TRANSPORTATION/EQUITY | WMATA is facing a challenging budget shortfall and has discussed proposals for fixing it, including fare hikes, benefit cuts, and potential service reductions. Cutting services may help address the budget issues, but the region will pay a big price in terms of social equity. (City Lab, 10/12)
As 11 of the stations targeted for cuts are located in Ward 7, Ward 8, and Prince George’s County, the proposal would disproportionately hamper D.C.’s poorest and blackest communities. As…noted previously, Metro’s own data show that Metrorail passengers who make less than $30,000 a year are more likely to ride during off hours. For that story, [the reporter] was anticipating the burden that riders would feel from the temporary station closures imposed by WMATA’s “SafeTrack” program. The burden would of course be steeper if these stations were closed during off-peak hours altogether.
HOUSING | The government has utilized public housing as a tool to create and preserve affordable places to live, but many today are threatened. (GGW, 10/12)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Ward 8 Ex Furniture Store To House Busboys and Poets, Nonprofits (City Paper, 10/6)
EDUCATION | According to a new study, discrimination faced by kids at school has an effect on learning and contributes to the achievement gap. (Atlantic, 10/11)
ART | D.C.’s First Creative Time Summit Asks How Art Can Influence Politics (WAMU, 10/12)
NONPROFITS | Voices of Board Chairs: A National Study on the Perspectives of Nonprofit Board Chairs (NP Quarterly, 10/12)
PHILANTHROPY | #GivingTuesday Donations Have Risen Steadily, Study Finds (CP, 10/12)
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung …
May you stay forever young.
Congratulations to Bob Dylan on winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature – Buffy