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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 05/07/2012

DeMorning Links: The rent is too damn high

Inside a low-income apartment building that’s being fixed up for high-income tenants. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)
Do not doubt that D.C. has an affordable housing problem. According to a new D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute analysis, low-cost rental housing continues to disappear at an ever-quickening rate. The reasons, explains The Post’s Annys Shin: “Fueled by a strong job market for young professionals and a credit crunch that has made condominium conversion difficult, low-income apartment buildings are undergoing rapid makeovers to meet the demand for upscale housing. Meanwhile, homebuyers face a no-less-sobering reality: “It’s very difficult to get a house in a desirable neighborhood for less than $400,000,” a real estate expert tells The Post’s Olga Khazan. To blame is “a ‘perfect storm’ of economic issues and policy decisions.”

In other news:

Late at night at Union Station, cabbie lawlessness reigns (Post)

Some rejected medical marijuana applicants are suing the city (WaTimes)

Michael Davis, accused in Petworth hammer attacks, had history of mental health issues, including “auditory and visual hallucinations” (Post)

Man is convicted of beating stenographer at D.C. courthouse; other court reporters want more security (Crime Scene)

Six budget autonomy scenarios, none of them with a particularly happy ending (Roll Call)

Young girl shot in the leg off New York Avenue NW NE early this morning (WUSA-TV)

Tim Day snags Post endorsement in Ward 5 race (Post editorial)

Why do charter high schools do a better job graduating their students? (Post)

Mind the school improvement gap (Examiner)

Neighbors aren’t so keen on North Capitol street marijuana dispensary (BACA)

Capitol Hill, however, is “generally positive” toward their planned dispensary (

David Catania on Vincent Gray: “It’s really time to call it like it is.” (Examiner)

Deborah Simmons on David Catania: “Republican-in-name-only” turned “far-left independent” (WaTimes)

A splash of cold water on Georgetown Hospital moving talk (WBJ)

Kwame Brown eyes a $700,000 incentive to put in a restaurant down the street from his house (Housing Complex)

More work to be done to save school librarians (Examiner)

Hit-and-run accidents with no injuries aren’t very high on police priority list (Post op-ed)

Yes, there will be another furlough repayment vote (Examiner)

Mark Segraves catches handicapped parking fraudsters in the act (WJLA-TV)

Grover Norquist’s outfit takes note of D.C. alcohol tax proposal (Americans for Tax Reform)

Some DCPS students are pretty darn good Scrabble players (Post)

Why the mansion at 11th and K ought to be saved (Streets of Washington)

Veterinary clinic, “high fashion” boutique get H Street small business grants (Examiner)

IG: DCPS needs to do a better job drug testing its employees (Examiner)

Performance parking expansion is set to fund bus improvements (GGW, WAMU-FM, Post)

Feds pretty much shrug at Occupy D.C. (Examiner)

Big win: D.C. Auditor will post ANC financial reports online (GGW)

Alcohol working group comes up with a report (DCist)

Two years after medical marijuana got council’s thumbs up, still no program (DCist)

Time for (another) Chartered Health Plan audit? (Examiner)

Why the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. must be saved (The Root DC)

RFK skate park finally opens to the public (PoP)

Turn out the lights; save the birds (HuffPo)

A year after transplantation, National Christmas Tree is felled (Post)

Mary Cheh, DDOT chief to get an earful from Glover Park residents tonight (Patch)

Bolt missing on D.C. highway sign! (WRC-TV)

Progress on Metro crash memorial (Examiner)

More Filipino press for Marion Barry (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

D.C. man accused of threatening to blow up bridge near Union Station (Crime Scene)

Already-jailed man charged with pair of 1998 killings in Columbia Heights (Crime Scene)

Arrest made in May 1 stabbing death in Kenilworth (Homicide Watch, Crime Scene)

Body found on Rock Creek Parkway early Saturday (Crime Scene)

Capital Bikeshare: Both transportation and competition (Post op-ed)

Oh, Nats: Bryce Harper steals home; Jayson Werth breaks his wrist (Post)

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