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Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Where D.C.’s economic development spending is


Ward 8 wins, Ward 7 less so. (D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer)
Kwame R. Brown may no longer be D.C. Council chairman, but his legacy remains — in the form of a yearly comprehensive report detailing the city’s economic development spending.

In 2010, Brown introduced legislation requiring city financial officials to slice and dice public development assistance by ward and spending type. Today comes the latest report, on the new city budget set to take effect Oct. 1.

The chart above summarizes the findings: Wards 5 and 8, both relatively underdeveloped, will see the largest amount of investment. That’s quite a shift from the first report, done on the city’s 2010 budget, that found most investment heading into wards 2 and 6 — investment-rich areas that stretch from downtown east to the Anacostia River.

The bulk of Ward 8’s bump comes from the $67.6 million budgeted for infrastructure improvements at the St. Elizabeths east campus, as well as $53 million in renovations to Ballou High School. In Ward 5, rebuilds of Dunbar High and Brookland Middle schools drive the bulk of its $118 million in public investment.

Coming in last: Ward 7, home to Brown and Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

But before residents there get too upset, note that ribbons have been recently cut on several big projects in the ward — including a new Woodson High School, the Deanwood Recreation Center and two new libraries.

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