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"There is no shortage of affordable places, just a shortage of affordable places that have all the features some people want. "

so an immigrant family, with a job in NoVa, is supposed to move to a high crime area in EOTR DC, and accept a long commute (either very long via transit, or fairly long in a cheap auto that they can barely afford given the wear and tear the long commute imposes). A high crime area with substandard schools no less.

its perhaps not surprising that they choose to double or triple up in substandard apts instead.

If what people are saying is that decreasing crime in EOTR DC or close in PG, or improving schools in those areas, is a good idea and will improve housing choices in the region, I agree (though of course when those happen prices in those places will increas). But I don't see why waiting on those good things should preclude other policy changes that will more directly address the problem.

by AWalkerInTheCity on Dec 19, 2012 1:39 pm • linkreport

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