Housing Complex

And Now Let Us Witness Excellent Maps And Charts

For a recent Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force meeting, the Office of Planning put together some visuals that capture what's getting built in the city, and how it's changing. Here are some of my favorites.

1) Didn't believe we're in an apartment boom? The District issued more permits for buildings with more than five units in them than it has in the last four years combined:

2) Everybody loves a good racial distribution map. This one pretty much sums up how white folks have been moving east.

3) So has building construction. This is the last ten years:

And what's in the pipeline. Note the Capitol Riverfront and NoMa exploding, and nothing much happening in Ward 3 during either period.

4) Ward 8, obviously, has the most subsidized housing—up to 91 percent of the building stock in some areas! Which begs the question: Is there more subsidized housing there because it's the cheapest place to build, allowing the construction of more units for your dollar? Or is it cheap there because there's so much low-quality subsidized housing?

  • http://alexblock.net Alex B.

    Great graphics. On the housing production bar chart, I guess the question is this: does that 2011 spike merely represent the pent-up demand from clearly recession-related slowdowns in 08, 09, and 10, or is it an actual increase in the trend of construction?

    I suspect it's a bit of both, particularly given the increases in population in the District over that same timeframe. It will be curious to see what that data looks like in a few years, once all of these new units hit the market.

  • DC_LovesYou

    Lydia...I think it's cheap in Ward 8 because there's so much low-quality subsidized housing. This has been the area's achilles' heel for quite some time. There is a push by come community activist for the city to convert these stockpiles into mixed-use/high-density commercial and residential zones or just mixed-income housing developments but the city doesn't seem to be in a rush to change the housing dynamics in Ward 8 anytime soon...