D.C.’s economic boom is both a blessing and a curse for affordable housing—but mostly a curse. The average sale price for a single-family home in the District now tops $780,000, and even so-called affordable units set aside for people making up to 80 percent of area median income are available to families of four making as much as $86,000 a year, leaving truly poor households with few options. As a result, the waiting list for public housing and Section 8 vouchers had grown so long (around 70,000 names) that the D.C. Housing Authority suspended it in April. On the plus side, all that new tax revenue allowed Mayor Vince Gray to commit $187 million to affordable housing projects in November. But lest you think the city’s policy efforts have the affordable housing issue solved, flip forward a few pages to the entry titled “Zoning, Inclusionary.” The D.C. area was named the least affordable housing market in America this year for a reason.