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October 3, 2016 / WRAG

New data show increasing economic disparities, displacement in DC

INEQUALITY | The median income in DC overall has increased since the recession, but the poverty rate has increased in wards 7 and 8, according to a DC Fiscal Policy Institute analysis of recently released census data. In addition, the number of African-American residents living west of the Anacostia River has declined since 2007. (City Paper, 9/29)

According to the advocacy organization, 21,000 fewer black residents live west of the Anacostia River than before the recession, resulting in a decline from 42 percent of west-of-the-river population in 2007 to 33 percent last year. Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of residents living east of the Anacostia are black, composing almost half of the District’s total black population (47 percent).

Additionally, the poverty rate east of the river increased from 27 percent before the recession to 33 percent in 2015. It ticked down a percentage point west of the river, to 12 percent, over the same period. The proportion of the city’s residents who live below the federal poverty line jumped from 40 percent in 2007 to 47 percent last year.

Here’s more on DCFPI’s analysis and recommendations.

– A new report from American University finds that, across the region, people living in the most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods think that their neighborhoods are better than other areas. However, even in diverse neighborhoods, black and Latino residents reported different perceptions of police and safety. (WaPo 10/3)

Related: WRAG Members: Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center at AU, which conducted this study, is the business meeting speaker at WRAG’s 2016 Annual Meeting. His talk will focus on how we can better ensure that the benefits of economic development and growth happening across the region accrue to all residents. Learn more here.

– PolicyLink has a nice write-up (featuring the Northern Virginia Health Foundation president and CEO and WRAG Board member Patricia Mathews) about how Fairfax County came to pass the One Fairfax resolution, which commits the county to advancing racial and social equity. (PolicyLink, 9/29)

– In their latest in a series of issue briefs, HAND looks at the housing choices of millennials and their impact on the Greater Washington region. (HAND, 9/27)

Affordable Housing Advocacy and the National Elections (NPQ, 10/3)

Developer-In-Chief: Obama Wants D.C. (And Other Cities) To Build More Housing (WAMU, 9/29)

JUSTICE | D.C.’s Broken Parole System (City Paper, 9/30)

FOOD/HEALTH | FDA Is Redefining The Term ‘Healthy’ On Food Labels (NPR, 10/3)

How did I go for so long without knowing about pangolins?!

– Rebekah

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