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March 25, 2013 / Christian Clansky

As the H Street corridor proves, revitalization doesn’t happen magically

HOUSING | Last Thursday, WRAG kicked off its Brightest Minds series for 2013 with former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros.

- Here’s part one of our recap of Cisneros’ talk. It focuses on geographic and demographic trends in housing. Tomorrow, we’ll write about Cisneros’ specific recommendations for our region’s funders. (Daily, 3/25)

- City Paper’s Aaron Weiner writes about new research confirming that people want to live near public transit, which is driving up housing costs in transit-friendly areas. As he points out (and we noted in our recap), this was one of Cisneros’ major points. (City Paper, 3/24)

- Why Your Skyrocketing Rent Is Bad for the Economy (Atlantic, 3/25) For me, it’s because I have less money to spend on Ninja Turtle action figures.

Related event: The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers’ 2013 annual meeting will be held on June 11 this year. More info and registration.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT | Opinion: Oramenta Newsome and Michael Rubinger of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation wrote a great piece for the Post titled The seeds of the H Street ‘miracle’. They talk about misperceptions related to the rebirth of the H Street corridor:

In 2012, President Obama dined there twice. USA Today dubbed H Street the country’s most up-and-coming neighborhood, and Forbes rated it the sixth-hippest corridor in the United States…

Funny thing, though: This story tends to be told as if all this revitalization happened magically around 2006, like a Big Bang of Hipness.

Related: A few years ago, WRAG published a report called Beyond Dollars. H Street’s revitalization was one of the stories. Read it on page seven.

BUDGETS | According to a new study, the District has the sixth best budget in the nation. (Examiner, 3/25)

YOUTH | But it can’t figure out how to help homeless youth. Here’s more on the budget cuts to Sasha Bruce Youthwork from a WJLA news segment. (WJLA, 3/23)

AGING | Older workers suffer from long-term unemployment more than any age group (Cleveland, 3/25)

RGIII | As he heals from knee surgery, local hero Robert Griffin III is keeping his throwing skills crisp by tossing the football with…elephants! Amazing. (HuffPo, 3/25)

DAILY | If all goes to plan, our email subscribers should be getting The Daily WRAG from MailChimp today around 1:00pm. Hopefully we won’t have too many kinks to work through, but please let us know if you have questions or suggestions.


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