Posts Tagged ‘housing’

D.C.’s Housing Stock, in Charts

D.C. is a city of renters, rowhouses, and recent transplants.

In Housing Trends, Arlington’s in the 1920s, Greenbelt the ’30s, Reston the ’60s, and D.C. the 2010s

In the chronology of housing construction trends, Arlington is a product of the 1920s (and 1980s), Greenbelt is a Depression baby, and Reston owes its heritage to the 1960s. And D.C.? It's a child of the here and now.
At least according to Builder Magazine. The magazine of the National Association of Home Builders has a nifty [...]

D.C. Housing: Not As Good an Investment As It May Seem

How often, in the past year or two, have you heard Washingtonians wish aloud that they'd bought a house back when they were cheap, around 2008 or 2009—or that they'd had the means to buy one? With the median single-family home in D.C. selling for $573,000 in April according to the Office of the Chief Financial [...]

Uppers and Downers

Denis Suski gestures at his backyard, at the ample greenery and the picnic table and the two yellow hand-shaped chairs that match his house’s yellow back walls. “This is my concern,” he says, “is losing things like this.”
All around him, things like that are being lost, at least to the sun’s rays. Throughout his neighborhood [...]

Low-Income Washingtonians Face Severe Housing Cost Burden

The District's expensive housing market is placing a major strain on the financial stability of the city's residents, with more than half of rental households paying more than they can afford in rent, according to a study released today by the Urban Institute.
Slightly more than half, or 51 percent, of D.C. rental households pay more than [...]

Coucilmembers Urge Gray to Continue Sheltering Homeless Families As Temperatures Rise

Four members of the D.C. Council are pressing Mayor Vince Gray to continue to provide shelter to all of the city's homeless families currently in shelter, rather than turning them out when the weather gets warmer.
The District is required by law to provide shelter to all homeless families in need when the temperature drops below freezing [...]

Leading Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Housing and Homelessness

In a city with a rapidly rising cost of living, the issues of housing and homelessness are at the forefront of just about every mayoral debate. Now a coalition of religious organizations and housing advocates—comprising the Good Faith Communities Coalition, The Way Home, the Fair Budget Coalition, and the Foundry United Methodist Church—has done us [...]

We Need More Housing. Lots More Housing.

We constantly hear about D.C.'s population growth—more than 1,000 new residents per month, as Gray administration officials are fond of reminding us—and the resulting threat to housing affordability. But what tends to get overlooked is the sheer challenge of actually building enough housing to accommodate all those new people over the next few decades.
A paper [...]

Progressive Coalition to Gray: We’ll See Your Vague Housing Plan and Raise You a Few Specifics

Last month, Mayor Vince Gray committed $100 million to affordable housing but offered no real details as to how that money would be spent. This morning, with Gray presiding, the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force delivered its long-anticipated report that lays out broad goals for housing in the city, but again has few specifics when [...]

Virginia is for Hipsters

It was a slightly awkward Internet date: Arlington County, armed with slang from its younger days, invited young professionals to a dim, stuffy bar to munch on chicken wings and talk about settling down.
Monday night’s government-sponsored party was marketed as “Housing4Hipsters”—which would apply to no one walking Wilson Boulevard in the vicinity of the Arlington [...]