The high cost of D.C. housing

August 16, 2013

Luxury apartments, like the ones planned for CityCenter DC, are out of the reach of many D.C. area workers. (Jeffrey MacMillan/Capital Business)

If you’re a lawyer, sure, it’s not hard to find a decent place to live in the District or other parts of the Washington region. If you’re a waiter, housekeeper, construction worker or firefighter, it’s a lot more difficult. A report from the Center for Housing Policy, highlighted Thursday by WAMU-FM, shows how the region’s housing prices are getting increasingly out of whack with residents’ incomes: “Some choose to live in communities beyond the edge of the metropolitan areas, where commutes are long but rents are low. Others give up more than half of their paycheck for rent and make cutbacks elsewhere to compensate. The two-income household is described as ‘one clear way to make expenses easier to manage,’ but the authors of the report note that it’s just not an option for many in the working world.”

In other news:

Compared to other major cities, D.C. is providing emergency medical services on a shoestring (AP)

Shortage of paramedics leads Gray administration to reverse course on “dual-role” hiring policy (WaTimes)

Another news cycle full of FEMS dysfunction (WUSA-TV)

Jonetta Rose Barras says “it’s not surprising” Vernon Hawkins pleaded guilty in Gray campaign probe (Post column)

City’s defense lawyer tab for 2002 mass arrests rises to $2.6 million (Legal Times)

Donnie McClurkin isn’t just “ex-gay”; he’s also a flat-out homophobe (Blade)

M Street bike lane change “shows a real unwillingness of D.C. officials to make the right decision, to back up their … subject-matter experts” (WashCycle)

And it sets a “terrible precedent” (Housing Complex)

What Andy Shallal thinks about the living wage bill and the soccer stadium (Loose Lips)

Where his political donations have gone (Ben Freed)

“The question may not be ‘should’ but ‘Will Andy run?’” (Eclectique916)

Tom Sherwood with a reminder: Petition pickup day is only 10 weeks away (WRC-TV)

What killed 1,000 fish in a Constitution Gardens pond? (PostWRC-TVWJLA-TV)

Who shot a pit bull to death in Northeast? (Post)

ATF agent shoots at perp, realizes it wasn’t actually the perp (PostD.C. Crime Stories)

D.C. Court of Appeals: If you approach a man on suspicion of public urination and he’s not actually peeing, you can’t then arrest him for his illegal handgun (Legal Times)

Irv Nathan speaks out against proposed Pepco rate hike on low-income customers (WUSA-TVWUSA-TV)

Turns out the MLK Memorial fix will be ready for the March on Washington anniversary after all (Post)

Is the Dupont Circle ANC easing its way out of its longstanding liquor license moratoriums? (GGWSALM)

How convenient: Man charged in 2007 killing was already jailed for two other killings (Post)

As you might guess: More mental health care for jail inmates means more money (Atlantic Cities)

Region’s tech investment is shifting toward D.C. proper (Atlantic Cities)

Conservative think tank absorbs “In My Backyard” effort (UrbanTurf)

Saturday stabbing will keep The Reef closed through the weekend, at least (GOG)

Help this toothless, enthusiastic fellow out (DCist)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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