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Maryland residents can attend one of the top public universities in the country (and a top 50 university) for relatively little money. DC residents don't have that luxury.

"DCTAG provides up to $10,000 toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public four-year colleges and universities throughout the US, Guam and Puerto Rico. DCTAG also provides up to $2,500 per academic year toward tuition at private colleges and universities in the District and private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and two-year colleges nationwide."

Anyway, Thayer-D is of course correct that one of the main solutions is to expand fixed transit, which makes more places suitable for high-density growth through TOD. But the point I raised, and which Richard makes as well, needs to be addressed. Section 8-type vouchers are probably the way to go as far as promoting affordable housing, but those vouchers will not be enough to create SES diversity within high-priced areas (and people who could combine their income with such vouchers wouldn't not be eligible because their incomes would be enough to obtain affordable housing elsewhere, elsewhere being much further out from the urban core).

I don't think there is a realistic policy solution for this problem (we can think of some, like bringing back school busing, but they're not realistic), at least not in the short-to-medium term. That doesn't mean we shouldn't densify - we should, for many other very good reasons. But we should not expect new high-end construction to have any tangible effect on the availability of affordable housing in the urban core.

by Dizzy on Jan 28, 2013 2:46 pm • linkreport

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