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June 6, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Gentrification and transportation in the nation’s capital

TRANSIT | The ease with which District residents can walk, bike, or access public transportation to get to work has greatly improved over the years, particularly relative to other cities. DC Policy Center takes a look at how these transportation policies have contributed to the city’s social inequity. (DC Policy Center, 6/6)

Policies meant to make the city more walkable and bikable can be perceived to amplify transportation injustices—or, at a minimum, change how these communities function. And the communities at risk for displacement because of gentrification speak out against them. Bike lanes, for example, have been a frequent point of contention, with some of the fiercest resistance coming from churches serving D.C.’s African American communities, who want to maintain Sunday parking for suburban parishioners.

For parishioners, these churches anchored their communities during some the District’s toughest years, and policies like bike lanes can be seen as mechanisms of displacement imposed on these neighborhoods after years of neglect. Proponents argue that all residents can benefit from safer bike lanes and reduced traffic congestion.

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY | Last week, Leadership Greater Washington and WRAG wrapped up their final session in an 18-month long Thought Leadership Series on Housing Affordability in Greater Washington. The series highlighted the housing challenges in our region and participants were able to develop a consensus on ways to move forward. (LGWDC Blog, 6/5)

Gretchen Greiner-Lott, vice president of WRAG, says, “It has been a pleasure to work with LGW on their first Thought Leadership Series, which focused on housing affordability, one of WRAG’s priority areas. Be sure to review the top 10 ways individuals can engage in this issues (see link above) and make your move!”

IMMIGRATION | A District charter school has been awarded an $84,000 grant to offer legal services to its immigrant families. (WAMU, 6/5)

POVERTY | An Urban Institute report found that states with a large Black population are less likely to spend on antipoverty programs than those with a majority White population. (Atlantic, 6/6)

GIVING | Opinion: What if grantmakers focused on longtime results instead of activities when funding organizations? (Chronicle, 5/31 – Subscription needed)

CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AWARDS| June 23rd is the last day to submit nominations for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2017 Corporate Citizenship Awards. We’d love to see WRAG members take home top prizes and be acknowledged for the great work you’re doing!

PUBLIC SAFETY
– A new Georgetown Law program intends to teach rookie police officers innovative policing strategies. (WaPo, 6/5)

– Prince William Co. police to start wearing body cameras (WTOP, 6/6)

ENVIRONMENT | The Greater Washington region commits to pledge on climate change as the administration pulls out of the Paris climate pact. (WaPo, 6/5)


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– Kendra

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