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Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Readers’ most popular ideas for redistricting D.C.


So far, we’ve looked at fun maps, what residents of each area want and how much to change the wards. Now it’s time to look at the real meat of the issue: which areas could switch wards. . . .

Close to 50 percent of respondents put the tract including the Capitol, which only contains 8 residents, in Ward 6 versus Ward 2, so the small variations between the maps that residents of each ward created switches this back and forth. But it has almost no people, so it doesn’t help solve the redistricting problem.

The Ward 7 part of Census Tract 76.05 in the Fairlawn neighborhood is the small piece of Ward 7 that looks like it’s jutting into Ward 8. This was the only area where switching into Ward 8 was the most popular choice among residents of the local area. Only the Ward 3 (where it’s exactly 50-50) and Ward 7 average don’t switch it; respondents from all other wards show it fairly strongly switching into Ward 8.

A majority of people also put the area containing RFK stadium into ward 7, the visually simplest way to add population to Ward 7. It got moved in 54 percent of maps overall and 53 percent of resident maps. Ward 6 residents weren’t as eager, only moving it 45 percent of the time and much more often moving some of eastern Ward 5 into Ward 7. That was a popular alternative with respondents in general, as well.

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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