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March 6, 2015 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Friday roundup – March 2 through March 6, 2015

THIS WEEK IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
A number of news outlets have been taking a look at the shift of poverty from urban city centers to the inner ring suburbs. A new study examines how the shift has occurred locally and in the U.S. with some useful charts. (WCP, 3/5)

Twenty-five years ago, the doughnut theory of urban studies went like this: Cities were poor (the doughnut hole) and suburbs were rich (the doughnut). But the model has shifted over the past quarter century, to the point where wealthy cities are now surrounded by poorer inner suburbs (populated by people who can no longer afford the city), which in turn are surrounded by wealthier outer suburbs.

A new study from the University of Virginia quantifies this concept by plotting various demographic characteristics against the distance from the center of a city. In D.C.’s case, as in many cities around the country, the results are striking.

– A writer explored the opposing views of the left, and now the right, on how to solve the housing affordability crisis. (GGW, 3/4 and 3/6)

– We learned that through a residential/retail project, Fairfax City will be getting some long-awaited affordable housing units. Many residents support the project as a way of retaining talented newcomers and older residents in an increasingly unaffordable market. (Fairfax Connection, 3/5 [Pg. 4 & 8])

– D.C. councilmembers look toward providing more data to residents in search of affordable housing options. (WCP, 3/3)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– The Meyer Foundation’s Rick Moyers wrote a persuasive blog post about why he hopes his colleagues in the funding community will “get on the map” by sharing their grants data. (Daily, 3/3)

THIS WEEK IN YOUTH
– A bill giving authorities more power to keep children out of potentially dangerous homes, known as “Anayah’s Law,”  passed in Maryland’s House and Senate this week. (WaPo, 3/5)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSIT
– As early as this spring, D.C.’s new taxicab chief hopes to bring more taxis to underserved neighborhoods in a move similar to that of New York City’s two-tier taxicab system. (WAMU, 3/6)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK
Corporate Philanthropy Affinity Group: An Overview of Community Needs & Opportunity for Investment (WRAG’s corporate members or prospective corporate members only)
Tuesday, March 10, 2015  12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Get on the Map: A How-To Webinar
Thursday, March 12, 2015  2:00 PM – 2:45 PM


Don’t forget – Daylight Savings Time starts this Sunday!

– Ciara

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