Topic: Washington DC

A preservation strategy will help DC meet affordable housing needs

By Peter Tatian  ::  March 2nd, 2015

                                     Washington, DC is one of the most expensive places in the country to live. As many low-income residents continue to face challenges in finding affordable housing, the new city administration, led by Mayor Muriel Bowser, has emphasized the necessity of preserving existing affordable housing and building new affordable units to help meet those needs. […]

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Could the president’s budget put us on an optimistic path for long-term growth?

By Zach McDade  ::  February 3rd, 2015

With the release of President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal, much of the conversation inside the Beltway will be about politics: specifically, how Republican control of Congress may have affected what’s in the budget and whether the proposals have even a chance of passing. At Urban Institute’s 26th annual Roundtable on the President’s Budget, economic […]

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The Washington DC area needs more affordable rental housing

By Leah Hendey  ::  July 24th, 2014

Last Tuesday saw the release of Housing Security in the Washington Region, a study I wrote with my colleagues at the Urban Institute with assistance from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The study is unique for its breadth, spanning Washington, DC and 11 surrounding jurisdictions in Maryland and Virginia. It’s also thematically expansive, examining […]

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How can cities assess their residents’ foreign language needs?

By Hamutal Bernstein and Devlin Hanson and Julia Gelatt  ::  May 5th, 2014

Serving limited-English-proficient (LEP) populations is a critical policy issue in a country where one in seven households is an immigrant household. As immigrants settle in a growing number of regions and communities, more and more local service providers and municipal governments must support diverse language needs. But how? Some municipalities and counties are attempting to […]

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How DC’s continued growth is affecting its schools

By Lionel Foster  ::  May 1st, 2014

Last December, the Urban Institute launched “Our Changing City,” an interactive series designed to help anyone with an interest in DC explore 10 years of dynamic growth, 2000 through 2010. Chapter One covered demographics. We used data, narrative, and maps—lots of maps—to provide a bird’s eye view of how the city transformed after gaining nearly […]

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A portrait of universal pre-kindergarten in DC

By Graham MacDonald and Simone Zhang  ::  May 1st, 2014

DC’s universal pre-K program—the only one in the region—sets the city apart for its investment in equal access to early childhood education. By offering pre-K to all three- and four-year-olds, regardless of family income, the District may have given parents another reason to stay in the city, rather than move to the suburbs, when their […]

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From ward to ward, where do DC kids go to school?

By Brianna Losoya  ::  April 25th, 2014

From charter schools to private academies, the District of Columbia offers parents a large degree of flexibility in terms of school choice. But despite the many options across the city, data from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education indicates that children attending school in DC prefer to attend District of Columbia Public Schools […]

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Private school enrollment is on the decline in DC

By Graham MacDonald and Austin Nichols  ::  April 22nd, 2014

Over the past decade, private school enrollment among DC students has declined by over 65 percent, according to our analysis. Given that the number of high-income households in the District is increasing, tuition costs may not be a major factor in the change. Instead, the drop in private school enrollment could mean that more parents […]

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Many DC children are struggling to breathe. Is bad communication to blame?

By Marla McDaniel  ::  April 18th, 2014

Could simply fixing gaps in communication between doctors and schools be a key to reducing the impact of asthma on poor kids? A lot of research shows that not getting the right—or consistent—care causes conspicuous health disparities that fall neatly along racial, ethnic, and economic lines. For many kids with asthma, their condition is managed […]

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