/month)
The Advoc8te totally agrees that for some of these neighborhoods the rent is entirely "too damn high" and some of these neighborhoods could use some affordable housing -- and asap. That being said, The Advoc8te has to ask again, "why are the majority of affordable housing dollars being focused east of the river when we already have the cheapest rental housing around? Wouldn't it make more sense to allocate some much needed affordable housing where $3,700/month is considered the norm? Wouldn't it make more sense to put people in need closest to jobs and amenities?