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D.C. Voices: Safe Passage program and student commutes

A recent increase in violent crimes across the District has amplified concerns about community safety, including for students on their commutes to school. To improve student safety on their way to and from school, the Safe Passage Program places trusted adults from the community along specific routes. Mayor Bowser’s office allocated more than $4.3 million to community organizations to hire 215 Safe Passage workers during Fiscal Year 2022. We asked students, businesses, and administrators about their perceptions of safety for students during their commutes, and what experiences they have had with the Safe Passage program.

September 28, 2022 | Aniyha Brown

Aniyha Brown

Aniyha Brown was a 2022 Summer Research Intern for the D.C. Policy Center. In this role, she worked on research surrounding the Safe Passage Program, D.C.’s adult public charter schools, and high impact tutoring. Aniyha served as a Summer Fellow with the Mikva Challenge and a participant in the Mayor Marion Barry…

September 27, 2022 |

Chart of the week: Federal recovery spending likely increased school-level spending by an average of 2 percent in school year 2020-21

The federal government has provided three rounds of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) grants to help schools with pandemic recovery. In D.C., the three rounds of ESSER funding added up to $540 million to be spent locally by the end of FY2024. This is the equivalent of about $1,307 per student per year.

September 23, 2022 | Chelsea Coffin

Washington D.C. Economic Partnership to take more active role in bringing companies downtown | Washington Business Journal

Sellars said this entity will be focused just on D.C., which has had far less success than both Maryland and Virginia in attracting companies and generating jobs thus far. Of 120 large headquarters that have moved to Greater Washington this century, just 16 have come to the District itself, according to research from D.C. Policy Center, and the city is losing 2.4 jobs for every job it adds.

September 22, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony on the Stop Discrimination with Algorithms Act of 2021

As drafted, the regulatory requirements of this bill would create uncertainty and a regulatory burden on a large number of D.C. businesses, including businesses or organizations whose area of work is completely disconnected from algorithms and other scoring mechanisms.

September 22, 2022 | Yesim Sayin

Testimony to D.C. SBOE on ESSER funds and the future of school finance in the District

The three rounds of ESSER funding mean $540 million allocated to schools to be spent by the end of fiscal year 2024 (September 30, 2024). This means approximately $1,307 in additional funding per student across five school years between 2019-20 and 2023-24 for the 48 LEAs receiving ESSER funds, assuming constant enrollment from last school year. ESSER funds are therefore about 10 percent the size of the foundation level of funding per pupil for school year 2022-23, making it important to take stock of how these funds are spent along the way and what may happen when funds expire.

September 21, 2022 | Chelsea Coffin

What experts say needs to be done to disrupt historic patterns of segregation in DC’s schools | Greater Greater Washington

While a 2018 study found that giving at-risk students a higher priority would improve outcomes for just 8.2% of at-risk participants, a 2020 study by DC Policy Center was much more promising. They looked specifically at charter schools with long waitlists that had just 15% of at-risk students enrolled (city-wide, 45% of students are at-risk). At these schools, given the preference siblings get in the lottery, it was hard for at-risk students to snag a coveted spot.

September 19, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony on the Schools First in Budgeting Amendment Act of 2021

Three of the concerns we expressed in January – implementing an inflationary adjustment in a high inflation year, baking the existing inequities into the system, and basing calculations on proposed budgets and not actual spending — remain under this staff draft. We also have two additional concerns, related to new language and stemming from new information.

September 16, 2022 | Yesim Sayin

The ripple effects of how – and if – kids are able to commute safely to school | Greater Greater Washington

Research by the DC Policy Center found that in 2021 almost 80% of people lived within half a mile of a homicide (which are on the rise in DC) occurring that year. Black residents, however, are 19 percentage points more likely than their white peers to live within that radius.

September 15, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

The D.C. Housing Authority Pays Top Dollar To Landlords In Wealthy Areas. Some Say That’s Bad Policy. | DCist

D.C.’s nearly 40-year-old rent control law caps annual rent increases at the rate of inflation plus 2% at larger apartment buildings constructed before 1976. Roughly one third of rental units in D.C. fall under rent control, but that number has decreased over time, according to the D.C. Policy Center.

September 13, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. launches grant program to expand early child care facilities | Axios DC

According to the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, early childhood educators, who are predominantly Black and brown, earn a median annual income of approximately $31,950 — barely above minimum wage and not on par with public school teachers. The median teacher pay in D.C. is just over $81,000, says the D.C. Policy Center.

September 13, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Chart of the week: School districts are struggling to retain and recruit teachers

In the 2021-2022 school year, D.C. public and public charter schools retained an average of 74 percent of their teachers, compared to a national average of 84 percent. However, some areas of D.C. have faced lower teacher retention than others, with greater shares of teachers in Wards 6, 7, and 8 choosing to leave their schools.

September 9, 2022 | James Treuthardt

How school boundaries and feeder patterns shape DC’s housing and education inequalities | Greater Greater Washington

At-risk kids are also less likely to get into their lottery choices. A major reason is that the lottery gives preference to siblings, according to research by the D.C. Policy Center, which tends to maintain school demographics rather than disrupt them.

September 2, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Navigating the wilderness, avoiding predators urban and rural | Washington Post

A report in June by the D.C. Policy Center noted that just being in proximity to repeated criminal acts can have a deleterious effect on mental and physical health. The study found that 80 percent of District residents lived within a half-mile of a homicide in 2021. However, in wealthy and predominantly White Ward 3, there were only two homicides, and no one lived within a half-mile of either killing.

August 30, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Q&A: Tackling the achievement gap with Chelsea Coffin, director of Education Policy at D.C. Policy Center | The Afro

Chelsea Coffin joined the D.C. Policy Center in 2017 as the Director of the Education Policy Initiative, which seeks to use new data and information to improve outcomes for District students— especially, those that are underprivileged. The AFRO connected with Coffin to learn more about tackling the achievement gap and the importance of diversity in the classroom. The conversation below has been edited for length and clarity. 

August 5, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Schools Face Major Substitute Teacher Shortage: Analysis | Washington Informer

On August 3, 2022, the D.C. Policy Center’s Chart of the week, Ongoing substitute teacher shortages affect schools’ ability to function, was cited by the Washington Informer: D.C. Public Schools may face a huge shortage of substitute teachers in the upcoming academic year, which could have an impact on classrooms and school…

August 4, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Nationals Fans Have Lost Hope. Here’s Why They Shouldn’t | City Cast DC

Meanwhile, with three weeks to go until school starts back up, DC Public Schools is facing a serious shortage of substitute teachers. The number of subs has dropped by 50 percent in the past two years, according to a new D.C. Policy Center report. A lot teachers say they’re quitting because of low pay, lack of benefits, and COVID concerns.

August 4, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

The number of licensed health care clinicians in Washington D.C. increased during the early pandemic period 

To show how the pandemic and ensuing policies have affected the HCC supply in D.C., we submitted multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the D.C. Department of Health (DOH) to create a database of clinicians who are licensed to practice in D.C. This licensee database is a full census of licensed clinicians in D.C. at three points in time (April 2020, January 2021, and August 2021), presenting the clearest picture of who is available to provide care to the District’s residents.

August 2, 2022 | Igor Geyn, Molloy Sheehan

DC Substitute Teachers Cite Low Pay, Lack of Benefits for ‘Mass Exodus’ | NBC 4

According to a recent analysis from local research group D.C. Policy Center, the number of substitutes on the DCPS payroll has gone down from 987 at the start of 2020 to 501 in the first quarter of 2022. It’s not known exactly how many substitutes there are going into the upcoming school year, as D.C.’s public employee salary database has yet to update with the most recent quarter’s data.

August 2, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Office Conversions Are Good for Cities | The American Conservative

On July 30, 2022, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Examining office to residential conversions in the District, was cited by The American Conservative: An analysis by the D.C. Policy Center found that while a Class C office building could increase in value if converted to residential, converting it to Class A would yield…

August 1, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

These are the hottest neighborhoods in D.C. | City Cast DC

On July 25, 2022, a map from the D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C.’s heat islands, was cited by City Cast DC: The last few days have been some of the most wretchedly hot ones I’ve seen in D.C. Apparently, D.C. is an urban heat island (a.k.a it’s hotter than neighboring counties, lucky us). However,…

August 1, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Chart of the week: Ongoing substitute teacher shortages affect schools’ ability to function

D.C. has not escaped the national substitute shortage facing districts across the country. According to public salary data published by District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), the number of substitute teachers on the payroll has dropped from a peak of 987 in the first quarter of 2020, to 501 in the first quarter of 2022 (data are not available for public charter schools). While enrollment has shrunk in DCPS schools by four percent since 2019, the decrease in substitutes has outpaced that.

July 29, 2022 | James Treuthardt

D.C.’s changing public school enrollment: Trends by ward

How do and enrollment trends differ across different areas of D.C.? While the number of births decreased across all wards, some wards have seen larger declines than others. These declines have varying levels of significance for enrollment trends as the relationship between the number of births and where students live and where they enroll in school varies across the city. While we can look to births and cohort retention ratios to project future public school enrollment by grade, it is very challenging to do so by ward.

July 28, 2022 | Julie Rubin, Chelsea Coffin

Chart of the week: The majority of teachers in the District are rent burdened

The increasing cost of renting an apartment in the District of Columbia is making it more difficult for essential community workers (teachers, nurses, police officers etc.) to live in or near the communities they serve. Given the current salaries teachers receive, how affordable is the city for the median teacher? Comparing the…

July 22, 2022 | Robert Newman

D.C.’s changing public school enrollment: Trends by race and grade band

in recent years, the share of students who are Black enrolled in D.C.’s public schools has declined across all grade bands – due in part to fewer births to mothers who are Black and weaker preferences for pre-kindergarten during the pandemic.

July 21, 2022 | Julie Rubin

Report shows enrollment in DC schools is down and projected to continue to decline | WJLA

A report by the DC Policy Center shows enrollment growth stalled in D.C. schools during the pandemic and if the trend continues, an enrollment that currently stands at 87,000 could decline to 81,000 by 2026.

July 18, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Chart of the week: Business response to COVID in D.C. and across the country

Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics based on a survey of businesses across the country show that a larger share of private sector businesses in D.C. adopted telework, reduced their office space, and moved their offices, compared to the private sector establishments across the entire U.S. Across D.C., 68 percent…

July 15, 2022 | Yesim Sayin

D.C. school enrollment expected to drop after years of increases | Washington Post

Enrollment in D.C.’s traditional public and charter schools is expected to drop over the next five years, a disappointing turn for a city that had celebrated more than a decade of growth in its public schools. The current enrollment stagnation and anticipated decrease in the coming years — according to a study released Wednesday by the local research group D.C. Policy Center — was propelled by declining birthrates and adults leaving the city or pulling their children out of public schools during the pandemic.

July 14, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Study reveals decline in DC school enrollment, what’s expected in coming years | WTOP

School enrollment numbers in D.C. are projected to decline, the latest shift after years of growth in its public and charter schools.

July 14, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Remote work and housing costs: D.C.’s new economic development plan will consider pandemic’s impact | Washington Business Journal

Even if employees do come back a few days a week they’ll be spending less. If the estimated 155,000 who commute into D.C. from nearby came in just days a week, D.C. would lose out on $62.9 million a year in sales tax revenue, according to the analysis. Yesim Sayin, its executive director, said that puts more importance on a strategy that proves a value of in-person work.

July 14, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Declining births and lower demand: Charting the future of public school enrollment in D.C.

The two main drivers of enrollment growth (births in D.C. and preference of families to live in D.C. and choose public schools) have both been on the decline in recent years. This report analyzes how changing trends will impact future enrollment projections for D.C.’s public schools.

July 13, 2022 | Chelsea Coffin, Julie Rubin

Chart of the week: Students’ use of public transit remains at a fraction of pre-pandemic levels

As of January 2022, student ridership on public transit, as measured by Kids Ride Free trips, was 11 percent of pre-pandemic levels (September 2019), according to data from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education’s Performance Oversight data for FY21 and FY20.

July 8, 2022 | Chelsea Coffin

Black-owned stores work to end D.C.’s food deserts | Washington Post

On July 7, 2022, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Food access in D.C is deeply connected to poverty and transportation, was cited by the Washington Post: Wards 7 and 8 lost four of their seven full-service grocery stores between 2010 and 2020, while the city’s other six wards gained 37 grocery stores…

July 7, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Remote work and the future of D.C. (Part 2): What does remote work mean for the District of Columbia’s tax base?

This report is the second in a two-part series focused on building a better understanding of how remote work will impact the District’s future. We estimate how the shift to remote work might impact the city’s tax base and propose next steps to ensuring the District has an upward economic growth trajectory as the city recovers from the pandemic.

July 7, 2022 | Bailey McConnell, Yesim Sayin

Chart of the week: ‘Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services’ is the only subsector where employment is now above pre-pandemic levels

As of May 2022, total employment in D.C. stood at 766,900—still 38,400 below the pre-pandemic peak of 805,400 in February of 2020. Most of these job losses are in the private sector (37,600 jobs behind pre-pandemic level, accounting for 98 percent of the loss).

July 1, 2022 | Yesim Sayin

Thousands of DC kids were exposed to gun violence in 2021. This group is working to stop the spread | WUSA 9

Data showing how many D.C. kids are impacted by shootings reflects just how important that support is.The DC Policy Centermapped it out. “On average, when a homicide happened in DC [in 2021], there were about 2,800 kids that were nearby,” executive director of the center, Yesim Sayin said. Sayin said in areas that see more violent crime, that number can get up into the hundreds of thousands.

June 29, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Chart of the week: Share of jobs in D.C. with median annual wages > $150,000

Despite a 6 percent decline in employment between 2019 and 2021, total wages earned in the District of Columbia in that same time grew by 7 percent. And, average wages increased by 14 percent—faster than the inflation rate.

June 24, 2022 | Bailey McConnell

Proximity to homicide exposure in Washington, D.C., 2021

When neighborhoods are exposed to crime, children are less likely to play outside, more likely to be stressed out or experience poor mental health. They worry about safe passage to their schools and fall behind in their schoolwork. The incidence of homicides has increased dramatically in the District of Columbia since 2017. And homicides are increasingly happening in parts of the city that are denser, exposing a larger number of people. But less dense neighborhoods tend have more children, so when adjusted for child population, many more neighborhoods start lighting up on our maps, showing the great toll these events take on the District’s children.

June 23, 2022 | Alexander Din

What Really Happens When Dollar Stores Replace Grocers | Mashed

The Anacostia River branches off the Potomac just two miles due south of the U.S. Capitol building near the Nationals baseball stadium, running through Washington, D.C. past the National Arboretum, and into Maryland. Across the 11th Street bridge is a low-income and predominantly-Black neighborhood (per Statistical Atlas) which, on a map published by the D.C. Policy Center, is lit up with blue dots, each marking a bodega or corner store. The area contains only two full-service grocers — which, as the map shows, are abundant and accessible everywhere north and west of the river.

June 21, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Urban exodus that began during pandemic shows no signs of slowing down | Washington Examiner

On June 20, 2022, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Charts of the week: A pandemic-induced exodus has broken the District’s population boom, was cited by the Washington Examiner: The availability of remote work, the persistence of pandemic-related restrictions, and the rise of crime and inflation have all contributed to a stream of…

June 21, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Charts of the week: Back to work(ing)

Between May 2021 and May 2022, the District’s labor force has grown by nearly 6,000. The labor force, as estimated by the BLS per today’s data release, is at 386,440—still about 14,323 below pre-pandemic levels. The bad news: this is probably due to population loss including the loss of working adults. The good news: the 6,000 increase is recent, perhaps signaling that employment growth will also pick up. The labor force remained virtually flat between May 2020 and May 2021, and of the 6,000 increase almost 15 percent happened in a single month between April and May of 2022.

June 17, 2022 | Bailey McConnell

Giant Close To Deal For 55K SF Store Where Walmart Infamously Changed Course | Bisnow

“Bowser has directed several new initiatives to address food insecurity in Wards 7 and 8, where the D.C. Policy Center estimates 82% of the city’s food deserts lie.”

June 16, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony on Bill 24-0712, the “Domestic Worker Employment Rights Amendment Act of 2022”

In contrast to its stated intent, the bill may reduce opportunities for the most vulnerable workers. Little is known about the demographics and number of domestic workers in the District, and the bill does not examine the impact employment agreements will have on workers. By formalizing employment agreements, the bill may close doors to workers whose immigration status cannot be verified.

June 16, 2022 | Emilia Calma

Testimony on the Confirmation Resolution of Glen M. Lee: What fiscal picture is awaiting the new CFO?

Good morning, Chairman McDuffie and members of the Committee. My name is Yesim Sayin, and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center—an independent non-partisan think tank advancing policies for a strong, competitive, and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia.  As we welcome a new CFO to the city,…

June 15, 2022 | Yesim Sayin

Understanding why the region grapples with unequal access to TOD | Greater Greater Washington

High-income earners eventually started returning to the city, and so did the jobs, according to a DC Policy Center study. Growth in DC, according to the DC Policy Center, was driven by young people between the ages of 25-35 in the early 2000s. Areas like Fairfax, Montgomery, and Prince George’s also experienced huge spikes in population growth. And TOD sprouted up in places throughout the District as more and more people wanted to be able to walk to their destinations.

June 14, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Deanwood neighborhood center with grocery store clears major hurdle | Washington Business Journal

Medici Road has been working for over a year to resurrect what is now an overgrown lot on a main neighborhood thoroughfare within the Deanwood policy focus area, which emphasizes infill development, especially with neighborhood-serving retail. Advisory Neighborhood Council 7C supported the project, noting the corridor has much under-used land, and the grocery store has been a popular demand in an area the D.C. Policy Center designates as a food desert. The grocery store and coffee shop users haven’t been made public, Jackson said.

June 13, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Puzzle of the week: Why are D.C.’s withholding taxes growing, if residents and tax filers are leaving?

According to the Internal Revenue Service’s migration data, D.C. lost 15,304 residents and 7,990 tax filers between 2019 and 2020. Pre-pandemic, between 2018 and 2019, D.C. also lost residents and filers, but in the first year of the pandemic, these losses increased greatly. Importantly, 60 percent of the leavers were tax filing units (individuals, couples, or families) that had taxable incomes of $100,000 or more. These are clearly filers with jobs. At the same time, the withholding portion of income tax collections–the income taxes that are directly taken out of paychecks every pay period–is growing at 10 to 11 percent. That means that the wage and salary incomes of District residents are growing despite this loss.

June 10, 2022 | Bailey McConnell, Yesim Sayin

Chart of the week: Rents in Ward 5 are catching up to more expensive places in the city

Washington D.C. has long been an expensive city to rent an apartment, but where within the city renting housing is most expensive has changed during the pandemic. In the past three years, the cost of renting an apartment in the District has increased overall by an average of 15.46 percent—but these increases are inconsistent across both apartment size and between the city’s eight wards.

June 3, 2022 | Robert Newman

Updated: Database of D.C. Planned Unit Developments (PUDs)

There have been hundreds of PUDs over the past two decades, but the data isn’t particularly well organized. It lives in a series of individual zoning orders and supporting documents — hundreds of PDFs buried within the zoning website. In 2019, contributor Nick Sementelli systematically combed through those documents to build a scannable, sortable database. We are publishing an update to that database to include 92 more recent PUDs.

June 1, 2022 | Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia

D.C. bypasses national public school enrollment drop | Axios DC

D.C.’s high school graduation rate was on the decline for years, D.C. Policy Center’s Education Policy Initiative director Chelsea Coffin tells Axios. But it increased during the pandemic as some graduation requirements were relaxed or waived. What to watch: Coffin says the decrease in D.C. births will impact public school enrollment in the future, especially for younger students.

June 1, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Chart of the week: Pandemic enrollment in postsecondary institutions has been more stable in D.C. than across the country

Nationally, enrollment across public and private/not-for-profit postsecondary institutions (including undergraduate, graduate, two-year, and four-year programs) declined by 3.6 percent from Fall 2019 to Fall 2020. D.C.’s enrollment likewise declined, but to a lesser extent.

May 27, 2022 | Julie Rubin

Charts of the week: The impact of new at-risk concentration funding at the school level 

This week, the Council of the District of Columbia added a subtitle to the FY23 budget with two additional weights to the student funding formula, which would provide additional funds to schools where 40 percent or more of the student population is designated as at-risk, and to schools where 70 percent or…

May 13, 2022 | Chelsea Coffin

Remote work and the future of D.C. (Part 1): How is remote work changing the geography of work in the District of Columbia?

As remote work is taking hold, it is breaking the relationship between where people live and where they work. Historically, proximity to work has been a key driver of population growth in the District of Columbia. And commuters have been an important source of economic activity, both supporting the local service economy and sustaining the demand for office space. 

May 12, 2022 | Bailey McConnell, Yesim Sayin

Nation’s capital grapples with violence, juvenile crime as DC leaders look for answers | Fox News

D.C.’s population fell by about 3%, representing a loss of more than 20,000 residents, in 2021, the D.C. Policy Center reported on March 25, citing data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

May 9, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Chart of the week: How will the region’s geography of work change if remote work continues?

Remote work is likely here to stay and is breaking the relationship between where we live and where we work. This has implications on the District’s attractiveness, competitiveness, economic growth, and fiscal health. As workers spend less time near their workplaces and more time near their homes, it shifts the geography of…

April 21, 2022 | Bailey McConnell, Yesim Sayin

Masks on Metro? | The D.C. Line

On April 20, 2022, The D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C. Voices: D.C. schools ramped up mental health resources during the pandemic. How well do these services address student needs?, was cited by The D.C. Line: The D.C. Policy Center has a new analysis of the extra mental health resources provided by DC schools during…

April 20, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: D.C. schools ramped up mental health resources during the pandemic. How well do these services address student needs?

While schools invested in supports like hiring additional staff and providing social-emotional integration trainings during the 2020-21 school year, many students and families reported challenges when trying to access mental health resources. In this latest installment in our D.C. Voices series, we hear directly from students, researchers, and administrators to learn more about the barriers students may face when accessing services and how available mental health services currently meet needs.

April 20, 2022 | Julie Rubin

Not easy being Orange | 730DC

On April 15, 2022, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Do residential properties in D.C.’s historic districts outperform the rest of the city in value appreciation?, was cited by 730DC: Appreciating historyContrary to what you might expect, homes in DC’s historic districts have actually risen less in value. Read more: Not easy being Orange…

April 15, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Chart of the week: Equitable access seat matches in D.C.’s common lottery for school enrollment

kindergarten, at a public charter school, or at a DCPS school aside from their in-boundary option. Last week, applicants to the common lottery received their results, which for the first time included an equitable access priority for students who are identified as “at-risk” with 400 applicants matching in this category.

April 15, 2022 | Chelsea Coffin

Andrew Trueblood joins Housing Policy Initiative at the D.C. Policy Center

Andrew Trueblood will join the D.C. Policy Center as a Senior Advisor to its Housing Policy Initiative, to direct the development of the organization’s Cash for Covenants project. Most recently, Andrew served as the Director of the DC Office of Planning (DCOP), where he prioritized agency efforts around housing and equity, and…

April 14, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Breakfast links: Prince George’s County receives $2.5 billion for economic growth | Greater Greater Washington

On April 14, 2022, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Do residential properties in D.C.’s historic districts outperform the rest of the city in value appreciation?, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: Residential properties in DC’s historic areas have underperformed in value appreciation compared to homes in the rest of the city, despite the properties…

April 14, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Do residential properties in D.C.’s historic districts outperform the rest of the city in value appreciation?

Residential properties in the District’s historic neighborhoods are generally more expensive than those outside these neighborhoods. But data show that these buildings have underperformed in value appreciation compared to the rest of the city.

April 13, 2022 | Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia, Yesim Sayin

Groups call on D.C. to classify more kids as at-risk for academic failure | Washington Post

The D.C. Policy Center, a local research group, crunched the numbers and determined that expanding the eligibility for at-risk funds could cost the city anywhere between $20 and $33 million each year. Analysts figured that many children who would fall under these new categories already qualify for at-risk funding because their families qualify for food stamps.

April 9, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Chart of the week: Employment and labor force recovery remains slow in the region, slower in the District

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the District has been underperforming relative to the Washington metropolitan area both in employment recovery and the growth of the labor force.

April 7, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Mendelson Taps Ex-D.C. Mayor Williams to Lead Tax Commission | Washington Informer

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced he has appointed former Mayor Anthony Williams as chairman of the D.C. Tax Revision Commission, as well as five other members… the appointees to the commission are Rahsaan G. Bernard, president of Building Bridges Across the River; Erica Williams, executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute; Yesim Taylor, executive director of the DC Policy Center…

April 5, 2022 |

Chart of the week: Which D.C. residents have returned to in-person work?

During the first two weeks of March 2022, 36 percent of working-age District residents reported working (or volunteering) outside their homes during the previous week.

April 1, 2022 | Yesim Sayin

The case for investing in trauma-informed management practices in the workplace: Knowledge, practice, and policy that can improve life outcomes in the District of Columbia

Individuals with trauma responses can face great difficulties in finding and retaining a job. Trauma responses oftentimes make it difficult for workers to handle everyday stressors at work. While many publicly-funded job training programs have adopted a trauma-informed approach, it is rare to find private employers who have adopted trauma-informed management practices as these changes are often considered difficult and outside of the scope of management.

March 30, 2022 | Emilia Calma, Yesim Sayin

Morning newsletter: D.C. struggles to retain millennials | Axios DC

The District is no longer attracting as many of the young and well-educated adults who have fueled its recent population growth, census data shows. The migration of young people over the past two decades led to an increase in public school enrollment, new development, and more tax revenue for the District. But the number of people aged 25 to 34 moving into the city has slowed in the past four years, further declining during the pandemic, local think tank D.C. Policy Center found.

March 28, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

FY23 Budget Oversight Hearing: Committee of the Whole (Education Agencies)

The FY23 budget includes substantial investments in academics, with a historic increase of 5.87 percent to the UPSFF foundation level and $14 million for high impact tutoring, among others. These resources intended to boost learning outcomes are essential for success in school year 2022-23, but there is a need to focus more on the expected results. OSSE’s Annual Performance Plan has FY22 targets of 43.2 percent of students being college and career ready in English Language Arts (ELA) and 40.1 percent in Math, which indicate an increase of 6.2 percentage points in ELA and 9.1 percentage points in Math from 2018-19.

March 28, 2022 | Chelsea Coffin

Charts of the week: A pandemic-induced exodus has broken the District’s population boom

According to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, the District’s population fell by around 3 percent in 2021, to 690,093 – a loss of 20,043 residents. Domestic out-migration, or people moving from D.C. to other parts of the country, is the primary source of this decline. While domestic out-migration has been underway since 2018, over 23,000 residents left the city in 2021, setting a record high of the last two decades.

March 25, 2022 | Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia

Swimming in money — but how soon will the drought come, and what’s the plan? | The DC Line

On March 24, 2022, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Chart of the week: Mayor Bowser’s FY 2023 proposed budget, was cited by The DC Line: If folks want to understand what irresponsible financial planning and management look like, they need only review the recent Chart of the Week published by the D.C. Policy…

March 24, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Do you live in a DC apartment building? Take our survey and tell us about your “high-rise life” | Forest Hills Connection

The majority of DC residents rent their homes, and in 2019, when the D.C. Policy Center was collecting data for its 2020 report on rental housing in the District, 60 percent of rental units were in apartment buildings. That’s 124,641 apartment units, in 3,121 buildings. And we’d like to know more about what it’s like to live in them.

March 23, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

“I break things and put them back together again” | 730DC

Adults ages 25-34 left DC in record numbers during the pandemic, new data shows. This is worrisome not just because you have to make new friends now*, but because maintaining a net inflow of young adult workers can be crucial to a city’s ability to attract new business and maintain what the D.C. Policy Center calls “strong fiscal health.”

March 21, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Chart of the week: Mayor Bowser’s FY 2023 proposed budget

Mayor Bowser submitted her budget to the D.C. Council on Wednesday, March 16 and the budget tables show that the proposed FY 2023 budget (local portion only), set at nearly $10.7 billion, grew by 10 percent from the revised FY 2022 budget. Recurring revenue (money from taxes, non-tax revenue, and the lottery) is at $9.5 billion, showing a growth of 4 percent from FY 2022’s projected revenues. The budget is balanced by $1.2 billion of non-recurring, one-time resources which include the city’s savings from previous years (including the surplus from FY 2021) and federal fiscal aid. 

March 18, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C.’s Moving Target: Prince George’s County is steadily absorbing movers from D.C. | Washington Business Journal

Overall, the D.C. Policy Center has found that domestic in-migration into the nation’s capital in particular had turned negative in 2019, remaining that way through the pandemic. For every resident who moved into D.C. from the nearby suburbs in recent years, two moved out, and household formation markedly slowed, according to the center.

March 18, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Breakfast links: How DC’s population has changed in the COVID era | Greater Greater Washington

Educated young adults have left DC at historic levels during the pandemic and are no longer moving to the District at the rate of years past. DC also lost workers in key industries, particularly those with more remote-eligible jobs.

March 18, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Demographic shifts in the District of Columbia following the COVID-19 pandemic

Even prior to the pandemic, the District was experiencing decelerating population growth, particularly among the young, educated adults who have traditionally driven growth in the city. Now, the ability to telework may be driving some workers out, particularly those that are well-educated and aged 25 to 34. While it is uncertain whether these moves are temporary or permanent, maintaining and retaining a net inflow of young adult workers is crucial to any city’s ability to attract new businesses, as well as ensure strong fiscal health.

March 15, 2022 | Bailey McConnell

Chart of the week: Are D.C.’s 25-34 year olds leaving the District because of pandemic telework? 

With the rise of teleworking and shifting preferences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the District of Columbia finds itself at greater risk of losing its young professional population. In the first year of the pandemic, the largest population group that left the District was young adults. Of the residents who moved out of the District in 2020, 54 percent were aged 25 to 34 (margin of error: 0.5 percent).

March 11, 2022 | Bailey McConnell

State of D.C. Schools, 2020-21

State of D.C. Schools is an annual systemwide overview of public education in the District of Columbia. The report’s main purpose is to give D.C. residents, parents, caregivers, policymakers, and other stakeholders a snapshot of the overall performance of the District’s public schools. This report captures school year 2020-21 and how it continued to be impacted by COVID-19, with most students learning virtually for the entire school year. It also provides an update on 2021-22, when in-person learning resumed with the Herculean tasks of keeping students and teachers safe while making up for the unfinished learning from previous pandemic years.

March 10, 2022 | Chelsea Coffin, Julie Rubin

District Links: New research initiative eyes DC’s competitiveness in post-COVID economy | The DC Line

On March 8, 2022, D.C. Policy Center’s launch of the Alice M. Rivlin Initiative for Economic Policy & Competitiveness, was covered by The DC Line: A new research project — named in honor of the late economist and DC advocate Alice Rivlin — will delve into the District’s competitive standing and ways to attract…

March 8, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. struggled to compete before the pandemic. A new research group is studying how Covid changed that. | Washington Business Journal

The D.C. Policy Center is launching a major effort to study the District’s economic competitiveness and just how much the pandemic has moved that needle.

The new project — to be called the Alice M. Rivlin Initiative for Economic Policy & Competitiveness, in honor of the late D.C. economist — will study both D.C.’s economic policies and the effects of Covid-19, with an eye toward achieving more inclusive economic growth.

March 8, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

The D.C. Policy Center Launches the Alice M. Rivlin Initiative for Economic Policy & Competitiveness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2022  WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, the D.C. Policy Center announced the launch of the Alice M. Rivlin Initiative for Economic Policy & Competitiveness. The Rivlin Initiative will undertake comprehensive research examining the District of Columbia’s competitiveness and explore policies that can make the city more attractive and…

March 8, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony for Performance Oversight Hearing: Committee of the Whole – Education Agencies

Likely because of the economic impacts of the pandemic, there was an increase in the percentage of students designated as at-risk to 45 percent, two percentage points higher than the previous year (see Figure 1). This was mostly driven by an increase in the number of students who were eligible for SNAP – the numbers of students in foster care, experiencing homelessness, or overage decreased.

March 2, 2022 | Chelsea Coffin

Chart of the week: The pandemic’s toll on employment in the city and resident employment

The pandemic has had a chilling effect on both resident employment and private sector employment in D.C. In the first few months of the pandemic, 37,413 D.C. residents lost their jobs. Since then, we have gained back 26,633 jobs (through December 2021), but we are still behind by nearly 11,000 jobs. Private sector jobs in the city—regardless of the residency of the employee—took a bigger hit. We lost 85,700 private sector jobs and made up for less than half of it. We are still missing 47,700 jobs.

February 25, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Chart of the week: In-person learning in the 2020-21 school year

DCPS and public charter schools returned to full-time in-person learning in August 2021, which was a huge shift from the previous school year. At the start of school year 2020-21, 99 percent of students were learning virtually for five days a week, followed by a gradual re-introduction to in-person learning for some students according to D.C. School Report Card data.

February 18, 2022 | Chelsea Coffin, Julie Rubin

State Board of Education testimony on COVID recovery data collection

One of the biggest changes in school year 2020-21 was that there was likely less instructional time and less content covered. At the start of the school year, 99 percent of students were learning virtually for five days a week (many with one day of asynchronous learning), and 79 percent of students were still doing so by the year’s end.

February 16, 2022 | Chelsea Coffin

Chart of the week: Three percent of businesses migrated out of D.C. in response to the pandemic

We used United States Postal Service data to examine how business move patterns have changed in the post-pandemic era. These data show that business establishments were quick to respond to the pandemic: The net domestic outmigration of business establishments (address changes out of D.C. minus address changes into D.C.) within the first three months of the pandemic (March, April, and May of 2020) was about 3 percent of all private sector business establishments in D.C. at that time.

February 11, 2022 | Yesim Sayin

D.C. Council testimony on Bill 24-301, the “Business and Entrepreneurship Support to Thrive (BEST) Amendment Act of 2021”

The BEST Amendment Act would greatly simplify the steps businesses will need to take in order to obtain the licenses necessary to operate a business in the District of Columbia. There are costs to today’s complicated system, which may be impairing entrepreneurial success without any discernible public benefits. This reform is much needed to improve business conditions in the District.

February 7, 2022 | Yesim Sayin

Anacostia Reshaped: The D.C. neighborhood is facing unprecedented change through a series of development projects inside and outside its borders | Washington Business Journal

“A walk down Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE from Good Hope Road toward Morris Road reveals cranes and a string of rising projects, adding to what has long been the area’s quirkiest landmark, an oversized chair…But even amid those plans, not nearly enough has changed. The area median income in Anacostia’s northwest portion is $35,750, sliding down to $17,159 in its eastern sections. It’s still designated a food desert, according to the D.C. Policy Center. More than half of area residents have no access to a car.”

February 4, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Charts of the week: Public school enrollment for older students grew slightly, while elementary and pre-kindergarten declined

Newly released audited enrollment data for the District’s public schools (both DCPS and public charter) for school year 2021-22 show that enrollment stands at 94,532 students: almost the same as last year. Enrollment in high school is up by 7 percent, while adult learner enrollment rebounded from last year’s dip, growing by 8 percent. Enrollment in early grades (pre-kindergarten and elementary) declined, continuing last year’s trend.

February 4, 2022 | Chelsea Coffin

Corporate naming raises concerns in D.C. | Axios DC

D.C. Policy Center executive director Yesim Sayin Taylor tells Axios that because the pandemic pushed workers away from downtown and out of D.C., new businesses are more important now than ever.

February 3, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Commas, capitalization, and colors: The D.C. Policy Center in-house style guide

Organizations and publications from the Associated Press to the University of Oxford use style guides to standardize writing, formatting, and design, providing consistency for their readers. Some style guides can become a point of local pride. Like many organizations, the D.C. Policy Center adheres for the most part to AP Style, but maintains an extensive addendum that fills in for things AP Style does not cover, or in other cases, overrules AP Style.

February 1, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

Chart of the week: The tepid monthly employment numbers in D.C. hide the great churn

D.C. employment has not grown in recent months. However, this is not because of lack of job openings. In fact, we are experiencing a historically high level of job openings with an average of 41,000 job openings per month between June and November 2021—that is more than 5 percent of total employment in D.C.. But employment is not growing because employers are slower at hiring new employees, and more people are leaving their jobs at rates faster than we have ever observed.

January 28, 2022 | Yesim Sayin, Bailey McConnell

Bowser Calls For Eminent Domain To Bring 55K SF Grocery Store To Ward 7 | Bisnow

Approximately 82% of the city’s food deserts — areas where residents have low rates of car access, a high poverty rate and are located more than half a mile from a grocery store or supermarket—occur in Wards 7 and 8, and that trend has persisted for decades, according to research by the D.C. Policy Center.

January 27, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

A new regional playing field: How can D.C. stay economically competitive with its suburban neighbors?

The District’s competitive position within the region has weakened in the past few years. As regional policies and dynamics has changed, the flow of people, businesses, and jobs has changed as well. The region’s suburbs have increased in importance as competing destinations, and this trend has only been amplified by the pandemic. Now, to reset the District’s economic growth trajectory, new approaches to policy may be required.

January 27, 2022 | Bailey McConnell, Yesim Sayin

TOPA Has Tanked D.C.’s Multifamily Sales Market | Bisnow

Yesim Sayin Taylor, executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, said the city should consider how it wants TOPA to influence its affordable housing priorities. She said a shortened timeline or even waiver of the TOPA process for housing operators with a commitment to affordability should be on the table as the city moves out of the pandemic.

January 25, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Council testimony on school budget bills 24-570 and 24-571

Bill 24-571, “The Schools Full Budgeting Amendment Act of 2021” aims to prove schools budget stability by ensuring that schools will have at least the same budget as they got in the previous year unless the school loses a grade level, is poised for closure or must absorb students from a school poised for closure, or there is a systemwide shock that reduces total DCPS formula funding by more than 5 percent.

January 20, 2022 | Yesim Sayin

5 things we can achieve together with a new playbook | Washington Business Journal

Yet, according to the Brookings Metro Monitor 2021 report, Greater Washington ranks 51st among 53 large metro areas for racial inclusion, or the gap between the white population and people of color on key poverty indicators. In addition, the DC Policy Center found that even when District-born and raised youth find jobs, they are likely to be in low-paying occupations with little opportunity for economic mobility.

January 3, 2022 | D.C. Policy Center

State Board of Education testimony on SR20-11: Resolution on Improving the STAR Framework

On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin testified at the public meeting of the D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) on SR20-11: State Board of Education Resolution On Improving the School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework.

December 15, 2021 | Chelsea Coffin

The American Addiction to Speeding | Slate

Some civil rights advocates oppose automated enforcement on the grounds that even race-blind cameras are used to scale up America’s traditions of revenue-driven and racist policing. In D.C., for example, researchers found that drivers in segregated Black neighborhoods received 17 times as many camera tickets per capita as their counterparts in white neighborhoods. Black Washingtonians are indeed more likely to live near high-speed arterials where drivers (including white suburbanites) go very fast, but the disparity suggests the cameras aren’t improving driver safety so much as raising money.

December 15, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: Using information on early career outcomes

Survey data suggest that students with access during high school to career supports such as connections to employers, exposure to careers, and professional counseling tend to earn wages 20 percent higher than their peers—and such access could have lasting impacts. In this latest installment in our D.C. Voices series, we hear directly from students and counselors about the implications better early career outcomes data could have as students make their postsecondary education and career choices.

December 15, 2021 | Julie Rubin

‘At-risk’ D.C. students to get priority in pre-K lottery | Washington Post

A 2020 study conducted by the D.C. Policy Center found that prioritizing at-risk students had the potential to improve their chance “to match at a school they have ranked and to increase socioeconomic diversity, especially at a subset of schools that serve low percentages of students who are at-risk.” The study said sibling preference preserved schools’ preexisting demographics by making it harder for students without siblings at a school to get in.

December 11, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

The Federal Government Is Embracing Telework. Can D.C.’s Economy Survive It? | DCist

Increasingly, it looks like office owners downtown need to start considering a range of possibilities for their buildings, according to the D.C. Policy Center. Office vacancies were already rising before the pandemic, says a recent report from the think tank, and neighborhoods with a combination of commercial and residential space proved to be more resilient during the crisis.

December 9, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

“The Perfect Tax”: Land Value Taxation and the Housing Crisis | Brown Political Review

An example from the D.C. Policy Center is informative: The owner of a single-family home can increase the value of the property by replacing the single-family home with a duplex or triplex while still paying the same in taxes under a system of land value taxation, reducing the average tax burden per unit. In contrast, under the standard property tax regime, this increased densification would result in a higher property tax burden due to the increased value of the property, and the landowner may decide not to undertake this improvement.

December 3, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Breakfast links: Purple Line construction is affecting small businesses. A proposed grant program could help. | Greater Greater Washington

Mixed use neighborhoods with a heavy office presence have proved more resilient to the effects of the pandemic than office-heavy downtown areas, which have been seeing more vacancies.  (Bailey McConnell / DC Policy Center)

December 1, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Enrollment In D.C. Public Schools Drops For Second Year In A Row | DCist

Most students who left their schools at the end of last year did not transfer to another campus within the city but moved out of the District entirely, according to city officials. It is hard to pinpoint exactly how many of those departures are because of the pandemic. Chelsea Coffin, who directs education research at the D.C. Policy Center, said birth rates in the District have declined since 2016, a possible indicator that fewer students can be expected to enroll in school.

December 1, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

District Links: DC reaches 200 homicides for first time since 2003; Metrobus to offer all-door boarding next year; and more | The DC Line

A new report from the D.C. Policy Center asks whether mixed-use projects represent downtown’s future. Senior research analyst Bailey McConnell notes that areas replete with mixed-use development have proved more resilient to the economic impact of the pandemic.

November 23, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Is mixed-use the future of downtown D.C.?

Introduction The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a lot of speculation about the future of cities, but many agree that cities, and especially downtowns, will experience some changes in use as people alter how and where they live and work.[1] At the onset of the pandemic, economic activity in…

November 23, 2021 | Bailey McConnell

With infrastructure windfall possible, D.C. can avoid mistakes of the past | Washington Informer

In 1867, the federal government purchased a 375-acre site in Anacostia for the settlement of African Americans after the Civil War. In 1941, the government seized a 34-acre section of the community’s land to build Barry Farm Dwellings, a public housing development for African Americans, per a report from the D.C. Policy Center.

November 21, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Metro derailment brings transit equity issues to light | StreetSense

Right now, many Black D.C. residents cannot afford to live within walking or biking distance of their workplace.  Data from the D.C. Policy Center found that those who biked to work earned an average of $60,000 a year, while workers who took the bus earned an average of $32,000, the 2017 data found.

November 17, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Measuring early career outcomes in D.C.

Quick links Download this report in the original PDF format here. Access the 1-page report summary here. Access the launch event page and event program here. Chapter 1. The importance of tracking early career outcomes D.C.’s public schools, serving students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, strive to prepare students to succeed as young…

November 17, 2021 | Chelsea Coffin, Julie Rubin

District Links: Council hearing airs stark divisions over encampment pilot; new bill would keep DC’s mail-in ballots and drop boxes; and more | The DC Line

On November 10, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C. high school alumni reflections on their early career outcomes, was cited by The DC Line: DC Council hears testimony on effectiveness of pilot program on school security [WTOP] ‘Old news? 214-unit development proposed for former Fox 5 site on Wisconsin Avenue’ [UrbanTurf]…

November 10, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Oyé Palaver Hut Brings African Culture, Conflict Resolution East of the River | Washington Informer

Earlier this year, the D.C. Policy Center collected data showing that isolation and increased economic hardship during the pandemic further primed young people for socioemotional challenges. In anticipation of months of unresolved trauma spilling into the classroom, Yaa-Anna participated in workshops about trauma-informed instruction.

November 10, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. high school alumni reflections on their early career outcomes

Introduction Data exist on D.C.’s public and public charter school students’ high school graduation rates and student’s enrollment in postsecondary education six months after graduation. But beyond that six-month mark, in terms of publicly available data the picture goes dark: there is very little qualitative or quantitative information on early career outcomes…

November 10, 2021 | Emilia Calma

How feeder patterns influence school decisions in D.C.

Many of D.C.’s public school students change schools at some point between pre-kindergarten and grade 12, transferring into a different feeder pattern. At the final transition point, which is between 8th and 9th grade, the most popular school-to-school feeder pattern in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) system is Wilson High…

November 4, 2021 | Chelsea Coffin

Shifting landscape: A brief history of the fiscal relationship between the District of Columbia and the federal government

Executive summary It is a common myth that the District has always been dependent on a steady stream of reliable federal funding. This myth clouds the D.C. statehood debate.  The truth is that, going back to the 1790s, federal fiscal supports to the District are better characterized as erratic, unpredictable, and declining…

October 27, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. shouldn’t fear losing federal money as it pursues statehood, business-backed group argues | Washington Business Journal

“For most of its history, the District suffered from underinvestment that can, at least in part, be attributed to the lack of stable and proper fiscal supports from the federal government in several fields including education and infrastructure,” researchers with the D.C. Policy Center, which prepared the report alongside Statehood Research, wrote.

October 27, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Is anyone safe in DC crosswalks when one dangerous driver per minute passes by? | Greater Greater Washington

Incidents like these continue to occur across DC and are prevalent in every ward. A recent study by the DC Policy Center documented these incidents across the city. It also points out that many of these incidents have not been tracked. Upwards of 30% of incidents involving a pedestrian outside a vehicle that resulted in a 911 call were not actually logged by the Metropolitan Police Department.

October 26, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Gentrification Blamed for Food Insecurity in Wards 7, 8 | Washington Informer

The residents located in those areas have limited access to nutritious food, which leads to higher reliance on junk food and fast food, experts say. Additionally, food deserts are usually in low-income areas and communities of color, according to a Department of Agriculture study. Those neighborhoods also often report higher rates of obesity and diabetes, according to a study done by the D.C. Policy Center.

October 26, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

There’s a new push to incentivize office conversions in downtown D.C. But the idea still faces an uphill climb. | Washington Business Journal

Researchers at the D.C. Policy Center and D.C. Office of Planning have both argued in recent studies that the dearth of conversions often stems from a simple math problem: Even with declining vacancy rates, the shift to residential still may not generate high enough rents to justify the expense of making the switch. Owners of older, class B and C buildings are therefore much more likely to explore the prospect, and even then, owners in the suburbs have more incentive to convert than those in downtown D.C.

October 21, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Mayor Bowser Opens Applications for $1.25 Million Inclusive Innovation Equity Impact Fund | EOM

“Over the past couple of years City leadership has propelled the District to be ranked as the #11 startup ecosystem in the world. Moreover, according to the DC Policy Center annual data through Q4 2020 shows there was a 5 percent increase in total private establishments in the District between 2019 and 2020. Now is the time to ensure that the growth of businesses in DC is equitable for all,” said Melissa Bradley

October 20, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

DC programs connect job seekers and employers during national hiring struggles | StreetSense

“As of June 2021, nearly half the small businesses that operated in January of 2020 were closed, and revenue was down by about 57%,” according to a D.C. Policy Center report commissioned by the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. Those closures were concentrated in “consumer-facing industries” such as leisure and hospitality, where employment remained 35% below February 2020 levels. In contrast, the report found, employment in office-based jobs was only 3% below February 2020 levels.

October 20, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Yesim Sayin Taylor named to 2021 Power 100 | Washington Business Journal

How do you understand the effects of a once-in-a-generation pandemic on the local economy? You rely on Yesim Sayin-Taylor, who has spent the last year outlining Covid’s effects on businesses and workers, as well as the District’s own coffers. Her D.C. Policy Center has deepened its partnership with the D.C. Chamber of Commerce to produce regular reports on the region’s economy, while producing more research on topics like D.C. schools, affordable housing and traffic data.

October 18, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

The D.C. region’s transition to clean energy

In April, President Biden set a national greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 50-52 percent of 2005 emissions levels by 2030. Meeting this goal will require the U.S. electricity sector to source 80 percent of its generation from carbon-free energy sources by 2030, with President Biden setting a further target of 100…

October 14, 2021 | Evan Bennett, Geoffrey St. John

District Links: Robert White makes his mayoral bid official; new report delves into why DC families leave public schools; and more | The DC Line

“Parents who move their children from D.C. public schools to surrounding jurisdictions cite school quality and housing affordability as major contributing factors to leaving — but what makes a quality school varies widely by household, a new report out today by the D.C. Policy Center found. 

October 13, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Why some parents leave D.C. public schools | Axios D.C.

On October 13, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Exit & voice: Perceptions of the District’s public schools among stayers and Leavers, was cited by Axios D.C.: Parents who move their children from D.C. public schools to surrounding jurisdictions cite school quality and housing affordability as major contributing factors to leaving —…

October 13, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Morning links: Racine declines 2022 run | Axios D.C.

Parents who move their children from D.C. public schools to surrounding jurisdictions cite school quality and housing affordability as major contributing factors to leaving — but what makes a quality school varies widely by household, a new report out today by the D.C. Policy Center found. 

October 13, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Exit & Voice: Perceptions of the District’s public schools among stayers and leavers

Quick links Download this report in the original PDF format here. Access the 1-page report summary here. Download additional tables prepared with the survey data here in MS Excel format. View the launch event discussion recording here. Executive summary Enrollment in D.C.’s public schools had been steadily increasing since 2009 until the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted this…

October 13, 2021 | Chelsea Coffin, Yesim Sayin

Testimony on office to residential conversions before the D.C. Council Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery

Good morning, Councilmember Allen, Councilmember Gray, and the members of the Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery. My name is Yesim Sayin Taylor, and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center—an independent non-partisan think tank advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. I thank you for the…

October 12, 2021 | Yesim Sayin

D.C.’s Extended State Of Emergency Policies Adding Hurdles To Struggling Apartment Market | Bisnow

On October 9, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted by Bisnow: D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayim Taylor said the data shows the vast majority of eviction cases have involved nonpayment of rent.  “Landlords are not happy with the extension of eviction to all causes, they…

October 9, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Breakfast links: With dual trails and cyclist rush hours, the W&OD starts to look more like a (car-free) road | Greater Greater Washington

On October 8, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Examining office to residential conversions in the District, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: A housing shortage and recent pandemic-driven changes in work patterns mean the District seems to have too much office space, and too little residential. But office to home conversions…

October 8, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Less than 25 percent of office workers have returned to downtown D.C., new report says | Washington Post

On October 8, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Examining office to residential conversions in the District, was cited by the Washington Post: The D.C. Policy Center came out with its own study Thursday focused on the potential of turning office buildings downtown into residential space. It painted those conversions as an answer to…

October 8, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Breakfast links: DC’s pedestrian crash data has a huge missing piece | Greater Greater Washington

On October 7, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Observed disparities between 911 calls and crash reports, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: A study by the DC Policy Center found that nearly a third of crashes involving pedestrians, cyclists, and scooter riders go unlogged in DC crash data. Police say they…

October 7, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

MPD crash data is incomplete, study finds | Axios DC

On October 7, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Observed disparities between 911 calls and crash reports, was cited by Axios DC: A third of crashes during a six-week period where a driver hit a cyclist or a pedestrian was not publicly reported by police, a new report by the D.C. Policy Center found….

October 7, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

District Links: City resumes encampment clearing in NoMa; Supreme Court rejects DC voting rights lawsuit; and more | The DC Line

On October 7, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Observed disparities between 911 calls and crash reports, was cited by The DC Line: A new analysis out today from the D.C. Policy Center finds that Metropolitan Police Department’s crash data is incomplete but nonetheless provides the basis for safety decisions by the District Department of Transportation. “While…

October 7, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Examining office to residential conversions in the District

Employment centers in the District of Columbia have long been a source of economic activity and city revenue. Office buildings not only bring in businesses that pay corporate franchise taxes, but they also bring in workers, create employment for those who staff these buildings, and support surrounding retail and restaurants. The historically…

October 7, 2021 | Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia, Yesim Sayin

A new accessible medical center opens in Ward 8, DC | StreetSense

On October 6, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Pushing through complacency to fight health disparities in D.C.’s African American communities, was cited by StreetSense: Opening the medical center east of the Anacostia River was done strategically, according to Bread for the City’s press release. Access to quality healthcare has been a…

October 6, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Study says nearly 1/3 of crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists go unreported in DC | WTOP

On October 6, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Observed disparities between 911 calls and crash reports, was cited by WTOP: You wouldn’t necessarily expect every single car accident to get a police report after the fact, even if an ambulance is sent out to respond to the scene as a precaution….

October 6, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Observed disparities between 911 calls and crash reports

In D.C., the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is responsible for planning and building the city’s transportation infrastructure, including where bicycle lanes, crosswalks, and safety features are installed. When making decisions about public infrastructure investments, DDOT relies on public crash data provided by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to understand where crashes happen in…

October 5, 2021 | Emilia Calma, Charlotte Jackson

2021 State of Business: What risks and opportunities exist as the District builds back from COVID-19?

Over the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented burdens on the District’s residents, establishments, and economy. As businesses were forced to adjust to a new way of operating under a rapid shutdown of the city and the nation, the pandemic induced a historic spike in unemployment, with…

October 4, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

2021 State of Business Report: Building Back

Photo/Joe Flood (Source) Message from the Chamber One of the nation’s most resilient regions, Washington, DC, like the country itself, experienced unprecedented changes in its economy, workforce, and business community during the COVID-19 pandemic.    The 2021 State of Business Report provides both data and analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on…

October 4, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

The Pandemic Hit Cities Hard, but Especially Washington, D.C. | Wall Street Journal

On September 27, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Births and international in-migration maintain the District’s population 15-year population growth, was cited by the Wall Street Journal: People are pushing farther out. Stafford and Loudoun counties in Virginia and Frederick County in Maryland saw the strongest area population growth rates, almost 2%, as well…

September 27, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

11 charter schools in DC will give admissions preference to at-risk students | WTOP

On September 18, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin was cited by WTOP: During a public hearing in July 2020, before the law was passed, Chelsea Coffin, the director of the Education Initiative of D.C. Policy Center, testified before the city council on the report the center published on…

September 18, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Eleven D.C. Charter Schools To Give Admissions Preference To At-Risk Students | DCist

On September 17, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, At-risk priority in D.C.’s common lottery: Potential implications for access and diversity, was cited by DCist: In an analysis published last year, the D.C. Policy Center determined that a new at-risk preference would likely accomplish those goals. “Implementing a priority for at-risk applicants…

September 17, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

The District’s business incentives should target its comparative advantages

Introduction Over the last four decades, deindustrialization, automation, trade with China, the rise of the tech economy, and industry concentration have all contributed to the country’s regional divergence in economic prosperity. A 2019 Brookings report found that 90 percent of growth in high-tech jobs happened in just five metropolitan areas–Boston, San Francisco,…

September 15, 2021 | Abraham Song

How The Rise Of Post-9/11 Defense Contracting Helped Reshape Local Neighborhoods | DCist

On September 10, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, How big of a deal is Amazon HQ2 for the DC Metro Region?, was cited by DCist: Economist Yesim Sayin Taylor with the D.C. Policy Center wrote in a 2018 paper that Amazon would likely be “an unimpressive flare in the region’s chronic housing crisis,”…

September 10, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Friendship PCS Blow Pierce Campus Maintains Ties with Parents During In-Person Learning | Washington Informer

On September 8, 2021, D.C. Policy Center’s article, Challenges outside of school for D.C.’s students and families during the pandemic, was cited by the Washington Informer: A report published by the D.C. Policy Center in March found that District children who stayed home during the pandemic experienced social isolation, anxiety and depression. As adults…

September 8, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Washington, D.C. Is Planning an Unnecessary and Harmful Wealth Tax | Citizens Against Government Waste

On August 25, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The long view for the District’s budget: What is awaiting the District in Fiscal Year 2022 and beyond, was quoted by Citizens Against Government Waste: Both policy analysts on the right and left agree that the city has enough money and will continue…

August 25, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Temperatures in D.C.’s Heat Islands, Can Register Ten to Twenty Degrees Hotter Than in Leafy Neighborhoods | Washington City Paper

On August 19, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Discriminatory housing practices in the District: A brief history by Kathryn Zickuhr, was cited by Washington City Paper: “[G]overnment regulations and recommendations at every level of government sought to keep Black and white residents separated, subsidizing construction, loans, and housing for white residents…

August 19, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Goodbye, Chocolate City | Washington Post

On August 14, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, How the region’s racial and ethnic demographics have changed since 1970, was cited by the Washington Post: White people, who didn’t face labor market discrimination or the legacy of slavery, got there first. But plenty of Black people wanted houses with yards and…

August 14, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Property Taxes And Pot In Col., VAT In Texas: SALT In Review | Law360

On August 13, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, What is happening to the District’s personal income tax base?, was cited by Law360: The D.C. Policy Center is among the most influential think tanks in the nation’s capital. The center conducts excellent research and analysis on a wide variety of public policy…

August 13, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

How rising property taxes are disproportionately impacting low-income, gentrified neighborhoods | WUSA9

On August 13, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The rise and demise of racially restrictive covenants in Bloomingdale, was cited by WUSA9: Much of what shaped these Black neighborhoods was the result of racially restrictive covenants throughout the mid-20th century that banned Black people from buying property in White neighborhoods forcing…

August 13, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Developer duo tackles mixed-use project from the ground up in Deanwood | Washington Business Journal

On August 6, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Food access in D.C is deeply connected to poverty and transportation, was cited by the Washington Business Journal: The grocery store is a necessity for her neighbors, too. The D.C. Policy Center, a research group launched years ago by the Federal City Council,…

August 6, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. public schools’ plans for instruction in school year 2020-21

In October 2020, all 67 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in the District submitted their Continuous Education and School Recovery Plans (CEPs), providing information on what changes they were aiming to implement during school year 2020-21 to best serve their students. The plans were mandated by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)…

July 27, 2021 | Tanaz Meghjani

The declining importance of commute times

Housing prices—especially the price of single-family homes—in the Washington metro region have increased rapidly since COVID-related restrictions were first implemented in March of 2020. The House Price Index (data, methodology) compiled by Federal Housing Finance Agency, shows that single-family home prices (including the appraised values for both purchased and refinanced homes) in the…

July 23, 2021 | Yesim Sayin

Who is providing COVID-19 care in the Washington Metropolitan Area?

Since March 2020, over 33 million people have contracted COVID-19 in the United States.[1] Compared to the national average and many other large metropolitan areas, D.C. fared relatively well, with a case rate of 6,996 per 100,000 people, compared to the national average of 10,140 per 100,000 people.[2],[3] While many elements contributed to D.C….

July 21, 2021 | Igor Geyn, Molloy Sheehan

What is happening to the District’s personal income tax base?

The D.C. Council is considering various proposals to increase income taxes on high-income earners. Supporters argue that a tax hike is necessary to meet needs like childcare and reducing homelessness. But paying for a good cause and public support for higher taxes are only tangentially related to what constitutes good tax policy.

July 19, 2021 | Yesim Sayin

D.C. Voices: Social studies standards in D.C.’s public schools

In July 2020, the District of Columbia State Board of Education (DC SBOE), in partnership with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), created the Social Studies Standards Advisory Committee to review and update the District’s social studies curriculum. These standards were last revised in 2006. The goal of this…

July 14, 2021 | Ava Lundell

Landscape of student engagement during the pandemic

One year after schools physically closed on March 16, 2020,[1] an estimated 88 percent of students in the District of Columbia were still learning from home[2], as most programs for students in kindergarten to grade 12 remained virtual through the end of the fall 2020 semester and start of the spring 2021…

July 6, 2021 | Yanesia Norris

Births and international in-migration maintain the District’s population 15-year population growth

The U.S. Census Bureau’s recently-released estimates of components of population changes (April 2010 to July 2020) show that the District’s population total rose to 712,816 between 2019 and 2020—a gain 4,563 new residents. This gain is approximately a third of the average annual change seen in the first half of this decade….

June 24, 2021 | Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia

D.C. Voices: Professional development for teachers in summer 2021

In focus groups conducted by the D.C. Policy Center in August 2020, some teachers reported that when D.C.’s public and public charter schools transitioned to distance learning in March, they didn’t have the tools they needed to design and deliver virtual lesson plans. They didn’t know how to best engage students in…

June 24, 2021 | Tanaz Meghjani

D.C. statehood could cost more than $1 billion. City officials aren’t fazed. | Washington Post

On June 4, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Dr. Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted by The Washington Post: Some analysts said statehood could bring other financial opportunities as well. If the District had voting representation in Congress, lawmakers could lobby more effectively for federal grant funding available to all states, said…

June 4, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Education testimony by Chelsea Coffin at the FY2022 D.C. Council budget oversight hearing

On June 3, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin testified at the Committee of the Whole Public Oversight Hearing on education, addressing what the budget means for students who are designated at-risk. You can read her testimony below or download a PDF version here.  Good morning, Chairman Mendelson…

June 3, 2021 | Chelsea Coffin

This bill would create a new tool for DC to expand its dedicated affordable housing stock | Greater Greater Washington

On June 1, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center was mentioned by Greater Greater Washington: There’s no cost estimate yet for the program, but White expects cost estimates to be “very compelling.” He said they are working with the DC Policy Center to estimate how much funding the program would need and how…

June 1, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: Spending federal ESSER funds

To help schools and students cope with the extreme challenges created by COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Education awarded three rounds of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. These grants were given to states to assist schools and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on elementary…

May 27, 2021 | Chelsea Coffin, Ashley Zheng

Testimony at Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery & Committee of the Whole Joint Public Oversight Hearing

On May 26, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin testified at the Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery & Committee of the Whole Joint Public Oversight Hearing, addressing learning gaps and ensuring that students’ mental and physical health needs are met. You can read her testimony below or…

May 26, 2021 | Chelsea Coffin

Testimony of Yesim Sayin on tax policy through a racial equity lens

Good morning, Councilmember McDuffie, and the members of the Committee on Business and Economic Development My name is Yesim Sayin Taylor, and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center—an independent non-partisan think tank advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. I thank you…

May 25, 2021 | Yesim Sayin

He was denied an SBA grant. But the gated community nearby would qualify. | Triad Business Journal

On May 21, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Dr. Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the Triad Business Journal: But that can cause issues, according to Yesim Taylor, head of the D.C. Policy Center, who noted that these maps are based off census tracts. Read more: He was denied an SBA…

May 21, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony of Yesim Sayin on transitioning out of the public health emergency

On May 21, 2021, D.C. Policy Center’s Executive Director Yesim Sayin testified before the Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery to share ideas on how the District can gradually transition out of the public emergency and wind down safety net supports in the least disruptive ways. You can read her testimony below…

May 21, 2021 | Yesim Sayin

The long view for the District’s budget: What is awaiting the District in Fiscal Year 2022 and beyond

COVID-19 related federal legislation and administrative actions have provided an unprecedented amount of federal funding for the District of Columbia. The American Rescue Plan Act alone—the latest in a series of federal legislative initiatives—is delivering the District $2.2 billion in operating expenditure support, $107 million for COVID-19 related capital expenditures, $386 million…

May 13, 2021 | Yesim Sayin

Outcomes for high school students during the pandemic

High school students in D.C. have been especially impacted by the pandemic. In an EmpowerK12 survey of 2,500 public charter school students, high schoolers’ responses indicated that they were the least confident in their ability to succeed during distance learning compared to students in other grade bands.[i] Although some have thrived in…

May 12, 2021 | Tanaz Meghjani

D.C. Voices: Summer 2021 programming to address learning loss and student well-being

For students at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), and many public charter schools, the 2020-21 school year will end on or around June 24, 2021.  After the academic year ends, many students will participate in summer programs to address reduced learning and socialization over the last year. In 2017, at least…

May 5, 2021 | Tanaz Meghjani

Report: While hundreds of businesses closed their doors due to COVID, new businesses were being formed | WUSA9

On May 5, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted by WUSA9: The D.C. Policy Center, a think-tank nonprofit, said hundreds of people like Bryan decided to open small, home-based businesses during the pandemic. In its 2020 report, it found that as hundreds of businesses were being wiped…

May 5, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C.’s adult learners during the pandemic: Results from a Fall 2020 survey

The disproportionate health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 health pandemic have been widely documented. In Washington, D.C., adult learners suddenly found themselves pivoting to virtual learning while simultaneously navigating heightened concerns about their employment, health, and housing. In May 2020, adult charter schools in D.C. conducted a survey of learners to…

May 4, 2021 | Ashley Simpson Baird, Jamie Fragale, Dwayne Smith

Voices Of Wards 7 And 8: Violence In The Community | DCist

On May 3, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Goodbye to Chocolate City, was cited by DCist: D.C. went by several names in the second half of the 20th century: Chocolate City for example, referred to the fact that D.C. was the country’s first majority Black city. While more white residents now call the…

May 3, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

‘D.C.’s richest residents pay lower taxes than everyone else,’ report finds | StreetSense

On April 29, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Tax practices that amplify racial inequities: Property tax treatment of owner-occupied housing, was cited by StreetSense: A 2018 report by the D.C. Policy Center stated that provisions such as the homestead deduction and property tax cap, which give large tax breaks to homeowners in gentrified…

April 29, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

How Cleveland Park’s historic district cost the neighborhood 42 homes in one project | Greater Greater Washington

On April 29, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The District’s population grows for the 14th year in a row, but at a weaker rate, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: The city’s population has grown over the last two decades, and is likely to continue to do so. Even if COVID…

April 29, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

The case for creating a local talent pipeline in the District of Columbia

The District of Columbia and the greater Washington metropolitan area have always been great places to live and work. High wages, high quality of life, and a stable hiring environment with a depth of talent has attracted workers from all parts of the nation and all corners of the world. Data from…

April 29, 2021 | Emilia Calma, Yesim Sayin

D.C.’s explosive growth continued over the past decade, census data shows | Washington Post

On April 26, 2021, D.C. Policy Center researcher Sunaina Kathpalia was quoted by the Washington Post: Sunaina Kathpalia, a demographics researcher at the D.C. Policy Center, said that the slowed population growth in the latter half of the decade is “not a sign of some kind of doom.” “It is part of…

April 27, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

How DC can reduce traffic deaths and make real progress on Vision Zero | Greater Greater Washington

On April 22, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Where it’s easiest to live car-free in D.C., was cited by Greater Greater Washington: The goals of safety and equity in transportation are aligned. Private vehicles are the most deadly form of transportation. The DC Policy Center has shown that areas where car-free living is…

April 22, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

How difficult will it be to make buildings in DC more energy efficient? It depends on the building. | Greater Greater Washington

On April 19, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: Multifamily affordable housing units are more difficult to find, as only 31% of the available housing units in the District were “potentially” affordable to families of four, according to a 2018 report…

April 19, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

The Miles to the Grocery Store Got Longer This Year | Slate

On April 9, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Food access in D.C is deeply connected to poverty and transportation, was cited by Slate: Researchers define a food desert in D.C. as an area where there is no full-service grocery store within a half-mile and where 40 percent of the households don’t have a…

April 9, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: Lessons learned after a year of virtual instruction

On March 24, 2020 – exactly one year ago – D.C. public schools and many public charter schools began their first day of distance learning. The D.C. Policy Center’s State of D.C. Schools report documents how students, parents, and teachers (representing the most directly impacted groups) experienced this transition to virtual instruction.[i]…

March 25, 2021 | Tanaz Meghjani, Chelsea Coffin

The establishment puzzle (and what it could mean for recovery) in the District of Columbia

The District has lost many jobs but added many businesses. Between September of 2019 and September of 2020, private sector employment in the District of Columbia declined by 12.6 percent (or 68,000 jobs lost), and wages earned in the third quarter of 2020 were 2.7 percent below where they were a year…

March 23, 2021 | Yesim Sayin

Testimony of Chelsea Coffin on pandemic distance learning at D.C. SBOE

On March 17, 2021, Chelsea Coffin, Director of the Education Policy Initiative, testified before the District’s State Board of Education (SBOE) regarding distance learning during the pandemic. You can read her testimony below, and download it as a PDF. Good evening, Members of the State Board of Education. My name is Chelsea…

March 17, 2021 | Chelsea Coffin

State of D.C. Schools, 2019-20

State of D.C. Schools, 2019-20 is an annual systemwide overview of education in the District of Columbia. Its main purpose is to give D.C. residents, parents, caregivers, and other stakeholders a snapshot of the overall performance of the District’s public schools.

March 16, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center
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‘School Wasn’t Even Important’: For Many Local Students, The Pandemic Has Meant A Mountain Of Adult Responsibilities | WAMU

On March 9, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Wilkes Scholar Yanesia Norris was quoted and cited by WAMU: Students who live in Ward 7 and 8, majority-Black parts of the city with large concentrations of low-income families and high numbers of frontline workers, are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus, according to an…

March 9, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Challenges outside of school for D.C.’s students and families during the pandemic

Health The health impacts of the pandemic have been concentrated among Black and Latino residents, likely related to unequal access to healthcare and essential work status across race and ethnicity lines, among other factors. As of February 15, 2021, residents of Wards 7 and 8 accounted for 28 percent of the District’s…

March 9, 2021 | Tanaz Meghjani, Chelsea Coffin

Testimony of Chelsea Coffin regarding education agencies at the D.C. Council oversight hearing

Good morning, Chairperson Mendelson and members of the Committee of the Whole. My name is Chelsea Coffin and I am the Director of the Education Policy Initiative at the D.C. Policy Center, where our education research focuses on how schools connect to broader dynamics in the District of Columbia. The pandemic put…

March 9, 2021 | Chelsea Coffin

Progressive Lawmakers Are Considering Raising Taxes On The Rich. Should They? | DCist

On March 2, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Dr. Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted by DCist: Yesim Sayin Taylor, the director of the D.C. Policy Center, another local think tank, says she understands the desire to identify new sources of revenue for social programs, calling the issues raised by Allen “terribly…

March 2, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

RESIDENCE RESISTANCE: Zoning remains at the crux, while real estate firms tackle the need with new aid | Washington Business Journal

On February 26, 2021, D.C Policy Center Executive Director Dr. Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the Washington Business Journal: The benefits of homeownership reverberate well past a domicile’s four walls. It doesn’t just produce wealth for current owners — it snowballs over time for future generations. It creates a pipeline for…

February 26, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C.’s Mayor Mourned Covid’s Unequal Toll. Her Sister Is the Latest Victim. | New York Times

On February 25, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Dr. Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the New York Times: Even if the disease strikes the overall population somewhat evenly, the risks of death are far less uniform, said Yesim Sayin Taylor, the executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, a research…

February 25, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

An amendment 4 years in the making, with massive implications for affordable housing in DC, to be voted on in March | StreetSense Media

On February 24, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, A decade of demographic change in D.C.: Which neighborhoods have changed the most?, was cited by StreetSense: Public worries about the plan’s focus and intentions stem from the negative effects of gentrification and Black and brown displacement in the city, particularly in the…

February 24, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

District Links: CFO Jeff DeWitt departing DC | The DC Line

On February 17, 2021, Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s interview with Washingtonian was cited by the DC Line: ► DC BUDGET – ‘DC has a surprise $552 million budget surplus despite Covid. What gives?’ Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins: “Though the covid pandemic has hammered the Washington region’s economy, the DC government finished its 2020 fiscal year…

February 18, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center
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Who could be D.C.’s next CFO? DeWitt’s departure sets stage for debate over city’s finances. | Washington Business Journal

On February 18, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the Washington Business Journal: Yesim Taylor, head of the D.C. Policy Center and before that a longtime staffer in the CFO’s office, believes Mendelson’s assessment is accurate, if for no other reason than the job is an…

February 18, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Inequalities in health care need and demand across the District

The public health emergency caused by COVID-19 has increased scrutiny on the District of Columbia’s health care system. Does D.C. have adequate health care workforce capacity to handle the health care need and health care demand of its residents during this pandemic? If not, what supply gaps exist, and what impact do…

February 17, 2021 | Molloy Sheehan, Igor Geyn

D.C. Faces A Startling Question: What If Office Workers Don’t Come Back? | DCist

On February 16, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, 2020 State of Business: Pivoting from Pandemic to Recovery was cited by DCist: The D.C. Policy Center, which is run by Yesim Taylor, a former staffer in the CFO’s office, summarized the risk to D.C. as follows in its 2020 State of Business Report:…

February 16, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

DC Has a Surprise $552 Million Budget Surplus Despite Covid. What Gives? | Washingtonian

On February 16, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by Washingtonian: Though the covid pandemic has hammered the Washington region’s economy, the DC government finished its 2020 fiscal year with a surplus of more than half a billion dollars. How is that possible? What does it say about about…

February 16, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

Economic characteristics across D.C., students, and COVID-19

Most students in the District of Columbia have been learning from home since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March of 2020. School closures have likely been more challenging for students living in low-income households than for those in higher income households – households in Wards 7 and 8 are less likely than…

February 11, 2021 | Yanesia Norris

The pandemic hasn’t devastated local budgets in the D.C. area, but risks remain | Washington Business Journal

On February 4, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the Washington Business Journal: Yesim Taylor, executive director of the D.C. Policy Center and a former staffer in the CFO’s office, observed that the typical formula for appraisers involves examining a building’s capitalization rate: essentially, the ratio…

February 4, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: School priorities for the District’s new research-practice partnership

What does a successful research-practice partnership look like? In 2018, the D.C. Council enacted legislation to create a research-practice partnership (RPP) in support of actionable, independent research for the District’s education sector. An education research-practice partnership is a collaborative engagement between researchers and education agencies that aims to identify paths for continued…

February 4, 2021 | Tanaz Meghjani, Chelsea Coffin

Insulated, Not Immune | Washington Business Journal

On February 4, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the Washington Business Journal: Yesim Taylor, executive director of the D.C. Policy Center and a former staffer in the CFO’s office, observed that the typical formula for appraisers involves examining a building’s capitalization rate: essentially, the ratio…

February 4, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

A potential inauguration threat showcased America’s housing crisis | Vox

On January 19, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Single-family zoning and neighborhood characteristics in the District of Columbia, was cited by Vox: Limited supply means greater competition for the housing that is available, and that competition benefits higher- and middle-income people. And local zoning regulations, which make it more difficult for…

January 19, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

After pandemic, inauguration was ‘make-or-break’ moment. But small businesses in D.C. fear the worst. | NBC

On January 19, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, 2020 State of Business Report: Pivoting from Pandemic to Recovery, was cited by NBC: The city has been hammered by political unrest over the last year as the pandemic closed stores and prohibited indoor dining, gutting some businesses. More than one-quarter of small…

January 19, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: Data suggest a decline in routine vaccinations during COVID-19

In D.C., students are required to receive certain vaccines to attend school,[1] a practice that increases community protections against potentially life-threatening diseases. However, data show that routine vaccination rates among kindergarteners in D.C. are declining, and had been even before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Between the 2009-10 and 2017-18 school years, the…

January 14, 2021 | Tanaz Meghjani

The District’s tax incentive strategy is unique

The District’s strategy for targeting industries, and the dollar value of incentives offered, is unique when compared to the tax incentive strategies of neighboring Baltimore, Maryland and Virginia Beach, Virginia, as well as other large cities around the country. The District’s incentive-granting strategy relies primarily on local property tax abatements. Since D.C….

January 11, 2021 | Abraham Song

D.C. Statehood Is More Urgent Than Ever | The Atlantic

On January 9, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Goodbye to Chocolate City, was cited by The Atlantic: Though the rapidly gentrifying District is now 46 percent Black and 46 percent white, many still see it as “Chocolate City.” Scaling back democratic protections for Black people has been a hallmark of this administration and…

January 9, 2021 | D.C. Policy Center

As D.C. Activists Push To Expand Rent Control, A Tool To Keep Track Of It Has Been Delayed For Years | DCist

On December 21, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s policy brief, How would the “Reclaim Rent Control” proposals change the District’s rental housing landscape?, was cited by DCist: In 2011, a study by the Urban Institute found that 79,145 units across 4,818 properties in D.C. were “potentially subject to rent control.” At a recent…

December 21, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Council Passes Bill Lowering Barriers To Employment For Residents With Criminal Records | DCist

On December 18, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The impact of occupational licensing requirements in D.C., was cited by DCist: Earlier this year, the District’s protections for criminal-record-holding citizens seeking occupational licenses received a C- grade in a nationwide report on licensing barriers from the Institute for Justice. According to a 2019 D.C. Policy Center…

December 18, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Detailed data show the full picture of jobs retained by PPP loans in the District

In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, on December 1, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released additional details regarding the loans received through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including recipient names as well as exact loan amounts. In contrast, the previous disclosure included only loan ranges for loans…

December 16, 2020 | Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia

Spike in new business formations signals post-Covid optimism, experts say | Washington Business Journal

On December 14, 2020, D.C. Policy Center executive director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by Washington Business Journal: Yesim Taylor, executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, said the trend in new business applications is the same nationwide, with a dramatic increase in the third quarter. But the D.C., Virginia and Maryland…

December 14, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: Transitioning to postsecondary school or the workforce during the pandemic

The public health and economic crises caused by COVID-19 have created additional challenges for students who are navigating the transition from high school to postsecondary school or to the workforce. High school seniors in spring 2020 found it difficult to visit schools, complete the necessary tests, apply for financial aid, and discuss…

December 3, 2020 | Tanaz Meghjani

LTE: Nearly one half of small businesses closed in Washington, D.C. due to COVID-19 | Washington Times

On December 2, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, How COVID-19 is affecting small businesses in D.C., was referenced in a letter-to-the-editor in the Washington Times: It is small business owners, especially, that do not have the resources or means to perpetually stay open in the midst of lockdowns. In D.C., this…

December 2, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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District Line Daily: Derailed | Washington City Paper

On December 1, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, New D.C. education data show how school choice plays out across wards, was cited by Washington City Paper: The cuts would come when there is a vaccine. (Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientific adviser for Operation Warp Speed, tells CNN it’s possible we reach herd immunity…

December 1, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Metro’s Proposed Cuts Are A ‘Punch In The Gut’ For Workers And The Local Economy | DCist

On December 1, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted by DCist: And while the pain will be felt across the Washington region, Yesim Sayin Taylor of the D.C. Policy Center says the District will feel it particularly acutely. D.C. has already seen its revenue depleted by hundreds…

December 1, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Omnibus legislation gets hearing with sharp divide between tenant advocates and housing providers | Street Sense

On November 23, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s policy brief, How would the “Reclaim Rent Control” proposals change the District’s rental housing landscape?, was cited by Street Sense: Yesim Sayin Taylor, executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, said that “there are currently 72,900 rent-controlled units in the District and if the Council enacts…

November 23, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Nonprofits, Already Strained, Are Bracing For Less Bountiful Holiday Season | DCist

On November 19, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, How COVID-19 is affecting nonprofits in the D.C. area, was cited by DCist: Before the pandemic, Rebuilding Together relied largely on volunteers — more than 1,000 each year — to do basic home repairs like fixing smoke alarms and installing safety grab bars…

November 19, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

District Links: Another deal to return teachers to classrooms falls apart… | The DC Line

On November 18, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, At-risk application patterns in D.C.’s common lottery, was cited by The DC Line: Families of at-risk students are less likely to participate in the school lottery and submit applications prior to the deadline, a new report from the D.C. Policy Center found. Even so, author Chelsea Coffin says, there…

November 18, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

At-risk application patterns in D.C.’s common lottery

The D.C. Council has passed legislation to allow (but not mandate) public charter schools to prioritize at-risk applicants in the common lottery. Charters could do so either by prioritizing an at-risk applicant pool over other student groups in the common lottery, or by reserving a certain share of their seats for at-risk…

November 18, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin

‘Keep the rent reasonable so I can pay it’ | DC tenants ask Council to strengthen rent control law | WUSA9

On November 9, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, How would the “Reclaim Rent Control” proposals change the District’s rental housing landscape?, was cited by WUSA9: According to the DC Policy Center, roughly 36% of the District’s rental units are rent controlled, which amounts to around 75,000 rent-controlled apartments in D.C. But laws…

November 12, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

A Proposal To Expand Rent Control In D.C. Gets A Contentious Hearing | DCist

On November 10, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, How would the “Reclaim Rent Control” proposals change the District’s rental housing landscape?, was cited by DCist: If the bill passes, it would immediately subject more than 13,000 housing units to rent stabilization, most in small buildings, according to a new report from the…

November 10, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

District Line Daily: “Reclaim Rent Control” Gets A Hearing | Washington City Paper

On November 9, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s policy brief, How would the “Reclaim Rent Control” proposals change the District’s rental housing landscape?, was cited by Washington City Paper: The D.C. Policy Center, a business-backed think tank, released a lengthy report on the bill ahead of hearing that could spook some councilmembers. The report…

November 9, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Appendix: How would the “Reclaim Rent Control” proposals change the District’s rental housing landscape?

Why are the numbers presented in the study estimates? Three sources of uncertainty make it difficult to know exactly how many units exist in multifamily buildings, and how many are subject to rent control. First, we do not have full administrative records on the number of units in multifamily apartment buildings and…

November 8, 2020 |

Part VI: What can the city do to keep rents low?

As renter incomes rise in the District, the upward pressure on rents in rental housing is becoming stronger. This could make policies proposed by the “Reclaim Rent Control” platform seem appropriate, since the immediate impact would be to put more units under rent control and slower rent increases. But the lower rents…

November 8, 2020 | Yesim Sayin

Part V: How would Bill 23-873 change the future of housing in D.C.?

The underlying tension in rent control policies is balancing the desire to stabilize rents for tenants against the need for the housing providers to a turn a reasonable profit from their operations. Unlike housing subsidies, which are paid for by public dollars, rent control laws try to split the economic value created…

November 8, 2020 |

Part IV: How would Bill 23-873 impact rents, valuations and tax revenue?

Many factors impact the trajectory of rents in a city including the increase in renter households relative to the number of available units, incomes, and the overall strength of the economy. In cities like the District, with relatively restrictive land use regulations, rent control laws could put a significant wedge between market…

November 8, 2020 |

Part III: How would Bill 23-873 impact the rent-controlled stock?

At present, the District has an estimated 113,281 rental apartment units in 4,767 taxable buildings. An estimated 72,878 units in 2,157 buildings are already subject to rent-control.[1] An estimated 31,980 units in 198 large buildings built after 1977 are currently exempt from rent control. But only 52 of these buildings are completely…

November 8, 2020 |

Part II: How would Bill 23-873 change rent control laws in D.C.?

Bill 23-873, the Rent Stabilization Program Reform and Expansion Amendment Act of 2020 would make comprehensive and sweeping changes to the current rent control laws, affecting every aspect including the universe of rent-controlled units, calculation and timing of rent increases including increases on vacant units, and various petition processes. Changes to exemptions…

November 8, 2020 |

Part I: What are the provisions of the District’s current rent control laws?

D.C.’s rent control laws, first enacted in 1985, are designed to stabilize rents for current tenants to protect them from rapid, unreasonable increases in their rents. While landlords can increase rents from year to year, these increases must be within established parameters and be predictable. Who is covered? The rent control laws…

November 8, 2020 | Yesim Sayin

Introduction: How would the “Reclaim Rent Control” proposals change the District’s rental housing landscape?

Rising rents in the District of Columbia, along with increased pressure on rental housing from higher income renters, have led to a debate on whether to expand rent control provisions in the city. In July of 2020, the D.C. Council voted to retain the city’s rent control laws (expiring at the end…

November 8, 2020 | Yesim Sayin

Testimony on B23-873, the Rent Stabilization Program Reform and Expansion Amendment Act of 2020

Good morning, Chairwoman Bonds and members of the Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization. My name is Yesim Sayin Taylor and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center, an independent, nonpartisan think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. I…

November 8, 2020 | Yesim Sayin

Executive Summary: How would the “Reclaim Rent Control” proposals change the District’s rental housing landscape?

The D.C. Council is considering six separate bills that would amend the District’s rent control laws. Among these six, B23-873, the Rent Stabilization Program Reform and Expansion Amendment Act of 2020, which reflects the policy proposals of the “Reclaim Rent Control” platform, offers the most comprehensive and sweeping changes, affecting every aspect…

November 8, 2020 | Yesim Sayin

Policy Brief: How would the “Reclaim Rent Control” proposals change the District’s rental housing landscape?

The D.C. Council is now considering at least six separate bills that would amend its rent control law. Among those six,  Bill 23-873, the Rent Stabilization Program Reform and Expansion Amendment Act of 2020, which is based on the various policy proposals from the “Reclaim Rent Control” platform, proposes the most comprehensive…

November 8, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony of Emilia Calma on the “Sense of the Council to Declare Racism A Public Health Crisis” (Resolution 23-0990)

Good evening, Chairman Gray and members of the Committee on Health. My name is Emilia Calma and I am the Director of Research and Policy for the D.C. Policy Center, an independent, nonpartisan think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. I thank…

November 5, 2020 | Emilia Calma

D.C. Voices: How can we safely and successfully transition to in-person learning?

As the District takes steps to identify what changes need to be made to safely and successfully transition back to in-person learning, the D.C. Policy Center reached out to school leaders, parents, teachers, and students to ask: In short term, what changes would make students, teachers, and staff feel safe attending school in person? What academic and socio-emotional supports would ensure student success? What about in the medium and long-term?

November 5, 2020 | Tanaz Meghjani, Chelsea Coffin

District Links: DCPS cancels plans for in-person instruction for some students next week; 95 voting centers open for Election Day; and more | The DC Line

On November 3, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, COVID-era health care workforce capacity in Washington, D.C., was cited by The DC Line: A new report from the D.C. Policy Center examines the District’s COIVD-era health care workforce, including the geographic distribution of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other health providers in the District. In…

November 3, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Food Banks and Nonprofits Face Dueling Crises During the Holidays | Washington City Paper

On November 3, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Food access in D.C is deeply connected to poverty and transportation, was cited by Washington City Paper: Food insecurity in the District long predates the pandemic. In 2019, 10.6 percent of adults and 19.3 percent of children were food insecure, and according to…

November 3, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

COVID-era health care workforce capacity in Washington, D.C.

While D.C. has been successful in keeping its COVID-19 viral reproductive number low, it has nonetheless consistently had 20-80 daily new cases since July. This low-level, ongoing crisis begs the question, what kinds of challenges does COVID-19 bring to bear on the District of Columbia? Is the District equipped with the physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other providers needed to meet this public health crisis? Does D.C. have adequate health care workforce capacity to handle the health care need and demand of its residents during the pandemic? What supply gaps exist, and what impacts do those gaps have on residents?

November 2, 2020 | Molloy Sheehan, Igor Geyn

Economic aftershocks: Even after the pandemic ends, its effects will linger across the D.C. region | Washington Business Journal

On October 30, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted by the Washington Business Journal: “We see this especially in D.C.,” said Yesim Sayin Taylor, executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, a business-focused research and policy group, regarding the pandemic’s disproportionate blows to lower-paid workers. “The impacts…

October 30, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Small Landlords In D.C. Worry Pandemic Will Force Them To Sell Their Property | DCist

On October 27, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Appraising the District’s rentals, was cited by DCist: Large, professionally managed apartment buildings are the most visible source of the city’s rental housing. But in the District, one third of rental stock exists in what’s called the “shadow” rental market, according to the…

October 27, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

The geography of environmental toxins in the District of Columbia

Living in a toxin-free environment is essential to people’s mental and physical health. Being exposed to chemicals from pollution in soil, air, and water has wide ranging health effects including acute asthma symptoms, hormone disruption, decreased mental ability, and cancer. A U.S. national environmental quality index determined that there are over 30…

October 15, 2020 | Emilia Calma
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D.C.’s Extended State Of Emergency Policies Adding Hurdles To Struggling Apartment Market | BisNow

On October 9, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by BisNow: D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayim Taylor said the data shows the vast majority of eviction cases have involved nonpayment of rent.  “Landlords are not happy with the extension of eviction to all causes, they…

October 9, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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D.C.’s speed camera revenue has dropped significantly as a result of Covid-19 | Washington Business Journal

On October 7, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s Executive Director, Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted by the Washington Business Journal: That most likely reflects the District’s assumptions about how long it will take for some people to return to work at their traditional offices, said Yesim Taylor, executive director at the D.C….

October 7, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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PPP Money Abounded—but Some Got It Faster Than Others | Wall Street Journal

On October 6, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s Executive Director, Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted by the Wall Street Journal: Already, the unemployment rate in Washington’s Wards 7 and 8, the areas east of the Anacostia, surged to 14.2% and 18.4% in August, respectively, compared with 9.3% and 12.5% a year earlier, according to D.C. government data. In Ward 2, which includes the city’s central business district, the August jobless rate was 4.7%, compared with 3.8% a year earlier. “I’m very concerned about businesses closing,“ said Yesim Sayin Taylor, founding executive…

October 6, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Road to recovery: What we have learned from other cities’ and states’ responses to COVID-19

Introduction October marks the seventh month of closures and job losses due to COVID-19. To combat the health and economic impacts of the pandemic, many jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia, have implemented emergency measures; adopted short-term policies to cushion the initial shocks, and are now looking for longer-term policies to aid…

October 6, 2020 | Emilia Calma, Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia
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A lack of commuters is crippling D.C.’s economy. So the D.C. Chamber is focusing on how to bring people back | Washington Business Journal

On October 2, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s 2020 State of Business Report: Pivoting from Pandemic to Recovery, was cited by the Washington Business Journal: While every part of the region has been touched by the crisis, the chamber’s annual “State of Business” report documented especially dire effects in D.C. driven by…

October 2, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

2020 State of Business Report: Pivoting from Pandemic to Recovery

The pandemic-induced recession has put an unprecedented pressure on the District’s economy. Precautions taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 have closed businesses and schools, reduced travel and mobility, and put thousands out of work. With the dramatic decline in demand from consumers, and halted business operations, the nation swiftly fell into a recession at the end of February.

October 2, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

The impact of COVID-19 on D.C.’s adult learners: Results from a Spring 2020 survey

Washington, D.C. is one of the highest-earning, most educated cities in the country, yet almost 20 percent of families with children under 18 live below the poverty line and 45,000 adult residents do not have a high school diploma. Adult-serving public charter schools in D.C. reduce these disparities by working with adult learners to put them on a path toward economic prosperity.

September 30, 2020 | Ashley Simpson Baird
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Pandemic hit less than feared in 2020, but will hurt D.C. budget next year more than originally forecast | Washington Post

On September 30, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the Washington Post: At the more moderate D.C. Policy Center, executive director Yesim Taylor argued for across-the-board cuts that would reduce each agency’s budget by perhaps 2.5 percent, rather than tax increases. “The benefit of cutting spending…

September 30, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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District Links: New bleak revenue projections to force budget changes | The DC Line

On September 30, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the DC Line: The new projections will force changes to the 2021 budget, either in the form of spending cuts or revenue increases. Although the surplus for 2020 is roughly equivalent to the newly identified revenue shortfall…

September 30, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony of Yesim Sayin on the Tax Revision Commission Reestablishment Amendment Act of 2019

Good morning, Chairman Mendelson and members of the Committee of the Whole. My name is Yesim Sayin Taylor and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center, an independent, nonpartisan think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. I thank you…

September 29, 2020 | Yesim Sayin
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As Many Public Schools Fight to Retain Students Amid Pandemic, Washington, D.C.’s Charters Are Closer to Meeting Fall Enrollment Projections Than DCPS’s Traditional Schools | The 74 Million

On September 27, 2020, the Director of the D.C. Policy Center’s Education Policy Initiative, Chelsea Coffin, was quoted by The 74 Million: “It’s critical to find out who those students might be,“ said Chelsea Coffin, director of the Education Policy Initiative at the D.C. Policy Center, who has studied enrollment trends in the…

September 27, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony of Yesim Sayin on rent control before the DC Council Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization

Good morning, Chairwoman Bonds and members of the Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization. My name is Yesim Sayin Taylor and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center, an independent, nonpartisan think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. I…

September 24, 2020 | Yesim Sayin
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If D.C. expands rent control, impacted landlords could win huge tax breaks. That’s alarming lawmakers. | Washington Business Journal

On September 23, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Roughly 36 percent of D.C.’s rental housing units are rent-stabilized, was cited by the Washington Business Journal: The District hasn’t updated its rent control law in 35 years. It currently covers most apartments built before 1975 – about 75,000 units, or 36% of all units…

September 23, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: Distance learning supports for students with disabilities and English learners

The shift to distance learning last spring created access and language barriers for some of D.C.’s most vulnerable students, including students with disabilities and English learners. In this installment of our D.C. Voices series, we asked, how are schools serving students with disabilities and English learners during distance learning this fall? What lessons were learned last spring?

September 23, 2020 | Tanaz Meghjani
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Advocates Make Final Push To Involve Hard-To-Count D.C. Areas In The Census | WAMU

On September 22, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C. is hard to count. Here’s where officials could target efforts for the 2020 Census, was cited by WAMU: D.C. Policy Center fellow Mike Maciag says D.C. has some specific challenges. “In D.C., we have a very transient population,” Maciag says. “Members of the military,…

September 22, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Giving At-Risk Kids Priority in Lottery for D.C. Charter Schools Can Help Integration and Right a Historic Wrong | The 74 Million

On September 21, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, At-risk priority in D.C.’s common lottery, was cited in The 74 Million: These measures work. As noted by the D.C. Policy Center, at-risk students tend to be excluded from schools already serving lower percentages of such children, largely because existing preferences in D.C.’s common lottery…

September 21, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

District residents are beginning to rejoin the labor force

New data released by the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) show that between May and July, D.C. saw a slight growth in its labor force and employment, as well as a marginal decrease in unemployment. Between May and July, labor force participation increased by 5,300 workers over age 16…

September 8, 2020 | Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia
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How has privatization of public housing fared in DC? | Greater Greater Washington

On September 4, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s publication, The history and evolution of Anacostia’s Barry Farm, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: For example, two miles from Greenleaf Gardens, the historic Barry Farms is in the 14th year since NCI redevelopment was approved. Although residents were eventually able to assert their rights and…

September 4, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: Rebooting distance learning

On July 30, 2020, Mayor Bowser announced that D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) would begin the 2020-21 school year entirely virtually. Most public charter schools have made similar decisions, including the city’s two largest charter networks: KIPP DC PCS and Friendship PCS. This virtual start will follow a shortened 2019-2020 school year that…

August 27, 2020 | Tanaz Meghjani, Amanda Chu
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District Links: DC residents can’t register to vote online anymore; COVID-19 cases dip in area; and more | The DC Line

On August 19, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Paycheck Protection Program in the District: Hard-hit industries receive a smaller share of loans, was cited by The DC Line: ► REPORT – ‘Paycheck Protection Program in the District: Hard-hit industries receive a smaller share of loans.’ DC Policy Center’s Sunaina Kathpalia and Yesim Sayin Taylor: “Establishments with 20-49…

August 25, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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D.C.’s mayor and council agree on one thing: Local businesses need help | Washington Post

On August 21, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, How COVID-19 is affecting small businesses in D.C., was cited in an opinion piece in the Washington Post: As a local business owner who has lived and worked in the D.C. area for 35 years, I’ve seen the incredible growth of this city. Local…

August 21, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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DC Mayor Bowser dismisses Tucker Carlson comments: ‘People aren’t leaving DC in droves’ | The Hill

On August 20, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The District’s population grows for the 14th year in a row, but at a weaker rate, was cited by The Hill: The most recent census numbers put D.C.’s population at 705,749 as of July 1, 2019, up 4,202 people from 2018. This equates to a growth rate of 0.6…

August 20, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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The Urban Trail: It’s time to use zoning, regulatory tools to create more equitable neighborhoods | Washington Business Journal

On August 20, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s work and map were cited by the Washington Business Journal: While many today are not aware of the racist roots of these policies, and would strongly oppose perpetuating racial inequity, the results are hard to argue: Our region and many others remain as segregated…

August 20, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Paycheck Protection Program in D.C.: Hard-hit industries receive a smaller share of loans

From its conception, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) attracted a lot of attention. The PPP loans were thought of as lifelines for small businesses that have taken large losses from the pandemic-induced economic shocks. By providing sums of money to cash-strapped businesses, PPP loans were intended to allow small businesses to keep their employees on the payroll. Importantly, it was advertised that businesses that could demonstrate need and spend the loans mainly on preserving they employees would be able to convert these loans into grants.

August 19, 2020 | Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia, Yesim Sayin
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Opinion: UDC is focused on the wrong students | Forest Hills Connection

On August 12, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, State of D.C. Schools 2018-19, was cited by Forest Hills Connection: In 2018, as UDC was rolling out its four-year strategic plan, 3,359 students graduated from DC public schools and charter schools. According to the DC Policy Center, 56% of those students went on to pursue…

August 12, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: What factors are parents weighing as they make enrollment decisions for their children?

On July 30, 2020, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that public schools in the District would start the academic year virtually and remain that way until November 6, 2020. This announcement does not apply to the city’s public charter schools, which educate nearly half of the city’s public school students. While a…

August 11, 2020 | Tanaz Meghjani

Racial Equity Evaluation of Residential Property Assessments in the District of Columbia

A recent working paper released by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth (WCEG) —and covered by the Washington Post on July 2—found that Black and Hispanic homeowners pay a higher effective tax on their homes when compared to what white homeowners pay on comparable homes, because Black- and Hispanic-owned homes are assessed…

August 11, 2020 | Yesim Sayin, Emilia Calma
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DC driving citations spike during the early stages of COVID-19 | Greater Greater Washington

On August 5, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Speed cameras in D.C., was cited by Greater Greater Washington: By looking at the locations where most violations occurred, it’s clear that DC drivers’ habits began changing in March. The most frequent location of moving violation citations in February through April 2019, as…

August 5, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Let’s show Black lives matter in education | The DC Line

On August 5, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Student achievement is on the rise, but critical gaps persist, was cited by The DC Line: After a quarter-century of education reform in the District — including a 1995 law authorizing public charter schools as well as mayoral control of the city-run school…

August 5, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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D.C. debates whether low-income students should get preference in the school lottery system | Washington Post

On August 4, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, At-risk priority in D.C.’s common lottery: Potential implications for access and diversity, was cited by the Washington Post: The D.C. Policy Center, a local think tank, released a study last month examining the impact that adding an at-risk preference would have on lottery results. The…

August 4, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin on the Expanding Equitable Access to Great Schools Act of 2020

On July 31, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Director of the Education Policy Initiative Chelsea Coffin testified before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education on B23-0717, the Expanding Equitable Access to Great Schools Act of 2020. Download this testimony.

July 31, 2020 |

Update: Diversity in D.C.’s public schools, 2018-19

Within schools, student diversity is low in the District of Columbia. The 2018 D.C. Policy Center report, Landscape of Diversity in D.C.’s Public Schools, looked at data from the 2016-17 school year and found that there was less racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and public…

July 30, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin

At-risk priority in D.C.’s common lottery: Potential implications for access and diversity

The “At-risk priority in D.C.’s common lottery: Potential implications for access and diversity” report explores the implications of implementing a preference for at-risk students in Washington, D.C.’s common lottery, and what such a preference could mean for public charter schools in the city. Below is the full report. You can also read…

July 21, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin
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Six big obstacles to economic recovery, from child-care shortages to displaced workers | Washington Post

On July 20, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted in the Washington Post: Meanwhile, day-care centers are losing slots or going under. Few have enough space to serve as many children as in the past, given the need for physical distancing. Many can’t afford to reopen. “Their financial…

July 20, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Map of the Week: D.C. Food Deserts | American Geographical Society

On July 16, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Food access in D.C is deeply connected to poverty and transportation, was cited by the American Geographical Society: In Washington D.C., food insecurity is no new phenomenon. D.C. is broken down into eight wards, shown on the map to the right. D.C. Policy Center…

July 16, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: Sustainability of D.C. child care facilities during the pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, households with children are more likely to face loss of employment income than households without children nationwide. This is likely due to parents having to give up jobs or reduce their hours to shoulder the additional responsibilities of educating and caring for their children without outside help. Until…

July 15, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin, Amanda Chu
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District Links: Coronavirus cases rise in DC and region; Bowser plugs statehood on Tax Day; and more | The DC Line

On July 15, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C. Voices: Sustainability of D.C. child care facilities during the pandemic, was cited by The DC Line: Amid concerns about the state of the child care sector now and in the future, the D.C. Policy Center’s Chelsea Coffin and Amanda Chu write that pandemic-related financial…

July 15, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Labor force participation continues to decline in the District

According to preliminary data released by the D.C. Department Employment Services, the District’s labor force declined by 15,000 between April and May, in addition to a 18,000 decline between March and April, and now stands at 387,500. Between April and May, 2,300 residents lost their jobs, and employment fell to 353,200. The…

July 14, 2020 | Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia
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What we’re reading: D.C. Voices: Teacher retention and recruitment during the pandemic | National Council on Teacher Quality

On July 14, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C. Voices: Teacher retention and recruitment during the pandemic, was featured on the blog of the National Council on Teacher Quality: The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges to retaining teachers and the traditional teacher hiring process. New analysis from Chelsea Coffin and Tanaz…

July 14, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Letter: Here are some reasons for DC statehood | Chico Enterprise-Record

On July 12, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s work was cited in the Chico Enterprise-Record: If DC were a state this would lead to the Federal government being “coerced” by being part of a state. In fact, the vast majority of DC residents do not work for the federal government: according to…

July 12, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Where D.C.’s former students attend postsecondary

The D.C. Policy Center’s recent report, Transition to College or Career for the District’s High School Students, examined what we do and don’t know about outcomes for D.C.’s high schoolers. Fifty-six percent of D.C.’s high school graduates continue to postsecondary within six months of completing high school, but we don’t know much…

July 7, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin
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Why Black activists are fighting for D.C. statehood | Mashable

On July 3, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C. is hard to count. Here’s where officials could target efforts for the 2020 Census, was cited by Mashable: D.C. is “becoming more and more white… It’s pretty hard to see race as a factor in the denial [of statehood]. I think it’s…

July 3, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Timeline of COVID-19 policies, cases, and deaths in your state | Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

In summer 2020, the D.C. Policy Center article A timeline of the D.C. region’s COVID-19 pandemic was cited by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Read more: Timeline of COVID-19 policies, cases, and deaths in your state | Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center Related: A timeline of the D.C. region’s COVID-19 pandemic…

July 2, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Transition to college or career for the District’s high school students

“Transition to college or career for the District’s high school students” explores outcomes for D.C.’s students at the close of high school and as they become young adults transitioning into postsecondary or entering jobs. Below is the full report. You can also read the summary – available in both English and Spanish…

June 30, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin, Tanaz Meghjani
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Let’s Talk About Urban Heat Island Effect | Casey Trees

On June 22, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C.’s heat islands, was cited by Casey Trees: In 2017 the D.C. Policy Center published a report that added more detail to how heat affects Washington residents. It overlaid temperature with social, economic and health-related factors, as well as vegetation variability, to yield what is…

June 22, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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What happened to Chocolate City? Gentrification. | Washington Post

On June 19, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Goodbye to Chocolate City, was cited in an opinion piece at the Washington Post:  In 1970, our city was more than 70 percent African American, but what became of Chocolate City? In 2015, the city dropped to below 50 percent African American. It is conservatively estimated that…

June 19, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Tax policy under the District’s new “fiscal normal”

COVID-19 has dramatically altered the District of Columbia’s fiscal picture. The CFO’s updated revenue estimates tell us that it will take the city at least two years to gain back the deep losses incurred in a matter of two months. When these numbers are adjusted for inflation, we see that recovery will take even…

June 16, 2020 | Yesim Sayin
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Op-Ed: Transportation and the Police: Reconsidering Traffic Enforcement | Eno Center for Transportation

On June 11, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Predominately black neighborhoods in D.C. bear the brunt of automated traffic enforcement, was cited in an op-ed at the Eno Center for Transportation: While Washington, D.C. relies heavily on automated traffic enforcement cameras, a report by the DC Policy Center found that drivers in predominantly…

June 11, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: How will facilities and operations adapt when schools reopen?

On May 22, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that D.C. Public Schools would begin its next school year on August 31. Public charter schools are determining their start dates independently, but it’s likely that some will align their calendars with DCPS. It remains uncertain whether students will attend school in-person, learn virtually,…

June 11, 2020 | Tanaz Meghjani, Chelsea Coffin
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District Links: Schools chancellor defends cops in schools; Bowser lands late-night TV gigs; Norton bill labels mayor as ‘governor’; and more | The DC Line

On June 11, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, ARTICLE, was cited by The DC Line: A new publication from the D.C. Policy Center explores how school facilities and operations will need to adapt for DC schools to reopen. Authors Tanaz Meghjani and Chelsea Coffin posed a key question to several school leaders: “What is top of mind for you in…

June 11, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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We Don’t Need Cops to Enforce Traffic Laws | Vice

On June 11, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Predominately black neighborhoods in D.C. bear the brunt of automated traffic enforcement, was cited by Vice: Speed and red light cameras are a proven, functional technology that make roads safer by slowing drivers down. They’re widely used in other countries and can also enforce parking…

June 11, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Here’s What Black Lives Matter D.C. Is Calling For, And Where The City Stands | NPR

On June 9, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Implementing the NEAR Act to reduce violence in D.C., was cited by NPR: Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie thinks there’s a middle ground. “I want community policing in my neighborhood, but I do not and do not condone over-policing in any neighborhood, particularly…

June 9, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee Talks COVID-19 Recovery Plans, With an Eye Toward Returning to In-Person Instruction | The 74 Million

On June 7, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C. Voices: Mental health supports during school closures, was cited by The 74 Million: And that’s just one part of the equation. As with many districts nationwide, DCPS is still determining the best way to “creatively assess” students as the new academic year…

June 7, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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From the White House to the Lincoln Memorial, Thousands March for Black Lives | Courthouse News Service

On June 7 , 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, What is the impact of fare evasion in D.C.?, was cited by Courthouse News Service: According to the D.C. Policy Center, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority expanded funding for fare enforcement in recent years though the D.C. council only recently decriminalized fare evasion….

June 7, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Policy Center’s research and publications on racial equity and economic and social inequalities

Since its inception, the D.C. Policy Center staff and researchers have taken great care to examine inequalities across different issue areas. Below is a list for our readers who would like to learn more about our work. D.C. History Once Upon A Time In NoMa. The neighborhood was primarily home to people–per…

June 5, 2020 |

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin at the Joint Budget Oversight Hearing for Public Education

On June 4, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Director of the Education Policy Initiative Chelsea Coffin testified before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education at the Joint Budget Oversight Hearing for FY21. Download this testimony.

June 4, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin
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D.C. Schools Avoided the Draconian Budget Cuts Many U.S. Districts Are Facing: How the City Did It — and What Advocates Say Still Needs to Be Done | The 74 Million

On May 27, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin was cited by The 74 Million: These students’ “lived experience are going to look quite different in the coming months, perhaps from income shock or doubling up on housing, stress in the household, and other ways,” said Chelsea…

May 27, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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As a Federal Coronavirus Expert Frets, the Capital Moves to Reopen | New York Times

On May 27, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the New York Times: “I would add to the resource issue the black population’s historically complex relationship with health care,” said Yesim Sayin Taylor, the executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, a research organization. Ward 8 has…

May 27, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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D.C. Schools Avoided the Draconian Budget Cuts Many U.S. Districts Are Facing: How the City Did It — and What Advocates Say Still Needs to Be Done | The 74 Million

On May 27, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin was quoted by The 74 Million: These students’ “lived experience are going to look quite different in the coming months, perhaps from income shock or doubling up on housing, stress in the household, and other ways,” said Chelsea Coffin,…

May 27, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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John Wall on helping Washington residents with rent assistance: ‘I come from that type of environment’ | The Undefeated

On May 26, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Pandemic-induced unemployment has hit the District’s Hispanic, Latino, and younger workers more intensely, was cited by The Undefeated: Washington is one of a few areas, and NBA markets, that has yet to fully reopen businesses and public spaces since President Donald Trump declared…

May 26, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Pandemic-induced unemployment has hit the District’s Hispanic, Latino, and younger workers more intensely

On Friday, May 22, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly data on employment and unemployment for states and metropolitan areas. These data show that unemployment rate in the District of Columbia now stands at 11.1 percent—the highest rate seen in recent history. The city reached this level of unemployment with…

May 26, 2020 | Yesim Sayin

Reopening and recovery will look different across the District of Columbia

Both during and after, the COVID-19 pandemic is going to widen existing inequities in Washington, D.C. Despite the heavily repeated mantra that pandemics are “a great equalizer” that we all must face together, mounting evidence confirms that infection and death rates are anything but equal. Per capita, the number of COVID-19 cases…

May 20, 2020 | Evan Bennett
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Activists push for tax increases, more child care spending in D.C. budget | Washington Post

On May 19, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s executive director, Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted by the Washington Post: But Yesim Taylor of the D.C. Policy Center, a more centrist think tank, said the mayor was smart not to balance the budget with higher taxes. “It’s easy to say, ‘Well, cut, cut,…

May 19, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: Teacher retention and recruitment during the pandemic

Teacher quality is the most influential school-level contributor to student achievement,[i] which means retaining effective teachers is an essential component of improving student learning. Amid the challenges of distance learning during COVID-19, retaining teachers might also provide students with much-needed stability as teachers can build on their pre-existing relationships with students to…

May 19, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin, Tanaz Meghjani

2020 Census self-response rates in the Washington, D.C. region

About 95 percent of U.S. households will fill out their 2020 Census information using forms mailed to their house that they will reply to via the internet, phone or mail. In the Washington D.C. region, the self-response rate from these forms varies greatly depending on location, density, race, population and income. What…

May 18, 2020 | D.W. Rowlands
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Small businesses in high-rent cities face disaster. If they go under, urban life will change. | Washington Post

On May 16, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, How many small businesses are in D.C.?, was cited by the Washington Post: The pandemic is threatening the survival of independently operated stores, restaurants, bars and other enterprises in cities with vibrant, walkable neighborhoods and soaring commercial rents. In the District alone, there…

May 16, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Commuting Challenges Likely If Federal Workers Phase Out Telework | NBC4

On May 13, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Trends in federal employment in D.C., was cited by NBC4: Right now, the Office of Personnel and Management says it is beginning a phased transition to normal operations and agencies will make decisions based on local rules. Just under 200,000 federal employees work…

May 13, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

How COVID-19 is affecting nonprofits in the D.C. area

The nonprofit and advocacy sector in the District of Columbia employs over 70,000 employees.[1] While some of these organizations are focused on national policy, local nonprofits play an important role in service delivery—from out-of-school time programs, to community collectives providing services to the most vulnerable residents. The D.C. Policy Center implemented a…

May 7, 2020 | Yesim Sayin

How many small businesses are in D.C.?

Recently, many people were surprised that much of the “small business relief” in the federal CARES Act was received by large publicly owned companies. While later guidance from the U.S. Treasury clarified that these types of businesses were not the intended target of the program, and many national chains have returned their…

May 5, 2020 | Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia

D.C. Voices: Mental health supports during school closures

After declaring a public health emergency for the District of Columbia on March 11th, 2020, Mayor Bowser closed non-essential businesses and issued a stay at home order, requiring residents to socially distance from those outside their households. Schools closed two days later. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new health concerns for many,…

May 4, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin, Tanaz Meghjani

How COVID-19 is affecting small businesses in D.C.

The economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic have been dramatic and unprecedented, as cities and countries shut down large swaths of their economies to control the spread of the virus, and consumer demand has fallen due to stay-at-home orders, rising unemployment, and general economic uncertainty. As previous recessions and other economic shocks…

April 30, 2020 | Kathryn Zickuhr
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After Six Decades, Ben’s Chili Bowl Faces Its Greatest Challenge Yet: Coronavirus | WAMU

On April 28, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Goodbye to Chocolate City, was cited by WAMU: In 1970, the African-American population in the city stood at 71%. Five decades later, it’s less than half. Read more: After Six Decades, Ben’s Chili Bowl Faces Its Greatest Challenge Yet: Coronavirus | WAMU Related:…

April 28, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

COVID-19: At-risk populations in the District

With the  novel coronavirus continuing to spread across the nation, the impacts have been uneven, both in terms of who is more likely to be exposed to the virus, and in terms of who is most likely to experience serious complications. These high-risk groups include adults over 65 years of age, as…

April 27, 2020 | Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia, Kathryn Zickuhr

How D.C. is responding to COVID-19 (Updated)

Note: D.C. updates on the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 are available at coronavirus.dc.gov. This article was originally published on March 25, 2020. We will continue to update it as needed as the District’s response to the situation evolves. For more, see our frequently updated timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic and…

April 23, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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The intersection of COVID-19, race and class | The DC Line

On April 23, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in The DC Line: No one with whom I spoke was surprised by the data. The numbers amplify weaknesses and inequities in the nation’s health care system. They also underscore historic discrimination experienced by people of color, especially…

April 23, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Voices: The challenges of distance learning

In response to COVID-19 social distancing protocols, educators in D.C. have had to confront the daunting task of virtually teaching almost a hundred thousand students. It’s crucial to continue supporting schools in navigating this transition, but it’s also important to recognize that distance learning cannot provide the same experience as traditional schooling….

April 21, 2020 | Tanaz Meghjani
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D.C. Coalition Wants Massive Tax Breaks To Help Businesses Rebound From Coronavirus | WAMU

On April 20, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by WAMU: But the coalition’s requests come amid a wider financial crisis for the city. The District is already expecting to have to trim the current year’s $9 billion budget by more than $600 million, and maybe as much…

April 20, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Business tax relief proposal inspired by coronavirus raises questions from D.C. Council | Washington Business Journal

On April 20, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s executive director, Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted by the Washington Business Journal: Yesim Taylor, executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, said this sort of tax relief has merit specifically because it is more broad-based, targeting an industry over specific businesses that would need…

April 20, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Business tax relief proposal inspired by coronavirus raises questions from D.C. Council | Washington Business Journal

On April 20, 2020, D.C. Policy Center’s Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted by the Washington Business Journal: Hoffman is confident the council could structure the program stringently, building in provisions that ensure that a commercial tenant has to remain open and employ a certain number of District residents to score…

April 20, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

The District’s population grows for the 14th year in a row, but at a weaker rate

According to the latest population estimates released by the Census Bureau, D.C.’s population grew by just 4,202 residents last year, which is only 37 percent of the average annual growth since 2010. Almost all of this net growth—91 percent—is due to natural growth, or the number of births minus the number of…

April 15, 2020 | Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia
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Black D.C. Residents Have Been Diagnosed With COVID-19 At Twice The Rate Of Their White Peers | DCist

On April 8, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Pushing through complacency to fight health disparities in D.C.’s African American communities, was cited by DCist: In the District, black residents compose about 46 percent of the population, with white residents representing about 1 percentage point less than that, per recent U.S. Census…

April 8, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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‘It Would Be Ruinous’: How Coronavirus Could Put Trump Allies In Charge Of D.C. | WAMU

On April 8, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, COVID-19 pandemic and the District of Columbia: What to expect?, was cited by WAMU: But even furloughs and two consecutive years of $600 million cuts might not be enough, according to an analysis by the D.C. Policy Center think tank. In the wake of…

April 8, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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The Great Replacement: Washington, DC | American Renaissance

On April 6, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Goodbye to Chocolate City, was cited by American Renaissance: By the time he died, Marion Barry was a relic, because after 2000, the city began gentrifying. Whites returned. Crime dropped. Property values rose. Journalists, of course, mourned: “D.C., Long ‘Chocolate City,’ Becoming More…

April 6, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Anatomy of a rental marketplace | City Observatory

On April 3, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center report, Appraising the District’s rentals, was featured in City Observatory: Too often, our debates about housing policy are shaped by inaccurate pictures of how the housing market really works. A new report from the D.C. Policy Center provides a remarkably clear and detailed picture of the…

April 3, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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The DC Rental Affordability Mismatch | Urban Turf

On April 3, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Appraising the District’s rentals, was cited by Urban Turf: DC Policy Center’s latest rental report builds on prior analysis of the city’s mismatched housing market. Read more: The DC Rental Affordability Mismatch | Urban Turf Related: Appraising the District’s rentals | D.C. Policy Center

April 3, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Rent controlled apartments may slow displacement for people of color, a report finds | Greater Greater Washington

On April 2, 2020, chapter four of the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Appraising the District’s rentals, was excerpted by Greater Greater Washington: The DC Policy Center has published a new report, Appraising the District’s rentals, on rental housing in the District, and how rentals can help keep housing affordable provide more economically inclusive. We…

April 2, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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34,000 Units in 20 Years: DC’s Rental Market, by the Numbers | Urban Turf

On April 2, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Appraising the District’s rentals, was cited by Urban Turf: In addition to exploring how the concept of Inclusionary Conversions could work in DC, DC Policy Center’s latest report gives a comprehensive snapshot of the city’s rental market. Read more: 34,000 Units in 20 Years: DC’s Rental Market, by…

April 2, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Should DC Use Inclusionary Conversions to Meet Affordable Housing Goals? | Urban Turf

On April 1, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Appraising the District’s rentals, was featured by Urban Turf: A new report by the DC Policy Center suggests there may only be one way to reach DC’s affordable housing production targets. Released Wednesday, the extensive report takes stock of the city’s rental housing, putting forth the…

April 1, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Appraising the District’s rentals

This report provides a comprehensive picture of the District’s rental housing to evaluate its capacity to create economically inclusive neighborhoods in the District of Columbia. It estimates the number and type of rental units and the buildings that hold them, and the rents that prevail. It also provides extensive data on rental apartment buildings including the rent-controlled stock as well as rental units outside the rental apartment buildings including condominiums, single-family homes, and flats.

April 1, 2020 | Yesim Sayin

Appraising the District’s rentals – Executive Summary

In the District of Columbia, where housing is prohibitively expensive and neighborhoods are economically segregated, rental housing—with its lower costs, variety of units, and a more egalitarian distribution across the city’s eight wards and many neighborhoods—offers one avenue for reducing housing burdens and mixing incomes to create affordable and inclusive neighborhoods. Rental…

April 1, 2020 | Yesim Sayin

Appraising the District’s rentals – Introduction

ONE  | THE ROLE OF DISTRICT’S RENTAL HOUSING IN CREATING AFFORDABILITY AND INCLUSION The high cost of housing in the District of Columbia is a significant challenge. The city’s zoning laws and poorly run regulatory regime, sometimes combined with resistance to growth, restrict the amount, type, and location of housing that can…

April 1, 2020 |

Appraising the District’s rentals – Landscape of Rental Housing

TWO | THE LANDSCAPE OF RENTAL HOUSING IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA The District of Columbia is largely a city of rentals. Of the estimated 322,000 housing units (excluding those owned by the federal government, foreign governments, universities, or charitable or religious organizations),[1] 114,550 are occupied by their owners.[2] The remainder—207,400 units,…

April 1, 2020 |

Appraising the District’s rentals – Rental housing affordability

THREE | HOW AFFORDABLE IS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA’S RENTAL HOUSING? This chapter compares prevailing rents to the income profiles of District households to examine the extent to which rental housing can meet renter demand at different income levels. This analysis shows that rent-controlled housing offers a significant discount over the uncontrolled…

April 1, 2020 |

Appraising the District’s rentals – Economic inclusion

FOUR | HOW MUCH DOES THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA’S RENTAL HOUSING ADVANCE ECONOMIC DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION? The District of Columbia is an economically segregated city where higher-income households and lower-income households typically live far away from each other. In previous research, the D.C. Policy Center linked the city’s economic segregation to its…

April 1, 2020 |

Appraising the District’s rentals – Inclusionary conversions

FIVE | HOW CAN THE DISTRICT USE ITS EXISTING RENTAL HOUSING TO CREATE INCLUSIVE NEIGHBORHOODS? Up to this point, this report has provided extensive information on the District’s rental housing. It has shown that there are too few rental apartment units to house all renters, and the paucity of units is squeezing…

April 1, 2020 |

Appraising the District’s rentals – Conclusions

SIX | CONCLUSIONS As renter incomes rise in the District, the pressures on rental housing are becoming stronger. As this report has shown, there are not enough rental apartments to serve all renter households. And this pressure comes both from the bottom and from the top: for every household that would need…

April 1, 2020 |

History of rent control in the District of Columbia

APPENDIX I – THE HISTORY OF RENT CONTROL LAWS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA The District of Columbia’s rent control laws date back to 1973, following the end of the federal price controls. That year, the federal government authorized the city to enact rent control policies if, after a series of public…

April 1, 2020 |

Rent control literature review

APPENDIX II – REVIEW OF LITERATURE ON THE IMPACT OF RENT CONTROL ON HOUSING QUALITY AND QUANTITY, DISPLACEMENT, AND INCLUSION Evidence suggests that rent control measures can have various impacts on a city’s housing stock and affordability, which are in turn related to the type and extent of the city’s rent control…

April 1, 2020 |

Appraising District’s rentals – Methodology and data sources

APPENDIX III – METHODOLOGY AND DATA SOURCES The analysis presented in this study relies on a combination of data sources, including administrative data from the District of Columbia government, data from private sources, and other publicly available data from the U.S. Census. The basic information on the rental stock is gleaned from…

April 1, 2020 |

Appraising the District’s rentals: References

Works referenced in the report Albon, Robert P., and David C. Stafford. “Rent Control and Housing Maintenance.” Urban Studies. Sage Publications, Ltd., 1990. Ambrosius, Joshua D., John I. Gilderbloom, William J. Steele, Wesley L. Meares, and Dennis Keating. “Forty Years of Rent Control: Reexamining New Jersey’s Moderate Local Policies after the Great…

April 1, 2020 |

Appraising the District’s rentals – About this report

This report has been prepared with support from Apartment and Office Buildings Association. The Urban Capital Impact Fund has provided generous support for the development of the Inclusionary Conversion model. Funders do not determine research findings or the insights and recommendations of the D.C. Policy Center employees and experts. The views expressed are…

April 1, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Initial national and state education policy changes in response to COVID-19

Across the country 46 states[1], including the District of Columbia, have closed schools. Beginning on March 16th, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) closed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and will remain closed through at least April 24th, following the Mayor’s declaration of a public health emergency. Public charter schools in…

March 30, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin, Tanaz Meghjani
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The coronavirus — taking lives, destroying the economy | The DC Line

On March 26, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, COVID-19 pandemic and the District of Columbia: What to expect?, was cited by the DC Line: Thus far, the long-term budget impact has drawn minimal attention. The hue and cry has been for economic relief and public health protections. Echoing the view of…

March 26, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

These provisions of the federal COVID-19 legislation support and supplement state unemployment programs

The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) is the latest round of federal relief packages to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Following on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provided sick leave and expanded FMLA for those affected by COVID-19, the CARES Act was passed by the Senate late…

March 26, 2020 | Yesim Sayin, Sunaina Bakshi Kathpalia
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A D.C. Chef’s Ambitious System to Put Restaurant Workers Back on the Job | Eater DC

On March 26, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Food access in D.C is deeply connected to poverty and transportation, was cited by Eater DC: While Maketto’s efforts will be focused on Ward 6 residents, Bruner-Yang says the model could be applied to help out areas with more dire needs, too. Data…

March 26, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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How Well is DC Doing at Social Distancing? | Urban Turf

On March 25, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, A timeline of the D.C. region’s COVID-19 pandemic, was cited by Urban Turf: DC proper’s A-grade reflects a 60% decrease in the average distance travelled by city residents. This data is as of March 21st, by which time the city was under a state of…

March 25, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

COVID-19 pandemic and the District of Columbia: What to expect?

For two weeks, we have been watching our lives, our economy, and our government dramatically change with the actions we need to take to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is increasing consensus on the possibility of a deep global recession as the reduced economic activity in the service sector…

March 24, 2020 |

A timeline of the D.C. region’s COVID-19 pandemic

This article was originally published on March 24, 2019. It was last updated April 22, 2020. The outbreak of the new coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated COVID-19) has made tens of thousands of people worldwide (and counting) sick, with thousands dead and the crisis deepening daily. Officials have declared the disease a worldwide…

March 24, 2020 | Aimee Custis
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A bind for area governments: Virus shrinks their budgets just as public need soars | Washington Post

On March 20, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s Executive Director, Yesim Sayin Taylor, was quoted by the Washington Post: Officials and analysts said state and local governments should move quickly to provide small businesses with grants, loans and relaxed regulations to prevent layoffs. “The most important thing that government can do right…

March 20, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Pandemic economic impact survey for local businesses and nonprofits

At the D.C. Policy Center, we are working to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region’s businesses and nonprofits. To date, there is not a lot of up-to-date information about D.C.-area businesses and nonprofits that local policymakers can use to respond to the quickly changing economic consequences of this…

March 19, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Resources for the D.C. student and education community to stay informed and safe as COVID-19 spreads

Everyday life in Washington D.C. metropolitan area and beyond is on hold, including for students, educators, and their families and caregivers. Many are sharing guidance on how we can best adjust to the new normal. Below are resources compiled by our Education Policy Initiative that may be useful. The D.C. Policy Center…

March 18, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin, Tanaz Meghjani

D.C. Council members have big spending plans. Could a coronavirus slowdown ruin things? | Washington Business Journal

On March 12, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the Washington Business Journal: With organizers canceling a slew of conventions, sporting events and concerts, and workers increasingly urged to stay home, there’s no telling yet what sort of impact the pandemic will have on the District’s coffers. And…

March 12, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

New business formation and survival across the Washington metropolitan region

The Washington metropolitan area is one of the top regions in the country for entrepreneurship, but within the metropolitan area, jurisdictions experience different outcomes. The decisions they make affect the flow of businesses, workers, and residents across their borders, and these forces are constantly shifting: The District has seen significant economic and…

March 11, 2020 | Yesim Sayin
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Affirmatively furthering fair housing: Proposed rule fails to address discrimination and segregation | Equal Rights Center

On March 10, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s articles, Mapping segregation in D.C. and The rise and demise of racially restrictive covenants in Bloomingdale, were cited by the Equal Rights Center: DC’s geographic racial divide and corresponding disparities did not happen by chance but are the result of a long history of discrimination against…

March 10, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin on the Critical Risk Rate School Funding Designation Act of 2019

On March 10, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Director of the Education Policy Initiative Chelsea Coffin testified before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education on the Critical Risk Rate School Funding Designation Act of 2019. Download this testimony.

March 10, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin
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Give D.C. public charter schools a chance to serve at-risk students | Washington Post

On March 9, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, 2018-19 State of D.C. Schools was cited in the Washington Post: School quality is on the rise in the District. The recent D.C. Policy Center report on the State of D.C. Schools makes plain that our traditional public and public charter schools alike have outpaced other cities…

March 9, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Student achievement is on the rise, but critical gaps persist

The D.C. Policy Center’s State of D.C. Schools, 2018-19 report highlighted where D.C.’s traditional public and public charter schools have made progress as well as where targeted improvements are still necessary. Learning outcomes can be examined in the same way – student achievement on D.C.’s state assessment is on the rise, but large…

March 5, 2020 | Tanaz Meghjani
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Anatomy of a rental marketplace | City Observatory

On March 4, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Appraising the District’s rentals, was cited by City Observatory: Too often, our debates about housing policy are shaped by inaccurate pictures of how the housing market really works. A new report from the D.C. Policy Center provides a remarkably clear and detailed picture of the…

March 4, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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‘Luxury’ Amenities Aren’t Why Housing Is So Expensive In The D.C. Area | WAMU

On March 3, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Single-family zoning and neighborhood characteristics in the District of Columbia, was cited by WAMU: In the D.C. region, vast swaths of residential areas are zoned exclusively for single-family homes, the most space-intensive and costly form of housing. For example, almost 90% of residential land in…

March 3, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

When students don’t feel safe in the neighborhood: How can schools help?

In D.C., a large share of children and youth up to age 17 are likely to be exposed to traumatic events: 21.3 percent have been exposed to an adverse childhood experience, including an estimated 9 percent who have been a victim or witness to neighborhood violence. Community violence often happens without warning, which can cause feelings of sudden, horrifying shock and loss of control and safety. It involves intentional acts to harm others, which can lead to feelings of extreme mistrust of others and powerlessness.

March 3, 2020 | Yunsoo Park
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“Excessive” Regulation Causes 80% Home Price Premium in the DC Area, Per Trump Administration

On February 28, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The economic costs of land use regulations, was cited by Urban Turf: Other reportage (and some Democratic presidential candidates) have also suggested that dismantling some regulations could create housing price relief by adding to supply. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has tied current efforts to amend the Comprehensive Plan to ambitious housing…

February 28, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Foggy Bottom top D.C. neighborhood for walking accessibility, report finds | GW Hatchet

On February 27, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Where the Washington region achieves walkable density, was cited by the GW Hatchet: GW sits in an area of the city with some of the best roadways to walk to and from nearby amenities, a study from the D.C. Policy Center released last…

February 27, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony of Chelsea Coffin, D.C. SBOE Public Meeting

On February 26, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Director of the Education Policy Initiative Chelsea Coffin testified before the D.C. State Board of Education at a public meeting. You can read her testimony below, and download it as a PDF. Good evening, members of the State Board of Education. My name is Chelsea…

February 27, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin
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D.C. Public Schools Have Seen a Remarkable Turnaround in the Past Two Decades. Here Are 4 Ways to Keep the Progress Going | The 74 Million

On February 26, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, 2018-19 State of D.C. Schools, was cited in The 74 Million: The District’s public education system is now a national model, and a recent report outlines how far the city’s schools have come. The “State of D.C. Schools,” released by the D.C. Policy…

February 26, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

WMATA can’t measure fare evasion, but still says it’s a big problem | Greater Greater Washington

On February 24, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, What is the impact of fare evasion in D.C.?, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: Metro officials say fare evasion is a big problem, and have pushed back hard against a recent DC move to decriminalize fare evasion. But a new study from the DC…

February 24, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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DC Teachers Standing in the Gap | The Uptake

On February 24, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, 2018-2019 State of D.C. Schools, was cited by The Uptake: Specifically, in Washington, D.C this divide has presented itself in males of color. In 2015 Black and Hispanic boys made up 43% of the student enrollment, yet their test scores and graduation rates…

February 24, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

The regional transit proposals that predated Metro, from express buses to monorails

The Washington region today seems unimaginable without Metro, but the system we have today was hardly inevitable. Initial proposals for a subway system date back to the FDR administration, when the federal government’s expansion during the New Deal and World War II led to an increase in the District’s population. It still…

February 24, 2020 | D.W. Rowlands
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Viewpoint: D.C. can help developers overcome cost barriers to housing affordability | Washington Business Journal

On February 21, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center was quoted in an opinion piece published by the Washington Business Journal: Collectively, these initiatives have the potential to create a perfect storm of good individual intentions that have the opposite effect — a halt to housing development. In fact, the warning signs are…

February 21, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Barry Farm’s historic landmark designation was pitted against affordable housing | Washington Post

On February 21, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The history and evolution of Anacostia’s Barry Farm, was cited in an op-ed in the Washington Post: In 1941, D.C.’s nascent housing authority used eminent domain to force 23 remaining land owners from their homes for the construction of Barry Farm Dwellings; as is commonly…

February 21, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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The Week Observed | City Observatory

On February 21, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s articles, Where the Washington region achieves walkable density and Roughly 36 percent of D.C.’s rental housing units are rent-stabilized, were featured by City Observatory: 4. Mapping Walkable Density.  DW Rowlands has mapped walkable density in 17 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.  Her maps compare…

February 21, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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District Line Daily: Jumpin’, Jumpin’ | Washington City Paper

On February 21, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, What is the impact of fare evasion in D.C.?, was cited by Washington City Paper: The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has suggested that more people are piggy-backing or tailgating since the D.C. Council decriminalized fare evasion in July 2019. (It should be noted that…

February 21, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

What is the impact of fare evasion in D.C.?

WMATA has estimated a consistent fare evasion rate of 5 percent on Metrorail based on peer systems and industry averages. Its estimates of fare evasion on Metrobuses, as reported by operators’ farebox reports, has risen sharply over the past four years. However, it is unclear if the increase in fare evasion reports on Metrobus reflects a rising number of unpaid trips, or is related to increasing implementation of fare evasion measurement methods or other issues.

February 20, 2020 | Kathryn Zickuhr
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As The D.C. Area Grows Pricier, Can Picking Up A Side Hustle (Or Three) Make A Difference? | WAMU

On February 19, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Policy Director Kathryn Zickuhr was quoted by WAMU: Not all app-based gigging opportunities are created equal, either. In a study that looked at the activity millions of Chase checking accounts from 2012 to 2018, the web-platform economy showed growth overall. Yet earnings for jobs in transportation (like…

February 20, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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These maps show where the Washington region achieves walkable density | Greater Greater Washington

On February 19, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Fellow D.W. Rowlands’ article, Where the Washington region achieves walkable density, was crossposted at Greater Greater Washington. Read more: These maps show where the Washington region achieves walkable density | Greater Greater Washington

February 19, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Where the Washington region achieves walkable density

Population density can say a lot about an urban environment, and it’s often used as a signal of how walkable a place is. But common density measures don’t truly capture how easy it is to walk from one location to another. Transit planners often approximate “walking distance” as half a mile. If…

February 19, 2020 | D.W. Rowlands

What D.C. schools need to do to tackle chronic absenteeism

In the two years since a graduation controversy at Ballou High School exposed a serious student absenteeism problem across the city, D.C.’s traditional public schools and many of its public charter schools have deployed  numerous interventions to improve attendance. Extensive evidence suggests that absenteeism undermines learning, beginning in very early grades. National…

February 13, 2020 | Phyllis Jordan
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D.C. Has More High-Income Residents Than Ever Before, Audit Suggests | WAMU

On February 4, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock, was cited by WAMU: But while the revenue bump is good news for D.C.’s coffers, the influx of high earners is making it harder for lower-earning families to find homes, according to the D.C. Policy Center….

February 4, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Barry Farm Is Officially A Historic Landmark | WPGC

On February 3, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The history and evolution of Anacostia’s Barry Farm, was cited by WPGC: Barry Farm Dwellings has existed since the 1940s, and the neighborhood includes the rich history as a home to African Americans after the Civil War, and a place that helped birth go-go. Read more: Barry Farm Is…

February 3, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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To support at-risk students, DC must invest | The DC Line

On January 31, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, 2018-19 State of D.C. Schools, was highlighted in an op-ed in The DC Line: Mayor Bowser’s administration has made historic investments in our education system designed to better serve students across the city. A recent report from the D.C. Policy Center suggests that those investments…

January 31, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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All D.C. students deserve high-performing schools | Washington Post

On January 31, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, 2018-19 State of D.C. Schools, was highlighted in an op-ed in the Washington Post: Our once-struggling public schools now are beacons of innovation and improvement for the nation. A new report by the D.C. Policy Center shows how far we have come. As…

January 31, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony on the “Removing Barriers to Occupational Licensing for Returning Citizens Amendment Act of 2019”

Good morning, Chairman Allen and members of the Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety. My name is Yesim Sayin Taylor and I am the Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center, an independent, non-partisan think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia….

January 29, 2020 | Yesim Sayin
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D.C. law requiring identification of individuals behind LLCs takes effect | Washington Business Journal

On January 28, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Dr. Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the Washington Business Journal: Local real estate attorneys previously dubbed such a change “an administrative nightmare,” and it drew opposition from the D.C. Building Industry Association. Developers frequently rely on LLCs in acquiring and managing properties. Some worried…

January 28, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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D.C. Gains Momentum in Boosting Opportunities for Students | Education Week

On January 21, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center Education Policy Initiative Director, Chelsea Coffin, was quoted by Education Week: “I think [the expansion of pre-K] got a lot of momentum for families to stay,” said Chelsea Coffin, the director of the education policy initiative at the D.C. Policy Center, a nonpartisan think…

January 21, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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D.C. Gains Momentum in Boosting Opportunities for Students | Education Week

On January 21, 2020, the Director of the D.C. Policy Center Education Policy Initiative, Chelsea Coffin, was quoted by Education Week: “I think [the expansion of pre-K] got a lot of momentum for families to stay,” said Chelsea Coffin, the director of the education policy initiative at the D.C. Policy Center, a…

January 21, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Report: DC schools’ enrollment, test scores increase | Education Dive

On January 17, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, 2018-19 State of D.C. Schools, was cited by Education Dive: A report on Washington D.C. public schools by the D.C. Policy Center finds enrollment has increased steadily since 2010, after decades of decline. Between school years 2014-2015 and 2018-2019, enrollment for pre-K through 12th grade…

January 17, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Not all speed cameras are created equal | The Philadelphia Citizen

On January 17, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Predominately black neighborhoods in D.C. bear the brunt of automated traffic enforcement, was cited by The Philadelphia Citizen: My analysis of moving violation citations and crash data suggests that the racial geography of D.C. does play into the enforcement of traffic violations,” wrote…

January 17, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Morning Education | Politico

On January 17, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, 2018-19 State of D.C. Schools, was cited by Politico: More parents choose D.C.’s public schools over other alternatives, though achievement gaps persist for students of color, according to a new analysis from the D.C. Policy Center. Read more: Morning Education | Politico Related:…

January 17, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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How difficult will it be to make buildings in DC more energy efficient? It depends on the building. | Greater Greater Washington

On January 16, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: Multifamily affordable housing units are more difficult to find, as only 31% of the available housing units in the District were “potentially” affordable to families of four, according to a 2018 report…

January 16, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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D.C. Schools Show Improvement — But Also Persistent Challenges, Report Says | WAMU

On January 16, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, 2018-19 State of D.C. Schools, was cited by WAMU: Enrollment is growing in D.C. public schools and students are scoring higher on standardized tests, but the city school system remains deeply segregated and achievement gaps between student groups persist, according to a report…

January 16, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

State of D.C. Schools, 2018-19

ABOUT THIS REPORT This State of D.C. Schools report is a systemwide overview of education in D.C. meant to help local residents, and especially parents of current and future D.C. public school children, better understand where D.C.’s traditional public and public charter schools have made progress. The report also addresses where targeted…

January 16, 2020 | Chelsea Coffin
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This GIF Shows How The D.C. Area’s Demographics Have Changed Since 1970 | DCist

On January 14, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, How the region’s racial and ethnic demographics have changed since 1970, was cited by DCist: A new analysis published by the D.C. Policy Center visualizes just how the broader area’s demographics have changed over the past half-century or so. “In 1970, almost everyone lived in…

January 14, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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We’re #1 | 730 DC

On January 14, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, How the region’s racial and ethnic demographics have changed since 1970, was cited by 730 DC: The gentrification #DontMuteDC fights is connected with the diversification of DC’s suburbs, a long process visualized and historicized by DC Policy Center. Read more: We’re #1 | 730 DC Related:…

January 14, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

How the spatial distribution of education levels in the region has changed since 1970

Previously: How the D.C. area’s population density has changed since 1970; How household incomes in the D.C. area have changed since 1980; How the region’s racial and ethnic demographics have changed since 1970 In November, I found that the spatial distribution of wealth in the D.C. area has remained relatively constant over…

January 14, 2020 | D.W. Rowlands
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These maps show how racial demographics have changed in the region since 1970 | Greater Greater Washington

On January 13, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Fellow D.W. Rowlands’ article, How the region’s racial and ethnic demographics have changed since 1970, was crossposted at Greater Greater Washington. Read more: These maps show how racial demographics have changed in the region since 1970 | Greater Greater Washington

January 13, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center

How the region’s racial and ethnic demographics have changed since 1970

Previously: How the D.C. area’s population density has changed since 1970; How household incomes in the D.C. area have changed since 1980 Today, the Washington region is known for having very diverse suburbs, including Prince George’s County, the largest suburban county with a majority of Black residents in the country. However, 50…

January 13, 2020 | D.W. Rowlands
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Is Exercise Now A Luxury Item In D.C.? | WAMU

On January 6, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Physical activity and gym access by neighborhood in D.C., was cited by WAMU: Physical activity levels tend to vary widely throughout the city, with the lowest rates in Wards 7 and 8. In those two wards — which also have the most residents living below…

January 6, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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NoVa Kicked Maryland Butt in Job Growth Last Year | Bacon’s Rebellion

On January 6, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by Bacon’s Rebellion: Thus, Northern Virginia has experienced an influx of corporate headquarters with no connection whatsoever to defense, intelligence or IT — Hilton Hotels, Volkswagen USA, and Nestle USA. Meanwhile, Maryland lost Discovery and had to fight…

January 6, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Northern Virginia’s economic growth risks leaving Maryland suburbs behind | Washington Post

On January 4, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the Washington Post: “When large headquarters move to the metropolitan area, they almost never consider Maryland and D.C.,” said Yesim Sayin Taylor, executive director of the D.C. Policy Center. “They invariably locate in Northern Virginia, and that’s…

January 4, 2020 | D.C. Policy Center
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Here’s the best way to build a Purple Line link between Bethesda and Tysons | Greater Greater Washington

On December 27, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The best way to build a Purple Line link between Bethesda and Tysons, was cross-posted by Greater Greater Washington. Read more: Here’s the best way to build a Purple Line link between Bethesda and Tysons | Greater Greater Washington Related: The best way…

December 27, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

New database of D.C. Planned Unit Developments (PUDs)

D.C.’s Planned Unit Development (PUD) process allows developers to gain additional height and density for a project (beyond what they could build matter of right) in exchange for delivering additional public benefits back to the community. The specific level and types of benefits are driven by a conversation with the community, generally…

December 19, 2019 | Nick Sementelli
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D.C. Ranks Among The Country’s Fittest Cities, Yet There’s A Dearth Of Gyms In Wards 7 And 8 | DCist

On December 18, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Physical activity and gym access by neighborhood in D.C., was cited by DCist: The divide between the District’s most active and least active neighborhoods is stark, as illustrated by data from the 500 Cities Project and analyzed by the D.C. Policy Center in 2017. The…

December 18, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Liberal Guilt Is Officials’ Latest Tool To Build More Affordable Housing In D.C.’s Wealthiest Ward | DCist

On December 10, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Single-family zoning and neighborhood characteristics in the District of Columbia, was cited by DCist: Bowser has not proposed banning single-family zoning, which takes up three-quarters of all tax lots in the city, according to the D.C. Policy Center. “It would not be popular” in…

December 10, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Roughly 36 percent of D.C.’s rental housing units are rent-stabilized

Over 35 years after the enactment of the Rental Housing Act of 1985, the number of rent-stabilized units in D.C. has held up relatively well. According to D.C. Policy Center estimates based on publicly available tax data and proprietary data from CoStar, D.C. currently has close to 75,000 rent-stabilized housing units spread…

December 4, 2019 | Yesim Sayin
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DC students face violence and transit delays on their commute to school | Greater Greater Washington

On November 25, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Access to schools that level the playing field for D.C.’s at-risk students, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: On July 9, 2019 At-Large Councilmember David Grosso introduced the Safe Passage to School Expansion Act, which would create an Office of Safe Passage and provide shuttle buses…

November 25, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Testimony from Chelsea Coffin on schools that level the playing field for at-risk students

On November 22, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Director of the Education Policy Initiative Chelsea Coffin testified before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education. Download this testimony. Read the underlying D.C. Policy Center article, “Access to schools that level the playing field for D.C.’s at-risk students”

November 22, 2019 | Chelsea Coffin

The economic costs of land use regulations

Land is among the most valuable assets in the United States, and its value is a function of how we use land and what we build on it. According to one study, the value of all land in the lower 48 states is estimated at about 1.4 times the nation’s Gross Domestic…

November 22, 2019 | Yesim Sayin
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District Links: AG Karl Racine hires recent defense atty for Rayful Edmond III | The DC Line

On November 15, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The impact of occupational licensing requirements in D.C., was cited by The DC Line’s District Links newsletter: REPORT – ‘The impact of occupational licensing requirements in D.C.’ D.C. Policy Center’s Yesim Sayin Taylor: “The District of Columbia has many factors in its favor making it…

November 15, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony from Executive Director Yesim Sayin on the Rental Housing Act Extension Amendment Act of 2019

On November 13, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified on B23-433: the “Rental Housing Act Extension Amendment Act of 2019” before the D.C. Council Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization. Download this testimony.

November 13, 2019 | Yesim Sayin
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These maps show how incomes have changed in the region since 1980 | Greater Greater Washington

On November 13, 2019, Fellow D.W. Rowlands’ article on the region’s changing incomes was cross-posted on Greater Greater Washington. Read more: These maps show how incomes have changed in the region since 1980 | Greater Greater Washington

November 13, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

How household incomes in the D.C. area have changed since 1980

Although the spatial distribution of wealth in the D.C. area has remained relatively constant over the past 40 years, with the richest neighborhoods stretching to the northwest on both banks of the Potomac and the poorest neighborhoods inside the Beltway east of 16th Street NW, the number of very rich and very…

November 13, 2019 | D.W. Rowlands
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Tuesday Morning Notes | Tysons Reporter

On November 12, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C. is behind the rest of metropolitan area in business ownership rates for women, was cited in the Tysons Reporter links roundup, Tuesday Morning Notes: Women-Owned Businesses Booming in Falls Church — “Across the Washington metropolitan area, the highest rates of business ownership for…

November 12, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

The impact of occupational licensing requirements in D.C.

The District of Columbia has many factors in its favor making it attractive to workers: high average wages, a variety of employer benefits, strong worker protections, and relatively short commute times. At the same time, the concentration of D.C.’s employment opportunities in high-skill, high-paying jobs means that there are few opportunities for…

November 12, 2019 | Yesim Sayin
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D.C. battle looms on spending, taxes | Washington Blade

On November 8, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s 2019 State of Business Report was cited by the Washington Blade: While the D.C. economy is stable and remains a strong employment center in the region, the city is struggling to retain the small and moderate size businesses generated during recent boom years. In…

November 8, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Should you move to Washington, D.C.? | Curbed DC

On November 8, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Growing labor demand in D.C. is driving up wages, was cited by Curbed DC: If you’re thinking about moving to D.C., think hard. Employment opportunities abound, but living costs are high. The weather can get brutally hot in the summer (don’t even get us started on…

November 8, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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The Barras Report: DC Policy Center

On November 7, 2019, D.C. Policy Center executive director Yesim Sayin Taylor was interviewed on The Barras Report: See more: The Barras Report: DC Policy Center

November 7, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Small Business Owners Press D.C. Lawmakers For Financial Relief

On November 7, 2019, D.C. Policy Center executive director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s testimony to the D.C. Council was cited by WAMU: At one point during the hearing, economist Yesim Sayin Taylor contended that McDuffie and Allen’s bills would amount to little more than bandage solutions if larger changes aren’t made to the city’s business…

November 7, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony from Executive Director Yesim Sayin on the Small and Local Business Assistance Amendment Act of 2019

On November 6, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified on B23-404, B23-439, B23-438, and B23-432: the “Small and Local Business Assistance Amendment Act of 2019” (and related bills) before the D.C. Council Committee on Business & Economic Development. Download this testimony. Read the underlying D.C. Policy Center publication, 2019…

November 6, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

Hate Crimes in D.C.

2018 was a record setting year for hate crimes in the District of Columbia, and the number reported continues to rise this year: 108 hate crimes were reported to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) during the first half of 2019, 30 percent more than the same period for last year.[1] About half…

November 6, 2019 | Shirin Arslan
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District Links: New report on deadly row house fire; NYT article on inaccurate breathalyzers mentions DC police; and more | The DC Line

On November 4, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C. is hard to count. Here’s where officials could target efforts for the 2020 Census., was cited in The DC Line’s District Links newsletter: REPORT – ‘D.C. is hard to count. Here’s where officials could target efforts for the 2020 Census.’ D.C. Policy Center’s Mike…

November 4, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. is hard to count. Here’s where officials could target efforts for the 2020 Census.

There’s a lot riding on the 2020 Census. The federal government uses census data to allocate more than $6 billion in annual funding to the District of Columbia for Medicaid, schools, food assistance and dozens of other programs. Across the Washington metropolitan area, the same population totals and decennial count results further…

November 4, 2019 | Mike Maciag
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Is Barry Farm a historic landmark? An upcoming ruling will shape the fate of redevelopment plans. | Washington Business Journal

On October 29, 2019, fellow Sarah Shoenfeld’s article, The history and evolution of Anacostia’s Barry Farm was linked by the Washington Business Journal: For the activists pressing for the historic designation, a vote in their favor would represent a major victory in forcing the developers to better honor the property’s history — in 1867,…

November 1, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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D.C. officials order changes to Barry Farm redevelopment plans to better honor the property’s history | Washington Business Journal

On October 31, 2019, fellow Sarah Shoenfeld’s article, The history and evolution of Anacostia’s Barry Farm was linked by the Washington Business Journal: However, a majority of the nine-member board did signal that they’d be willing to approve that request, if the developers can’t rearrange their plans to better honor the property’s…

October 31, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Announcing the Wilkes Fellowship and the Wilkes Scholars program

Today the D.C. Policy Center is launching the Wilkes Fellowship and the Wilkes Scholars program, which will support original research to be conducted by a current or recent graduate student in an area of current interest and importance to the Policy Center. Established by a generous gift from The Wilkes Company, the…

October 31, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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GAME-CHANGER: The Nationals won it all. D.C. achieved sports town status. What does it mean for business? | Washington Business Journal

On October 31, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center executive director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by Washington Business Journal: D.C. collects anywhere from $40 million to $65 million per year for its “ballpark fund” to afford those payments, budget documents show. Taxes on Nats tickets and concessions generate anywhere from $15 million…

October 31, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Wilkes Fellowship Application Instructions

About the Wilkes Fellowship The D.C. Policy Center is launching the Wilkes Fellowship program, which will support original research to be conducted by a current or recent graduate student in an area of current interest and importance to the Policy Center. Supported by a generous gift from The Wilkes Company, the Wilkes…

October 31, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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The Comp Plan guides DC’s growth. Here’s what proposed updates say about housing. | Greater Greater Washington

On October 31, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: Other worthwhile additions include: A strong acknowledgement that new construction has favored one-bedroom units over multifamily units (though it’s necessary to build more smaller units as well to free up family-sized…

October 31, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. is behind the rest of metropolitan area in business ownership rates for women

October is National Women’s Small Business Month. Only 8 percent of business establishments in the District of Columbia with five or more employees are owned by women, as we wrote in the 2019 State of Business report. D.C. has lower shares of businesses owned by women than almost any other jurisdiction in…

October 30, 2019 | Kathryn Zickuhr, Yesim Sayin
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Hill Buzz 488 | The Hill is Home

On October 29, 2019, Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s article, Land Value Tax: Can it work in the District? was cited in a link roundup on The Hill is Home: An interesting blog post from the DC Policy Center on Land Value Tax and what difference it could make. Read more: Hill Buzz | The Hill…

October 29, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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It isn’t baseball that unites Washington. It’s the chant: ‘Lock him up!’ | Washington Post

On October 28, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Made in D.C.: Which areas have the highest share of D.C.-born residents, was cited by the Washington Post: To be fair, recent census data shows that the majority of current D.C. residents are, indeed, transplants. Only about 28 percent of adults living in D.C….

October 28, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

New D.C. education data show how school choice plays out across wards

This post originally appeared on the Urban Institute’s Greater DC blog.   D.C.’s school choice policies allow families to send their children to schools outside their neighborhood boundaries, and more than three-quarters of D.C. students attend a school that isn’t their in-boundary or neighborhood school. Some of those students go to school…

October 25, 2019 | Megan Gallagher, Chelsea Coffin
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Changes to D.C.’s comp plan could help Bowser approach her big housing goals. Here’s how. | Washington Business Journal

On October 22, 2019, D.C. Policy Center executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the Washington Business Journal: “Lots of people are saying ‘where’s the money to build it?’ But that’s far less important … because the resources are in the land,” said Yesim Taylor, executive director of business-backed think tank…

October 22, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Tuesday’s Must Reads | UrbanTurf

On October 22, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Land Value Tax: Can it Work in the District?, was featured by Urban Turf’s links roundup: A DC land value tax would accelerate density where it exists, not where it doesn’t. — (Y.S. Taylor/DCPC) Read more: Tuesday’s Must Reads | UrbanTurf Related: Land Value Tax:…

October 22, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Land Value Tax – Appendix

How did we use the zoning standards to determine where zoning is restrictive or permissive? D.C.’s zoning standards are complicated. Each zone under the standards allow for multiple types of buildings. Some of the distinctions in building type have to do with use (is it a church or a house?), some with…

October 21, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

Land Value Tax: Can it Work in the District?

The idea of imposing a “land value tax” in the District pops up from time to time. Rick Rybeck at Just Economics has been promoting land value taxes for as far as I could remember. Both the 2013 Tax Revision Commission (here) and the 1997 Tax Revision Commission (here) gave consideration to…

October 21, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

More difficult to get a spot at D.C.’s leveler schools

The recent D.C. Policy Center report, Access to schools that level the playing field for D.C.’s at-risk students, examined where in the city at-risk students have the shortest commutes to “leveler schools”—schools with the very highest growth for at-risk students.[1] About a third of the population under 18 lives within a typical…

October 17, 2019 | Chelsea Coffin
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Here’s where D.C. — and a N. Va. city — rank among U.S. cities for tax rates, ease of doing business | Washington Business Journal

On October 15, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, State of Business 2019: Building a Competitive City, was cited by the Washington Business Journal: In D.C., the tax burden on businesses has long been a subject of consternation, playing a role in driving businesses to flee to the Northern Virginia suburbs in…

October 15, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Can Land Trusts Keep D.C. Living Accessible? | Kojo Nnamdi Show

On October 10, 2019, Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor discussed community land trusts as a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show: The cost of living in Washington, D.C. is on the rise and longtime residents are getting priced out of their homes and neighborhoods. The Douglass Community Land Trust recently made its first property…

October 10, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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District Links | The DC Line

On October 4, 2019 the D.C. Policy Center-produced report, 2019 State of Business: Building a Competitive City, was cited by The DC Line’s District Links roundup: NEW – The DC Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 State of Business Report is out, produced by the D.C. Policy Center. The full 56-page report focuses on how the District…

October 4, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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D.C. remains a strong jobs center, but business leaders warn that companies are still fleeing at an alarming rate | Washington Business Journal

On October 4, 2019, the 2019 State of Business Report written by the D.C. Policy Center was featured by the Washington Business Journal: According to a report prepared for the event by the business-backed D.C. Policy Center, the District added more than 5,000 new companies between 2010 and 2018, a 15% increase. But…

October 4, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

How can D.C. become more competitive within the Washington metropolitan area?

This article is adapted from the 2019 State of the Business Report, “Building a Competitive City: Strengths, weaknesses, and potential paths of growth for the District of Columbia,” prepared by the D.C. Policy Center for the DC Chamber of Commerce.     INTRODUCTION: INTRA-REGIONAL DYNAMICS IN THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria,…

October 4, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

2019 State of Business Report: Building a Competitive City

ABSTRACT The Washington metropolitan area is one of the top regions in the country for economic innovation, entrepreneurship, and high-growth firms. Within the metropolitan area, however, jurisdictions experience different economic outcomes because of the decisions they make that affect the flow of businesses, workers, and residents across their borders. These forces are…

October 4, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Women Who Mean Business: Yesim Sayin Taylor (Video) | Washington Business Journal

On October 3, 2019, Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was featured as a member of the 2019 class of Women Who Mean Business by Washington Business Journal: Back in her days working for the D.C. government, Yesim Sayin Taylor remembers thinking that the business community all too often came forward with the same repetitive…

October 3, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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News from around the 50 states | USA Today

On October 2, 2019, the the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Access to schools that level the playing field for D.C.’s at-risk students,  was cited by USA Today: A new report on school access by the D.C. Policy Center shows hundreds of students can’t physically get to the school that would best suit…

October 2, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Making Black history matter in public space | Brookings

On October 2, 2019, two D.C. Policy Center articles were cited by the Brookings Institution: The demolition of a public housing complex in the nation’s capital has sparked a fight over something more than displacement and gentrification: It has come to represent a larger struggle over the preservation of Black history, culture,…

October 2, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Where The D.C. Schools That Help At-Risk Kids Are — And Aren’t | Kojo Nnamdi Show

On October 2, 2019, Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin discussed the D.C. Policy Center report Access to schools that level the playing field for D.C.’s at-risk students, as a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show: About half of students in D.C. charter and traditional public schools are labeled “at-risk,” meaning they…

October 2, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Breakfast links: Convert vacant offices into housing? A new report throws a damper on the idea | Greater Greater Washington

On October 1, 2019, coverage of the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Access to schools that level the playing field for D.C.’s at-risk students, was featured in Greater Greater Washington’s Breakfast Links roundup: Many at-risk DC students live far from help: Many DC neighborhoods with the highest concentration of at-risk students are without easy…

October 1, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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District Line Daily: “Kids Know It’s Not Right.” | Washington City Paper

On September 30, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Access to schools that level the playing field for D.C.’s at-risk students, was cited by Washington City Paper: New study explores how hard it is to travel to schools that help close the achievement gap for at-risk students. [D.C. Policy Center] Read more:…

September 30, 2019 |
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At-risk students in DC don’t have access to the schools they need, according to new study | WUSA 9

On September 30, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Access to schools that level the playing field for D.C.’s at-risk students, was covered by WUSA 9: Now, a new report by the D.C. Policy Center on school access shows hundreds of students can’t even get to the school that would best suit…

September 30, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Many Of D.C.’s At-Risk Students Are Too Far Away From The Schools Most Likely To Help Them | DCist

On September 30, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Access to schools that level the playing field for D.C.’s at-risk students, was covered by DCist: Several public elementary and middle schools in D.C. have a strong track record of helping students classified as at-risk improve their learning outcomes—but many neighborhoods with the…

September 30, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Access to schools that level the playing field for D.C.’s at-risk students

Test scores have improved for D.C. students in recent years, even taking into account demographic shifts in the city’s public school students.[1] However, achievement gaps persist by race and ethnicity, special education and English learner needs, and at-risk status. Access to high-quality schools—schools with strong academic outcomes and the student support systems…

September 30, 2019 | Chelsea Coffin

Even for early grades, there is a weak link between where families live and where students attend school

Since the mid-2000s, the District of Columbia has experienced a population boom accompanied by rising housing values—and, in recent years, more students in public schools. In most cities with similar population growth, housing prices rise in tandem with the number of school-age children in neighborhoods with schools that are perceived as high-quality….

September 26, 2019 | Chelsea Coffin
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With costs ever rising, D.C. lawmakers introduce rent and tax bills to help small businesses stay put | Washington Business Journal

On September 18, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by the Washington Business Journal: Yesim Taylor, the executive director of the business-backed D.C. Policy Center, is similarly bullish on the legislation’s potential to help companies “facing ever-thinning margins and steep competition from electronic commerce.” But she…

September 18, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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The Past, Present, And (Potential) Future Of D.C. Statehood, Explained | DCist

On September 18, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Twenty years after the Revitalization Act, the District of Columbia is a different city, was cited by DCist: But there is one other element of the court system that does have a connection to statehood: D.C. is the only jurisdiction where a U.S….

September 18, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Letter to the Editor: Dress codes are worth it in the long run | Tulsa World

On September 18, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Landscape of Diversity in D.C. Public Schools, was cited by Tulsa World: Columnist Ginnie Graham’s piece used a report issued by the National Women’s Law Center that analyzed dress codes and violations among 21 Washington, D.C. public schools and charter schools. A D.C. Policy Center report in…

September 18, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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1,100 Units, Retail and a Two Acre Park: The Latest Plans for Barry Farm | Urban Turf

On September 6, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The history and evolution of Anacostia’s Barry Farm, was cited by Urban Turf: The Historic Preservation Review Board is expected to rule later this month on whether to grant landmark status to the remaining units at Barry Farm. Earlier this week, development partner…

September 6, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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District Links | The DC Line

On September 6, 2019 the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Building the ecosystem for Black women entrepreneurs in D.C., was cited by The DC Line’s District Links roundup: “Just 18 percent of all business establishments in D.C. are reported to be owned solely by women, and only 27 percent are owned by people…

September 6, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Cities Are Changing As Young People Stay For Longer | Newsy

On September 5, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin was interviewed by Newsy: “I see it the most in housing developments that are ongoing in the pipeline. We really are seeing a lot more one- and two-bedroom units being built and not as much family housing.” Coffin said….

September 5, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Building the ecosystem for Black women entrepreneurs in D.C.

Black women across the U.S. are starting businesses at six times the national average. According to a 2018 report commissioned by American Express, there are 2.4 million businesses owned by Black women nationally, and Black women actually have higher shares of business ownership than Black men.[1] Yet at the same time, Black…

September 5, 2019 | Shelly Bell
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With more choice, DC families are unlinking their housing and school decisions | Greater Greater Washington

On September 4, 2019 the D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C.’s disconnect between citywide enrollment growth and neighborhood change, was covered by Greater Greater Washington: A new report from the DC Policy Center shows that school-aged populations and school enrollment in the District’s neighborhoods are “decoupling.” While demand for high-quality schools has historically driven…

September 4, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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DC residents launch a city-wide tenant union in hopes to foster solidarity across the District | Streetsense

On August 29, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Made in D.C.: Which areas have the highest share of D.C.-born residents, was cited by Streetsense: In the 1950s, the Southwest part of D.C. underwent huge gentrification that forced 23,000 people to be relocated into public housing east of the Anacostia River, said…

August 29, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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‘Going to bed hungry’: the harrowing reality of poor children living in DC | the Guardian

On August 29, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Income inequality and economic mobility in D.C., was cited by the Guardian: Muthiah’s organization serves roughly 400,000 individuals in the DC region, about a third of whom are children, and she said her group has witnessed the effects of growing inequity in the…

August 29, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Citywide enrollment growth is strong but disconnected from neighborhood change | The DC Line

On August 28, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s Chelsea Coffin authored a commentary published by The DC Line: The 2019-20 school year will mark the 12th enrollment increase in a row for DC’s traditional public and public charter schools. This year, the city’s schools are expected to add 2,800 students to classes…

August 28, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C.’s disconnect between enrollment growth and neighborhood change

The D.C. Policy Center report “D.C.’s disconnect between citywide enrollment growth and neighborhood change” examines changes in enrollment, school-age population, and housing values, finding that although these three are growing in parallel for the city, they are not linked neighborhood by neighborhood. Download the report as a PDF here. The District of…

August 26, 2019 | Chelsea Coffin
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D.C. Attorney General Settles With Company That Wouldn’t Install Windows East Of The River | DCist

On August 21, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Discriminatory housing practices in the District: A brief history, was cited by DCist: She asked a friend to call the company back with a Capitol Hill zip code instead. When the customer service representative approved the request for service, Morgan decided to alert…

August 21, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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New D.C. Development Guidelines Require More Consideration of Walkability | Planetizen

On August 17, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Transportation is more than traffic: Measuring the impact of development on walkability, was cited by Planetizen: “In June, the D.C. Department of Transportation published new guidelines for reviewing the transportation impacts of major real estate developments,” according to an article by D. Taylor Reich. “These new guidelines…

August 17, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Today’s Headlines | Streetsblog CAL

On August 15, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Transportation is more than traffic: Measuring the impact of development on walkability, was cited by Streetsblog CAL’s links roundup: Transportation is more than traffic: Measuring walkability (D.C. Policy Center) Read more: Today’s Headlines | Streetsblog CAL Related: Transportation is more than traffic: Measuring…

August 15, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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These new development rules are made for walking | Greater Greater Washington

On August 15, 2019, a version of the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Transportation is more than traffic: Measuring the impact of development on walkability, was crossposted at Greater Greater Washington. Read more: These new development rules are made for walking | Greater Greater Washington Related: Transportation is more than traffic: Measuring the impact…

August 15, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Transportation is more than traffic: Measuring the impact of development on walkability

D.C. has expanded the way it evaluates developments’ impact on walkability. What does that mean, why does it matter, and how could the evaluation be even more nuanced?   Major real estate developments change the walkability of a neighborhood. Not only do new developments create new destinations that people walk to, they…

August 15, 2019 | D. Taylor Reich
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Suburban sprawl has increased in the D.C. area since 1970: study | Curbed DC

On August 13, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, How the D.C. area’s population density has changed since 1970, was cited by Curbed DC: The population density of the D.C. region has gone up but also spread farther out during the past half-century, according to a recent analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by…

August 13, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Grassroots groups and growers east of the Anacostia defy the ‘food desert’ label | Greater Greater Washington

On August 13 2019, a map from the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The history of Deanwood’s local foodscape, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: Map reprinted from DC Policy Center: “Grocery stores operating in Deanwood between 1925 and 1960. This map was created based on stores that were reported in the Overbeck oral history interviews…

August 13, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Monday’s Must Reads | UrbanTurf

On August 12, 2019, Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s visualization of housing types and density in Ward 3 vs Ward 6 was cited in a link roundup on UrbanTurf. Read more: Monday’s Must Reads | UrbanTurf Related: D.C. single family neighborhood density: Ward 3 versus Ward 6 | D.C. Policy Center

August 12, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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A tool meant to help minorities buy homes is instead speeding up gentrification in D.C. | Washington Post

On August 9, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, A decade of demographic change in D.C.: Which neighborhoods have changed the most?, was cited in the Washington Post: Yet Washington is also the most rapidly gentrifying metropolitan area in the United States. Since 2000, 22 percent of D.C. census tracts have seen a large…

August 9, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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See the difference density makes in these two parts of the District | Greater Greater Washington

On August 8, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, D.C. single family neighborhood density: Ward 3 versus Ward 6, was crossposted by Greater Greater Washington. Read more: See the difference density makes in these two parts of the District | Greater Greater Washington Related: D.C. single family neighborhood density: Ward 3 versus Ward 6…

August 8, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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Systemic Inequality: Displacement, Exclusion, and Segregation | Center for American Progress

On August 8 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Goodbye to Chocolate City, was cited by a Center for American Progress report, Systemic Inequality: Displacement, Exclusion, and Segregation: Nowhere are the effects of gentrification more noticeable than the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Between 1970 and 2015, Black residents declined from 71 percent of…

August 8, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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How DC can build more homes in exclusive neighborhoods around Rock Creek Park | Greater Greater Washington

On August 1, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Single-family zoning and neighborhood characteristics in the District of Columbia, was cited in Greater Greater Washington: Conveniently, where the framework element says you should build, and where it says you should conserve character, roughly tracks with where in the city you are legally…

August 1, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center
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These beautiful maps show how the region’s population density changed since 1970 | Greater Greater Washington

On July 26, 2019, Fellow D.W. Rowlands’ article on the region’s changing population density was cross-posted on Greater Greater Washington. Read more: These beautiful maps show how the region’s population density changed since 1970 | Greater Greater Washington

July 31, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Hill Buzz 475 | The Hill is Home

On July 30 2019, Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s visualization of housing types and density in Ward 3 vs Ward 6 was cited in a link roundup on The Hill is Home. Read more: Hill Buzz | The Hill is Home Related: D.C. single family neighborhood density: Ward 3 versus Ward 6 | D.C….

July 31, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Opioid Epidemic Worsens in DC Region | Streetsense

On July 30, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center was cited in Streetsense: The D.C. Policy Center says that Naloxone is safe and easy to use. In fact, it is being used in other states to help reduce the opioid-related fatalities. Every day, over 130 Americans are dying due to a drug overdose….

July 31, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Dear Gentrifiers: Stop putting your restaurants in historically black neighborhoods if you can’t respect the culture | EATER

On July 30, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Goodbye to Chocolate City, was cited by EATER: Over countless happy hours, brunches, and love affairs with men who almost always attended Howard University, I became something of an adult in the five years I spent living in what was then lovingly known…

July 30, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. single family neighborhood density: Ward 3 versus Ward 6

Ward 3 and Ward 6 both include some of the most highly-valued residential neighborhoods in the District. Both are predominately composed of single-family homes, as shown in the maps above, yet the look and feel of each ward is strikingly different. Most of Ward 3 (shown in blue in the chart below)…

July 29, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

District Line Daily: Yes, we sent you this newsletter at 11:00 a.m. on purpose. | Washington City Paper

On July 26, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Implementing the NEAR Act to reduce violence in D.C., was cited by Washington City Paper: Invest in a community-based approach—namely the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act. Rachel Usdan of Moms Demand Action’s D.C. chapter and April Goggans, the core organizer for Black Lives Matter DC, independently…

July 26, 2019 |

How the D.C. area’s population density has changed since 1970

Historical distributions of population in the D.C. metro area   D.C.’s population growth has slowed since the 2009 boom ten years ago, but the population still continues to climb. In December, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that D.C.’s population reached 702,455, officially passing the 700,000 mark. As District Measured has noted, D.C.’s…

July 24, 2019 | D.W. Rowlands

The devaluation of black neighborhoods: Part 1 | City Observatory

On July 23, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The Great Sort: Part III, was cited by City Observatory: The exit of upwardly mobile black households from majority black neighborhoods has increased economic polarization according to David Rusk of the D.C. Policy Center.  Similarly, the relatively low prices of homes in majority black…

July 23, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

District Line Daily: House is not a Home | Washington City Paper

On July 18, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Single-family zoning and neighborhood characteristics in the District of Columbia, was cited by Washington City Paper: To increase housing supply in D.C., rethink single-family zoning. [D.C. Policy Center] Read more: District Line Daily: House is not a Home | Washington City Paper Related:…

July 18, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

District Line Daily: House is not a Home | Washington City Paper

On July 18, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Single-family zoning and neighborhood characteristics in the District of Columbia, was cited by Washington City Paper: To increase housing supply in D.C., rethink single-family zoning. [D.C. Policy Center] Read more: District Line Daily: House is not a Home | Washington City Paper Related:…

July 18, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

To expand affordable housing, D.C. should reform single-family zoning: analysis | Curbed DC

On July 17, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Single-family zoning and neighborhood characteristics in the District of Columbia, was cited by Curbed DC: As the District advances changes to its long-term framework for development, a new report by a local think tank is calling for changes to the city’s zoning rules that would make way…

July 18, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Single-family zoning and neighborhood characteristics in the District of Columbia

Last December, Minneapolis did away with single-family zoning, permitting three-family homes in each lot, abolishing parking minimums, and allowing high-density buildings along transit corridors. In March, Seattle upzoned many of its neighborhoods, including eliminating single-family zoning in some areas. Then came Oregon, which, in late June, passed legislation to eliminate single-family zoning…

July 17, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

Controversial Sports Betting Contract Wins D.C. Council Approval | DCist

On July 10, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Implementing the NEAR Act to reduce violence in D.C., was cited by DCist: After a Supreme Court decision last year overturned a federal law that largely banned sports betting, states across the country lined up to set up their own legal programs and…

July 10, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Does renters insurance cover flood damage? | WUSA 9

On July 9, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center was cited by WUSA 9: Southeast D.C. has more people renting homes or apartments than any other quadrant, according the think tank D.C. Policy Center. The region was also hit hard during torrential flooding on Monday — but what happens if you’re a renter…

July 10, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

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The history and evolution of Anacostia’s Barry Farm

In 1867, the federal government purchased a 375-acre site in Anacostia, later known as Hillsdale, and as Barry’s or Barry Farm (more recently as Barry Farms) for the settlement of African Americans after the Civil War. The isolated community was self-contained by design, requiring residents not only to demand the installation of…

July 9, 2019 | Sarah Shoenfeld

D.C. Policy Center Announces Major Initiative: “Competitiveness and Business Dynamics: A Study of the Changing Role of the District in the Washington Metropolitan Area”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Aimee Custis Director of External Relations aimee@dcpolicycenter.org (202) 223-2233 ext. 306 July 8, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The D.C. Policy Center announced today that it is embarking on a major research project on regional business patterns and overarching competitive dynamics in the Washington metropolitan area. The research, a…

July 8, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

New survey data show D.C. employment is underperforming compared to the region

Last week, we published an analysis of employment trends in the region based on administrative data firms file with the Unemployment Insurance program, known as the Quarterly Survey of Employment and Wages (QSEW). This analysis showed that in 2018, the District outperformed the surrounding jurisdictions in employment. On June 21, the Bureau of…

June 28, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

Where the wealth is in the Washington region, so is the exclusion | Greater Greater Washington

On June 25, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Concentrated Poverty – The Critical Mass, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: The Washington, DC, metropolitan area is consistently ranked as one of the most well-off in the country. Some rankings have even found that half of the top 10 highest-income counties in the country surround the…

June 25, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C.’s Sports Betting Revenue Was Set To Go To Early Childhood Education And Violence Prevention. Now It’s Not. | WAMU

On June 20, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Implementing the NEAR Act to reduce violence in D.C., was cited by WAMU: But passage was never a certainty. There’s a long history of attempts in D.C. to legalize gambling in one form or another, and they have largely been derailed by community…

June 20, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Growing labor demand in D.C. is driving up wages

Recent reports increasingly point to a slowdown in the Washington regional economy, slower hiring in the District, and stronger private sector employment in the city. A deeper dive into jurisdictional differences across the metropolitan Washington area show that the District’s role in the region as an employment center is indeed growing. When…

June 19, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

Metro to study Blue, Orange, and Silver lines for potential improvements | Curbed DC

On June 18, 2019, Fellow Ethan Finlan’s article on Metro’s ridership crisis was cited by Curbed DC: Another reason Blue, Orange, and Silver line trains can be crowded: scheduled repair work. Four Blue Line stations in Virginia are currently shuttered for repairs through September 8. A 2018 report by the D.C. Policy Center, meanwhile, found…

June 18, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Why we don’t support traffic enforcement | Our Streets MPLS

On June 18, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Predominately black neighborhoods in D.C. bear the brunt of automated traffic enforcement, was cited by Our Streets MPLS: Washington D.C. adopted Vision Zero in 2015. The City went into Vision Zero with black residents making up 70% of traffic related arrests, despite making…

June 18, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony from Chelsea Coffin on the Master Facilities Plan Approval Resolution of 2019

On June 5, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Director of the Education Policy Initiative Chelsea Coffin testified on PR23-0193, The “Master Facilities Plan Approval Resolution of 2019” before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education. Download this testimony. Read the underlying D.C. Policy Center essay “Enrollment still expected to increase…

June 6, 2019 | Chelsea Coffin

5 questions for Bowser’s new health care commission | Washington Business Journal

On June 6, D.C Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a Washington Business Journal article on the Bowser Administration’s newly announced health commission: “I’m not sure if this is the most efficient way for the District to move forward, trying to breathe life into hospitals that aren’t breathing…

June 6, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Pharmacy access varies greatly across D.C.

The D.C. Council spent a significant amount of time discussing health access, especially access to hospitals, during budget deliberations this past month. We wondered: how does access to pharmacies—one of the simplest and most basic form of health care—vary across the city?   Pharmacies are an important link between hospitals, doctors, and patients. Pharmacies can expand the reach of preventative services in communities with less access to…

June 3, 2019 | Yesim Sayin, Kathryn Zickuhr

D.C. residents confront ‘stark disparities’ in pharmacy access, analysis finds | Curbed DC

On June 3, 2019, Curbed D.C.’s Andrew Giambrone covered the D.C. Policy Center analysis of pharmacy access: Obtaining medication and other healthcare products at traditional pharmacies appears to be more difficult east of the Anacostia River than west, according to a new report by local think tank D.C. Policy Center (DCPC). Citing…

June 3, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

DC Council sidesteps financial responsibility | The DC Line

On May 30, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a The DC Line commentary on the 2019 D.C. budget: “That was just a distraction, however. Legislators didn’t address the fundamental problems with Bowser’s 2020 budget proposal. They supported her decision to increase taxes in a budget document…

May 30, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

In Increasingly Expensive D.C., A Longtime Black Bookstore Looks For Tax Relief | DCist

On May 29, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a DCist article on tax abatements for small D.C. businesses: “Both Sankofa and Players Lounge “mean something for the customers,” says Yesim Sayin Taylor, the executive director of the D.C. Policy Center. “I think that’s one of…

May 29, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Increasing Housing Supply and Attainability: Improving Rules & Engagement to Build More Housing | ULI Washington

In May 2019, a D.C. Policy Center map of the types of housing stock in D.C. from the report Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock was published in ULI Washington’s Increasing Housing Supply and Attainability: Read more: Increasing Housing Supply and Attainability: Improving Rules & Engagement to Build More Housing | ULI…

May 24, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Our children know they’re attending segregated schools. We need policies that will bring equitable integration. | The DC Line

On May 23, 2019, D.C. Policy Center’s report, Landscape of Diversity in D.C. Public Schools was cited in a commentary on The DC Line on school segregation: “As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ruled racial school segregation unconstitutional, a new study from the Civil Rights Project at the…

May 23, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Bowser and D.C. Council offer competing visions on affordable-housing crisis | Washington Post

On May 22, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a Washington Post article on affordable housing funding in the 2019 D.C. budget: “Yesim Sayin Taylor of the D.C. Policy Center, a centrist think tank, said rental vouchers can be looked at as an operating subsidy for…

May 22, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Rule-Breaking You’re Not Allowed to Notice | American Renaissance

On May 21, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, A decade of demographic change in D.C.: Which neighborhoods have changed the most?, was cited by American Renaissance: Unlike WMATA, Washington is getting whiter. The new arrivals are mostly urban professionals who overwhelmingly liberal (Hillary Clinton got 91 percent of DC’s vote in 2016). They may…

May 21, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

The DC Lineup for this weekend: bike rides, community festivals and attention to social issues | The DC Line

On May 17, 2019, Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin’s appearance on a panel at the Bolling 65th Anniversary Community Event was cited by The DC Line: May 17, 2019, marks the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings in Brown v. Board of Education and Bolling v. Sharpe, a challenge to school segregation…

May 21, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Updated data suggests despite D.C.’s slowing population growth, school enrollment still expected to increase­

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2019 CONTACT: Chelsea Coffin, Director, Education Policy Initiative (202) 223-2233 chelsea@dcpolicycenter.org   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Released today, an updated report using new data from 2018 indicates that despite the District of Columbia’s slowdown in population growth, enrollment is expected to continue to increase, as births have stabilized…

May 20, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Enrollment still expected to increase despite slower population growth in D.C.

Population growth in the District of Columbia is slowing and migration patterns are changing. Population growth in 2018 was 2,400 lower than the previous year (growth of 6,764 in 2018 compared to 9,116 in 2017).[1] While D.C.’s growth used to be driven in part by domestic migration, the District’s current population gains…

May 20, 2019 | Chelsea Coffin

The history of Deanwood’s local foodscape

In an excerpt from her new book Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ashanté M. Reese examines the history of the majority-Black Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. to unpack the structural forces that determine food access in urban areas. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, Reese not only documents racism and residential segregation in the nation’s capital but also tracks the ways transnational food corporations have shaped food availability.

May 20, 2019 | Ashanté Reese

Mars Food announces $115k grant to support food nutrition and sustainability in DC | WUSA 9

On May 17, 2019, D.C. Policy Center was cited in a WUSA 9 article on food access in Wards 7 and 8: “Food deserts make up about 11% of DC’s total area and are mostly concentrated in Wards 7 and 8 according to DC Policy Center.” Read more: Mars Food announces $115k grant to…

May 17, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

A Tree Fell On The National Mall, And We All Heard About It | WAMU

On May 16, 2019, Fellow Randy Smith’s report on urban heat islands in D.C. was cited by WAMU: In 2015, the D.C. Policy Center studied a satellite image that showed neighborhoods with little tree cover like Ivy City and Trinidad recorded temperatures of 102 degrees, while areas like Rock Creek Park recorded 76 degrees….

May 16, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

The District plans to slash a popular tax incentive. But a much broader battle could be ahead | Washington Business Journal

On May 16, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a Washington Business Journal article on the District’s Qualified High Technology Company tax credit program: “Yesim Taylor, the executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, agreed that the current credit was outdated and largely ineffective, saying it began…

May 16, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

How long will you live? Your neighborhood might hold the answer | WUSA 9

On May 15, 2019, Fellow Randy Smith’s report on food equity in D.C. was cited by WUSA 9: In 2017, a report by the D.C. Policy Center found that the overwhelming majority of the city’s food deserts were east of the Anacostia, with more than half located in Ward 8 alone. A food…

May 15, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

The Young and Restless in Black and White | City Observatory

On May 14, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, The Great Sort: Part III, was cited by City Observatory: The varied racial pattern of urban location by education has important implications for understanding neighborhood change. In part, it fits with a stereotypical view of gentrification, fueled by well educated young whites. But…

May 14, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Shaw Middle School advocates: Two communities, two buildings and one red herring | The DC Line

On May 13, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Landscape of Diversity in D.C. Public Schools, was cited by The DC Line: The Banneker community of high-achieving black and Latino scholars, whose students are chosen from a highly selective citywide application pool, was pitted against another community — the growing and improving by-right elementary…

May 13, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Bowser’s proposed real estate tax hikes look set to pass, even as D.C. Council chair blasts her tactics | Washington Business Journal

On May 7, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a Washington Business Journal article on reactions to Mayor Bowser’s proposed tax increases: “Yesim Sayin Taylor, a close watcher of the budget process as the executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, believes that Bowser’s team is using…

May 7, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Aimee Custis joins D.C. Policy Center staff as Director of External Relations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 6, 2019   CONTACT: Yesim Sayin Taylor, Executive Director (202) 223-2233 contact@dcpolicycenter.org   WASHINGTON, D.C. – The D.C. Policy Center is pleased to announce that Aimee Custis has joined the Center’s staff as Director for External Relations. In her new role, Ms. Custis will oversee the D.C. Policy…

May 6, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

A Controversial Solution To D.C.’s Housing Crisis: Help The Middle Class | WAMU

On May 2, 2019, Executive Director Yesim Taylor’s report on D.C.’s housing stock was cited by WAMU: In her proposed 2020 budget, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has called for the creation of an unprecedented $20 million “workforce housing” fund that would subsidize homes affordable to middle-income professionals like teachers, social workers, first…

May 2, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Advocates Say It’s Time For D.C. To Have Its Own Parole Board Again | DCist

On May 1, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Twenty years after the Revitalization Act, the District of Columbia is a different city, was cited by DCist: The District once had its own parole board. That changed with the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, in which the city traded an annual…

May 1, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

The District’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget is a Harbinger of Great Fiscal Reckoning cited by Greater Greater Washington

On May 1, 2019, The District’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget is a Harbinger of Great Fiscal Reckoning by D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was cited by Greater Greater Washington in its Breakfast links news roundup. Read more: Breakfast Links | Greater Greater Washington Related: The District’s Proposed Fiscal Year…

May 1, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony from Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor on the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal

On April 26, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified on the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the District of Columbia before the Committee of the Whole. Download this testimony. Read the underlying D.C. Policy Center essay “The District’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget is a Harbinger of…

April 26, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

Bill would require D.C. government to work toward racial equity | Curbed DC

On April 25, 2019, Deputy Director of Policy Kathryn Zickuhr’s report on racial inequities in fines and fees in D.C. was cited by Curbed DC: A pending bill authored by Ward 5 D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie would require the District government to explicitly consider racial equity when evaluating “programs, policies, and practices,” starting…

April 25, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony on the “Racial Equity Achieves Results Amendment Act of 2019”

On April 25, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Deputy Director of Policy Kathryn Zickuhr testified on B23-0038, “Racial Equity Achieves Results Amendment Act of 2019,” before the Committee on Government Operations. BILL SUMMARY – As introduced it requires the Office of Human Rights and the Department of Human Resources to develop and provide…

April 25, 2019 | Kathryn Zickuhr

Implementation of the NEAR Act and Public Safety Equity | DCFPI

On April 24, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Fellow Brent Cohen’s 2017 article on the implementation of the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act was cited by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute: The Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act (NEAR Act) takes a different approach to public safety, seeking to address the root causes…

April 24, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Rideshare discount gives seniors in Wards 7 and 8 temporary relief in a food desert | Washington Post

On April 24, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Fellow Randy Smith’s analysis of food deserts in D.C. was cited by the Washington Post: A 2017 study by the D.C. Policy Center found that 80 percent of food deserts in the District — where residents do not have easy access to groceries — were…

April 24, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony on the “Access to Public Benefits Amendment Act of 2019”

On April 24, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Deputy Director of Policy Kathryn Zickuhr testified on B23-0097, “Access to Public Benefits Amendment Act of 2019,” before the Committee on Human Services. BILL SUMMARY – As introduced it extends the opt out from denying TANF benefits to certain drug felons to other locally-funded public…

April 24, 2019 | Kathryn Zickuhr

The District’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget is a Harbinger of Great Fiscal Reckoning

The headlines from the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for the District of Columbia include $127.9 million in net new revenue, largely—but not entirely—raised from commercial real property. The administration rationalized these new taxes as asking the real estate sector to share the “upside,” and pay for investments in housing affordability in…

April 24, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

Residents In Southeast D.C. Look To Expand Food Options With Co-op | WAMU

On April 23, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Fellow Randy Smith’s analysis of food deserts in D.C. was cited by WAMU: “Our mission is to provide accessible, affordable, sustainable, healthy food for the communities that don’t have good access to grocery stores,” says Clarice Manning, a member of the Community Grocery Cooperative and…

April 23, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Mapping Segregation in D.C. cited by The Hill is Home

On April 23, 2019, Mapping Segregation in D.C. by D.C. Policy Center Fellow Sarah Shoenfeld was cited by The Hill is Home in the Hill Buzz link roundup. Read more: Hill Buzz | The Hill is Home Related: Mapping segregation in D.C. | D.C. Policy Center

April 23, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Mapping segregation in D.C.

For the past several years, Mapping Segregation in Washington DC has been documenting the historic role of real estate developers, citizens associations (white homeowner groups), and the courts in segregating the city. Our work has been focused on documenting properties subject to racially restrictive deed covenants, which barred the sale or rental…

April 23, 2019 | Sarah Shoenfeld

Some D.C. Residents Can Exchange Prescriptions for Produce at Giant on Alabama Ave. SE | WCP

On April 22, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Fellow Randy Smith’s analysis of food deserts in D.C. was cited by the Washington City Paper: In practice, the program is relatively straightforward. First, a patient obtains a prescription from their AmeriHealth Caritas healthcare provider. Then they bring their prescription to the pharmacy inside the Giant, where a…

April 22, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Applying a racial equity lens to fines and fees in the District of Columbia

In recent years, jurisdictions across the country have increasingly turned to fines and fees[1] both as a policy mechanism and as a way to generate much-needed revenue, especially after the budget crunch from the Great Recession.[2] However, unlike taxes, fines and fees are usually the same for everyone, regardless of their income…

April 22, 2019 | Kathryn Zickuhr

Businesses need predictability to thrive. That’s not happening in D.C. | Washington Post

On April 22, 2019, an editorial by the Washington Post Editorial Board cited a preliminary analysis of business movements by D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor. Read more: Businesses need predictability to thrive. That’s not happening in D.C. | Washington Post

April 22, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

What D.C.’s Go-Go Showdown Reveals About Gentrification | CityLab

On April 17, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Senior Fellow David Rusk’s article on D.C.’s changing demographics was cited by CityLab: In Shaw, though, gentrification isn’t some false boogieman sowing anxieties among native Washingtonians. It’s a very real thing. Those two studies measure gentrification differently, but both singled out Washington, D.C., as ground…

April 17, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Race and real estate in mid-century D.C.

This article is adapted from “Teachable Moment: ‘Blockbusting’ and Racial Turnover in Mid-Century D.C.,” which originally appeared in Washington History, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Fall 2018), published by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and is reprinted and adapted with permission. Many of the documents discussed in this article can be viewed…

April 16, 2019 | Sarah Shoenfeld

The economy in D.C. has ‘yellow flashing signals.’ Will the council heed them? | Washington Post

On April 6, 2019, an editorial by the Washington Post Editorial Board cited a commentary by D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor (published in the DC Line) on the Mayor’s proposed budget and the state of the District’s economy. Read more: The economy in D.C. has ‘yellow flashing signals.’ Will…

April 6, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Single-family homes take up a lot of space in the District | Greater Greater Washington

On April 4, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock, was cited by Greater Greater Washington: This map from the DC Policy Center shows what an overwhelming amount of the District’s housing stock is comprised of single-family homes. Most of the housing outside of downtown DC…

April 4, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Bowser’s proposed tax hikes draw early condemnations from developers, property owners | Washington Business Journal

On April 3, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a Washington Business Journal article on reactions to Mayor Bowser’s proposed tax increases: “Our current tax policy protects current homeowners, but penalizes future growth,” said Yesim Sayin Taylor, the executive director of the D.C. Policy Center. “But it…

April 3, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

The rise and demise of racially restrictive covenants in Bloomingdale

This article is adapted from “‘A Strictly White Residential Section’: The Rise and Demise of Racially Restrictive Covenants in Bloomingdale,” which originally appeared in Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring 2017) of Washington History: Magazine of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and is reprinted and adapted here with permission. You can also…

April 3, 2019 | Sarah Shoenfeld, Mara Cherkasky

DC’s budget is growing at a faster pace than economic fundamentals can support | The DC Line

On April 2, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Yesim Sayin Taylor’s commentary was published in The DC Line: Relying on short-term revenue fixes to pay for spending increases doesn’t bode well for fair and competitive tax policy. Yet this is one of several troubling aspects of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s budget proposals now under…

April 2, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Commentary: D.C.’s budget is growing at a faster pace than economic fundamentals can support

Relying on short-term revenue fixes to pay for spending increases doesn’t bode well for fair and competitive tax policy. Yet this is one of several troubling aspects of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s budget proposals now under review by the DC Council. The expenditure projections tell us a lot about the future shape of…

April 2, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

Funding sources and expenditure patterns of out-of-school time programs in D.C.

Out-of-school time programs in D.C. In 2016, an estimated 33,400 children and youth attended subsidized afterschool programs in the District of Columbia, and at least 15,000 children and youth participated in subsidized summer programs. These estimates are from a report the D.C. Policy Center published in October 2017, “Needs Assessment of Out-of-School Time…

March 29, 2019 | Yesim Sayin, Kathryn Zickuhr

The Funding Landscape of Out-of-School Time Programs in the District of Columbia: Full Report

This report describes the current funding landscape of out-of-school time (OST) programs in the District of Columbia. It explores where funding for OST programs comes from, where funds are distributed, and how these funds are used. The report also explores the potential fiscal needs of expanding OST programs, opportunities that are available to expand and better use existing funds, and bottlenecks that might impair expansion efforts.

March 29, 2019 | Yesim Sayin, Kathryn Zickuhr

After Five Years, Is D.C.’s School Lottery Working For Families? | WAMU

A March 28, 2019 article by WAMU on D.C.’s school lottery system cited Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin’s report on the landscape of diversity in D.C. public schools: And for as much as the lottery is touted as a fair way to assign seats, the reality is that D.C.’s schools remain heavily…

March 28, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Trends in federal employment in D.C.

The evolving federal workforce and its changing role in the D.C. economy   It’s no secret that the federal government is a major employer in the Washington, D.C. area, and it likewise has an outsized effect on the District’s economy. The five-week partial federal government shutdown that ended earlier this year cost…

March 28, 2019 | Mike Maciag

Report: D.C. is wasting millions of tax dollars annually on ‘ineffective’ incentive programs | Curbed DC

On March 27, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Fellow Randy Smith’s analysis of food deserts in D.C. was cited by Curbed DC: The DCFPI report also critiques the District’s tax incentives for grocery stores to move into underserved areas, saying these incentives cost $29 million in revenue from 2010 to 2017, with only three…

March 27, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Are boom days over for the D.C. budget? | Washington Post

On March 22, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in an article by Peter Jamison in the Washington Post on D.C.’s economic outlook and Mayor Bowser’s proposed budget. Read more: Are boom days over for the D.C. budget? | Washington Post

March 22, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Chart: Deed tax revenue in D.C.

Last night, Mayor Bowser announced that her budget proposal would increase deed recordation and transfer taxes on commercial property valued at $2 million or more, in order to generate an estimated $80 million for affordable housing in the District. The chart below shows the history of deed tax revenue in D.C. since…

March 19, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

For circumferential transit in the District, try crosstown bus lanes

This article is the seventh and final post in a series focusing on circumferential transit in the Washington, D.C. region. Read part one, part two, part three, part four, part five, and part six. While extensions to the Purple Line and rail transit along the Beltway are popular ideas for improving transit within and across the D.C….

March 19, 2019 | D.W. Rowlands

Part 7: For circumferential transit in the District, try crosstown bus lanes | Greater Greater Washingon

On March 19, 2019, the seventh and final article in Fellow DW Rowlands’s series on suburb-to-suburb transit was cross-posted on Greater Greater Washington. Read more: For circumferential transit in the District, try crosstown bus lanes | Greater Greater Washington

March 19, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Here’s where rapid bus service could best connect Maryland’s suburbs

This article is part six in a series focusing on circumferential transit in the Washington, D.C. region. Read part one, part two, part three, part four, and part five. Maryland’s suburban areas have a dearth of transit connections, but better rapid bus service could help link many parts of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. As I discussed in…

March 15, 2019 | D.W. Rowlands

Part 6: Where rapid bus service could best connect Maryland’s suburbs | Greater Greater Washington

On March 15, 2019, the sixth article in Fellow DW Rowlands’s series on suburb-to-suburb transit was cross-posted on Greater Greater Washington. Read more: Here’s where rapid bus service could best connect Maryland’s suburbs | Greater Greater Washington

March 15, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Executive Yesim Sayin Taylor profiled in The DC Line

On March 14, 2019, The DC Line published a profile of Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor : Taylor spent nearly a decade in the CFO’s office with no intention of changing jobs, but then Tony Williams and some of the trustees of the Federal City Council recruited Taylor to launch the D.C. Policy…

March 14, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Northern Virginia needs better suburb-to-suburb transit. Here’s where rapid bus service could help.

This article is part four in a series focusing on circumferential transit in the Washington, D.C. region. Read part one, part two, part three, and part four. While Maryland’s Purple Line is the biggest suburb-to-suburb transit project in the region, Virginia also has a number of corridors that are good candidates for this kind of connection. Northern Virginia…

March 8, 2019 | D.W. Rowlands

Part 5: Northern Virginia needs better suburb-to-suburb transit | Greater Greater Washington

On March 8, 2019, the fifth article in Fellow DW Rowlands’s series on suburb-to-suburb transit was cross-posted on Greater Greater Washington. Read more: Northern Virginia needs better suburb-to-suburb transit. Here’s where rapid bus service could help. | Greater Greater Washington

March 8, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony of Executive Director Yesim Taylor on Confirmation of State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang

On March 6, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education on the “State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang Confirmation Resolution of 2019.”  Read her testimony here.

March 6, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

Why it makes sense to extend the Purple Line to Largo, but not National Harbor

This article is part four in a series focusing on circumferential transit in the Washington, D.C. region. Read part one, part two, and part three. While the idea of a Purple Line extension to Tysons Corner garners a lot of excitement among transit advocates and political leaders in the region, those in Prince George’s County tend to favor…

March 6, 2019 | D.W. Rowlands

Part 4: Extending the Purple Line to Largo | Greater Greater Washington

On March 6, 2019, the fourth article in Fellow DW Rowlands’s series on suburb-to-suburb transit was cross-posted on Greater Greater Washington. Read more: Why it makes sense to extend the Purple Line to Largo, but not to National Harbor | Greater Greater Washington

March 6, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

DC Council shelves vote on bill to increase homestead deduction | The DC Line

On March 5, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Tax practices that amplify racial inequities: Property tax treatment of owner-occupied housing, was cited by The DC Line: Evans, a supporter of increasing the homestead deduction, concurred with Todd that the move would benefit the middle class. He said Mendelson recognized that there…

March 5, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Food & Friends Partnership Helps New and Expectant Mothers in D.C.’s Food Deserts | Washington City Paper

On March 4, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Fellow Randy Smith’s analysis of food deserts was cited in a Washington City Paper article on a program that addresses food insecurity among expectant mothers: There are stretches of barren blocks in the District, bereft of grocery stores that sell fresh produce and protein. According…

March 4, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Part 3: The best way to build a Purple Line link between Bethesda and Tysons Corner | Greater Greater Washington

On March 1, 2019, the third article in Fellow DW Rowlands’s series on suburb-to-suburb transit was cross-posted on Greater Greater Washington. Read more: The best way to build a Purple Line link between Bethesda and Tysons Corner | Greater Greater Washington

March 1, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

The best way to build a Purple Line link between Bethesda and Tysons Corner

This article is part three in a series focusing on circumferential transit in the Washington, D.C. region. This one deals with the possibility of extending Maryland’s Purple Line across the Potomac River to Tysons Corner. Read part one and part two. Although the Purple Line between Bethesda and New Carrollton isn’t expected to open…

March 1, 2019 | D.W. Rowlands

Part 2: Our region needs better suburb-to-suburb transit, but a Metro loop isn’t the best option | Greater Greater Washington

On February 27, 2019, the second article in Fellow DW Rowlands’s series on suburb-to-suburb transit was cross-posted on Greater Greater Washington. Read more: Our region needs better suburb-to-suburb transit, but a Metro loop isn’t the best option | Greater Greater Washington

February 27, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Our region needs better suburb-to-suburb transit, but a Metro loop isn’t the best option

This post is part two in a series focusing on circumferential transit in the Washington, D.C. region. Read the first post here. The Washington region has a dearth of transit connecting its suburban areas, as I wrote in my first post in this series. Some people have latched onto the idea of extending the…

February 27, 2019 | D.W. Rowlands

Beyond diversity to equitable, inclusive schools

By Laura Wilson Phelan and Lee Teitel   After centuries of exclusion and segregation within the American education system, major policy efforts in the last 60 years have focused on desegregating schools in terms of getting a diverse set of students into school buildings.  In some American cities today, desegregation also occurs…

February 26, 2019 | Guest Contributor

Part 1: Why the Washington region needs better suburb-to-suburb transit | Greater Greater Washington

On February 21, 2019, the first article in Fellow DW Rowlands’s series on suburb-to-suburb transit was cross-posted on Greater Greater Washington. Read more: Part 1: Why the Washington region needs better suburb-to-suburb transit | Greater Greater Washington

February 21, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Chronically Failed to Spend Federal Funds to Remediate Lead Paint Hazards | WCP

On February 21, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was cited in an article by Morgan Baskin in the Washington City Paper on lead paint remediation in D.C.: D.C.’s housing stock is, in a word, old. The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Housing Survey shows that the median housing…

February 21, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Why the Washington region needs better suburb-to-suburb transit

The Washington, D.C. region has one of the best transit systems in the U.S. But even when it’s working perfectly, its radial layout does a poor job connecting non-downtown destinations. In a series of posts beginning today, I’ll lay out the case for better suburb-to-suburb transit. Despite Metrorail’s recent ridership meltdown, our…

February 21, 2019 | D.W. Rowlands

Job announcement: External Relations & Development Associate

The D.C. Policy Center is hiring! The D.C. Policy Center is seeking an energetic and organized External Relations & Development Associate to help raise the D.C. Policy Center’s profile with local media and policy circles, and provide internal capacity for our ongoing fundraising efforts. This position will report to the Executive Director,…

February 19, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

How bikesharing could be more family-friendly in DC | Greater Greater Washington

On February 18, 2019, Contributing Fellow Canaan Merchant’s article on family-friendly biking was cross-posted on Greater Greater Washington. Read more: How bikesharing could be more family-friendly in DC | Greater Greater Washington

February 18, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

End stop and frisk in D.C. | Washington Post

On February 15, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Implementing the NEAR Act to reduce violence in D.C., was cited by D.C. Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau in the Local Opinions section of the Washington Post: That’s why I am calling on the mayor and my colleagues on the council to fully invest…

February 15, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

How to make bike share family-friendly | Better Bike Share Partnership

On February 14, 2019, the Better Bike Share Partnership published a post about D.C. Policy Center Contributing Fellow Canaan Merchant’s article on family-friendly bikeshare: Over the past few years, bike sharing has become a familiar sight in most American cities. But despite some age diversity in who rides bike share, there’s a…

February 14, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

How can D.C. make bikesharing family-friendly?

D.C. is still a pioneer in bikesharing, but more must be done for it to be a part of families’ car-free transportation options Capital Bikeshare was one of the first successful bikesharing systems set up in the United States, and is still one of the largest systems in the country. Now the…

February 14, 2019 | Canaan Merchant

Hill Buzz | The Hill is Home

On February 12, 2019, Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin’s article on diversity in D.C. schools was cited in a link roundup on The Hill is Home. Read more: Hill Buzz | The Hill is Home Related: Racial and ethnic diversity over time in D.C.’s schools | D.C. Policy Center

February 12, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony of Executive Director Yesim Sayin on the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

On February 6, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified before the Committee of the Whole on “The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs: What Issues Should the Committee Pursue?” On January 22, Chairman Mendelson, together with nine other members of the D.C. Council, reintroduced the Department of Buildings…

February 6, 2019 | Yesim Sayin

Racial and ethnic diversity over time in D.C.’s schools

One key finding of the recent D.C. Policy Center report “Landscape of Diversity in D.C. Public Schools: What Does School Diversity Look Like in D.C.?” was that racial and ethnic diversity is low in the city’s public schools,[1] even considering the composition of D.C.’s students – individual schools were less diverse than the public…

February 6, 2019 | Chelsea Coffin

Maya Martin Cadogan: Real school choice starts with parent voice | The DC Line

On January 30, 2019, a D.C. Policy Center report on the connections between neighborhood characteristics and boundary school enrollment rates was cited in a commentary by Maya Martin Cadogan: As DC parents finalize their school preferences before upcoming lottery deadlines, it’s worth resurfacing a recent study by the D.C. Policy Center. It found only…

January 30, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

In an Unequal America, Getting to Work Can Be Hell | The Nation

On January 29, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in an article about transit deserts: Consider: In 2005, according to statistics, some 3.1 million workers nationwide commuted for 90 minutes or more one way, as Blough does, but that number had nudged up to 4 million by…

January 29, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Battling Racial Discrimination in the Workplace

On the surface, D.C.’s economy is thriving. But this is not the case for all residents. D.C. is among the most racially segregated cities in the country, which could be one reason why so much of the prosperity in the Northwest never seems to make it to the Southeast. Housing, education, and…

January 24, 2019 | Becky Strauss

Analysis of D.C. startups featured on U.S. Census Bureau website

D.C. Policy Center Fellow Shirin Arslan’s analysis of opportunity costs among startups in D.C. was featured on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program’s website. Read more: D.C.’s Startup Scene, Part II: Opportunity Costs | D.C. Policy Center

January 22, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Which Came First, the DC Food Desert or the Dollar Store? | UrbanTurf

On January 22, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Fellow Randy Smith’s map of food deserts was cited in UrbanTurf’s coverage of a report on the impact of Dollar Stores on food deserts. Read more: Which Came First, the DC Food Desert or the Dollar Store? | UrbanTurf Related: Food access in D.C is…

January 22, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

A Place-Based Approach Is Helping D.C. Children in Poverty Succeed | American Communities Project

D.C. Policy Center Fellow Becky Strauss was quoted by The George Washington University’s American Communities Project in an article on place-based approaches to poverty: There is no clear roadmap for how the District will solve the problem. “It’s sort of surprising how little we know about closing the inequality gap in cities,”…

January 11, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Laws & Order: Legislators In Washington Region To Debate Overhaul Of Criminal Justice Laws | WAMU

On January 9, 2019, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Implementing the NEAR Act to reduce violence in D.C. was cited by WAMU: There has been plenty of movement in recent years in D.C. on criminal justice issues: the D.C. Council passed the NEAR Act, which adopts a public-health approach to reducing violence, decriminalized fare evasion on…

January 9, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

‘We Have To Think Bigger About It’: Bowser Says D.C. Must Ramp Up Housing Construction | WAMU

On January 8, 2019, a WAMU article cited the D.C. Policy Center’s 2018 report on the District’s housing stock. D.C. needs more housing — and fast. That’s the message Mayor Muriel Bowser is sending as she starts her second term in office, saying that housing construction will have to ramp up significantly over…

January 8, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Lyft is offering low-cost rides to grocery stores in Wards 7 and 8. What’s a sustainable solution? | Greater Greater Washington

On January 7, 2019, a D.C. Policy Center analysis of food deserts was cited by a Greater Greater Washington post on a partnership between Lyft and Martha’s Table to provide low-income residents in Wards 7 and 8 with low-cost rides to the grocery store. Read more: Lyft is offering low-cost rides to grocery stores…

January 7, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Working Through Growing Pains in Artist/Community Developer Collaborations | Shelterforce

The D.C. Policy Center symposium on racial equity in housing outcomes was cited in a roundup of cross-sector collaborations from Shelterforce: In Washington, DC, an ongoing affordable housing crisis, coupled with longstanding racial inequities in employmentand income, have resulted in dramatic demographic changes in many neighborhoods that were previously disinvested in, and were predominantly Black….

January 7, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Illicit Guns Fuel 38% Murder Increase in Washington, D.C. | Wall Street Journal

On January 4, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was cited in a Wall Street Journal article on the city’s spike in homicides in 2018: The city has improved by many measures. Over the past 10 years, the number of employed residents rose 32%, the jobless rate fell by…

January 4, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor interviewed on Important, Not Important podcast

Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor interviewed on the Important, Not Important podcast in an episode released January 1, 2019: In Episode 50, Quinn & Brian discuss: How D.C. and LA are dealing with urban heat issues. Our guests are Yesim Sayin Taylor and Molly Peterson. Yesim is the founding Executive Director of…

January 2, 2019 | D.C. Policy Center

2018 Was the Year Cities Trusted Amazon | CityLab

On December 31, 2018, a CityLab article on Amazon’s HQ2 hunt cited an analysis by D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor: The choice was also a relief, for some. With only 25,000 workers each, the new HQs will be more glorified office expansions than full-fledged satellite campuses. Their housing markets…

December 31, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Food Deserts Get a Lyft With Low Cost Rides | Forbes

On December 27, 2018, the D.C. Policy Center was cited in a Forbes article, “Food Deserts Get a Lyft With Low Cost Rides.” A major hurdle for people living in food desserts is transportation and Lyft has taken another step in trying to fix that. The ride hailing service has teamed up…

December 27, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

DC students are more likely to attend schools that are economically diverse than racially diverse | GGWash

On December 21, 2018, Greater Greater Washington covered a new report from the D.C. Policy Center on economic and racial diversity in D.C. public schools and public charter schools: D.C.’s racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic demographics are changing, but are these demographic changes reflected in D.C.’s public schools? A new report from the D.C….

December 21, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

No Guarantee of a Seat at D.C.’s Most Racially Diverse Schools

How easy is it to get a seat at D.C.’s most diverse schools? This blog post examines the relationship between diversity scores and waitlists as a follow up to the D.C. Policy Center report, Landscape of Diversity in D.C. Public Schools. Racial and ethnic diversity in D.C.’s traditional public and public charter…

December 20, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

New figures shows decline in number of low-income workers who ride Metro | Washington Post

  Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was interviewed for a December 18, 2018 article in the Washington Post about Metro ridership: David Alpert, founder and president of the civic group Greater Greater Washington, said the fare increases also hurt those who have to take a combination of a bus and a train…

December 18, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

As D.C. Grows More Diverse, Report Shows Public Schools Remain Racially Segregated | WAMU

On December 17, 2018, WAMU explored the findings of Landscape of Diversity in D.C. Public Schools, a new report by Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin: D.C. residents talk about the city’s shifting demographics all the time. Since 2006, the District has become wealthier, whiter and younger. And residents see the changes…

December 17, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

What does school diversity look like in D.C.?

The D.C. Policy Center report “Landscape of Diversity in D.C. Public Schools: What Does School Diversity Look Like in D.C.?” presents a snapshot of racial and ethnic diversity as well as economic diversity in D.C.’s public schools, characteristics of D.C.’s most diverse schools, and how diversity has changed in recent years. Only…

December 17, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

Landscape of Diversity in D.C. Public Schools, Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Analysis of Diversity in D.C. Schools Finds Little Overlap Between Racial and Economic Diversity New data shows a diversifying Washington region, but diversity is hard to find school by school in the District of Columbia. A new report, “Landscape of Diversity in D.C. Public Schools”, by D.C. Policy Center…

December 17, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

Landscape of Diversity in D.C. Public Schools

New data shows a diversifying Washington region, but diversity is hard to find school by school in the District of Columbia.

December 17, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

D.C.-born residents predominantly live on the eastern end of the city | Curbed DC

On December 14, 2018, Curbed DC covered Fellow Mike Maciag’s analysis of where D.C.-born residents live, and how the share of D.C.-born residents has changed over time: Read more: D.C.-born residents predominantly live on the eastern end of the city, analysis shows | Curbed DC Related: Made in D.C.: Which areas have the highest share of D.C.-born residents…

December 14, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

So, No One is From DC, Huh? | UrbanTurf

On December 13, 2018, UrbanTurf covered Fellow Mike Maciag’s analysis of where D.C.-born residents live, and how the share of D.C.-born residents has changed over time. Read more: So, No One is From DC, Huh? | UrbanTurf Related: Made in D.C.: Which areas have the highest share of D.C.-born residents | D.C. Policy Center

December 13, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Map: Here’s Where Native Washingtonians Live (And Don’t Live) In D.C. | DCist

On December 13, 2018, DCist covered Fellow Mike Maciag’s analysis of where D.C.-born residents live, and how the share of D.C.-born residents has changed over time: Here’s something most everybody living in D.C. already knows: This city looks very different today than it did in the relatively recent past. In the last…

December 13, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C.’s Development Boom Exacerbates Frustrations with First Source Law | Washington City Paper

On December 13, 2018, Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a Washington City Paper article on the District’s First Source law: As D.C. undergoes a boom of new commercial and residential construction, the question of how to make First Source more effective has become particularly urgent. This year, Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau (Ward…

December 13, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Made in D.C.: Which areas have the highest share of D.C.-born residents

The District has always been home to a large contingent of transplants. Some of these new residents never leave, while others remain here for only a short period of time. D.C.-born residents have never accounted for a large majority of the city’s population, but the past decade of sharp population growth has…

December 13, 2018 | Mike Maciag

The disappearing bank branch | Washington Business Journal

Washington Business Journal quoted D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor in an article about the declining number of bank branches as their impact on small businesses: Some believe a change in mindset is required: A bank branch, even if unprofitable at a particular outpost, can increase the brand’s overall name…

November 23, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

How property tax exemptions amplify racial inequity | Greater Greater Washington

Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s essay Tax practices that amplify racial inequities: Property tax treatment of owner-occupied housing was republished on Greater Greater Washington on November 19, 2018. Read more: How property tax exemptions amplify racial inequity | Greater Greater Washington   This publication is part of a broader series of essays…

November 19, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Family Ties Inspire Robert White’s Policies Helping Returning Citizens | Washington City Paper

On November 15, 2018, the Washington City Paper mentioned the D.C. Policy Center’s research on the life outcomes of D.C.’s returning citizens: A 2018 analysis of data by the D.C. Policy Center found that at least 43 percent of the nearly 10,000 people supervised by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency…

November 15, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Moves to Limit Short-Term Rentals | Next City

On November 15, 2018, Next City has extensively used D.C. Policy Center’s research on the impact of Airbnb in the District of Columbia: Research into how Airbnb has affected D.C.’s housing supply, in particular, is largely anecdotal, but a report from the independent D.C. Policy Center earlier this year suggested that Airbnb…

November 15, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

There’s Already A Housing Crisis In The D.C. Area | WAMU

D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a WAMU segment and article on November 14, 2018 about Amazon’s HQ2 announcement: At the D.C. Policy Center, economist Yesim Sayin Taylor puts it even more succinctly, describing the so-called “Amazon effect” as “an unimpressive flare in the region’s chronic housing…

November 14, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Amazon HQ2 Goes to New York City and Northern Virginia | CityLab

D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a CityLab article on November 13, 2018 about Amazon’s HQ2 announcement: Arlington, too, has climbing median home values, reaching $664,000 this year; and the D.C. metro area is increasingly squeezed for housing supply. Lower income residents have for years been pushed…

November 13, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Washington won its piece of Amazon’s HQ2. Now comes the hard part. | Washington Post

Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s article How big of a deal is Amazon HQ2 for the DC Metro Region? was cited in Steven Pearlstein’s column in the Washington Post on November 12, 2018. Read more: Washington won its piece of Amazon’s HQ2. Now comes the hard part. | Washington Post

November 12, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

How big of a deal is Amazon HQ2 for the D.C. Metropolitan Region?

On October 23, the Washingtonian published an alarmist article on what receiving Amazon HQ2 could mean for the region: a massive housing shortage. The underlying analysis is a brief one produced by the Urban Institute. Though striking a much more positive tone than the coverage by the Washingtonian suggests, the Urban Institute…

November 5, 2018 | Yesim Sayin

Two Years After It Passed, Paid Family Leave Program Becomes Centerpiece Of D.C. Council Race – WAMU

On November 1, 2018, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a WAMU article by Martin Austermuhle. “Many of them will tell you that paid leave is a good idea. But businesses in D.C. are irate with the paid leave law because they feel like they’re now tasked…

November 1, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony of Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor on the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 (Bill 22-904)

On October 29, 2018, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified before the Committee on Business and Economic Development on Bill 22-904, the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018. The District is considering legislation to expand its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS requirements) so that 100 percent of…

October 29, 2018 | Yesim Sayin

Meet the DC Couple Who Manage 60 Airbnb Listings – Washingtonian

On October 25, 2018, Lautaro Grinspan at Washingtonian wrote about Kate Rabinowitz’s publication “The knowns and unknowns of Airbnb in D.C.” According to the DC Policy Center, there are only 40 other hosts on the platform with more than six listings (for comparison, there are more than 2,600 hosts with just one listing)….

October 25, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Racial Equity in D.C.

    Racial Equity in Washington, D.C. Despite continued economic growth, racial inequity in the District of Columbia have increased in recent years. An important contributor to these deepening disparities is a collection of longstanding practices that prevent communities of color from creating and accumulating wealth. Though these practices have historic roots,…

October 24, 2018 |

Discriminatory housing practices in the District: A brief history – Cook Center for Social Equity at Duke

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, the Samuel Dubois Cook Center for Social Equity at Duke University posted about Deputy Director of Policy Kathryn Zickuhr’s publication “Discriminatory housing practices in the District: A brief history“. Read more at the Samuel Dubois Cook Center for Social Equity website.

October 24, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Tax practices that amplify racial inequities: Property tax treatment of owner-occupied housing

Housing is the great stage on which a city is built. Housing defines how residents share the wealth created by a city and how they access its assets and amenities. Population growth and demographic changes make their imprints through the housing market, shaped by how quickly supply responds to changes in demand….

October 24, 2018 | Yesim Sayin

Discriminatory housing practices in the District: A brief history

The landscape for today’s racial disparities in income, wealth, and home ownership, as well as the patterns of segregation and underinvestment, follow from a long history of public and private practices that have discriminated against Black communities and other communities of color. We take a brief look at this history in the 20th century through today in order to provide context for discussions of present-day practices.

October 24, 2018 | Kathryn Zickuhr

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Current openings Independent fellows Deadline: Rolling The D.C. Policy Center is looking for established researchers, journalists, data scientists, data visualization experts, and policy wonks of all stripes to write for the Center’s website as independent research Fellows. Our Fellows produce data-driven, D.C.-centered analyses on a variety of topics, including housing, public health,…

October 23, 2018 |

Symposium: Achieving Racial Equity in Housing Outcomes in D.C.

The District of Columbia is becoming increasingly more segregated by race and income in many areas. As outlined in the Urban Institute report The Color of Wealth in the Nation’s Capital, this segregation is built on racist public and private practices, and has amplified disparities and inequities in health, education, and work…

October 18, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Racial Equity in D.C.: Introduction from The Consumer Health Foundation and the Meyer Foundation

By Yanique Redwood, PhD, MPH, and Nicky Goren The Consumer Health Foundation and the Meyer Foundation jointly commissioned papers on racial equity by the D.C. Policy Center, an independent policy think tank partially supported by the District’s business community. We took this step because the momentum around racial equity has been increasing…

October 18, 2018 | Guest Contributor

Netflix’s ‘Stay Here’ Is a Cringe-Worthy Twist on Home Renovation Shows | CityLab

On October 17, 2018, an article on Airbnb’s footprint in D.C. (The knowns and unknowns of Airbnb in D.C.) by former D.C. Policy Center Senior Fellow Kate Rabinowitz was cited in a CityLab piece on short-term rentals. Read more: Netflix’s ‘Stay Here’ Is a Cringe-Worthy Twist on Home Renovation Shows | CityLab

October 17, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor in Washington Business Journal – Viewpoint: Will Initiative 77 reduce wage inequalities?

On October 11, 2018, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor in Washington Business Journal wrote an article for the Washington Business Journal, “Viewpoint: Will Initiative 77 reduce wage inequalities? We cannot say.” “The D.C. Council has taken a first vote to repeal Initiative 77, a measure to bring the minimum…

October 11, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C.’s Master Facilities Plan Will Shape the City’s Balance Between Neighborhood Schools and Charters – Washington City Paper

On October 10, 2018, Rachel M. Cohen at Washington City Paper wrote about Chelsea Coffin’s report “How D.C.’s Young Families May Shape Public School Enrollment.” The D.C. Auditor projects school enrollment to grow by 12,000 to 17,000 students in the next 10 years, with the bulk of that growth occurring in the…

October 10, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

DC Looking to Hire ‘Night Mayor’ to Oversee Nightlife – NBC Washington

On October 10, 2018, Zach Vallese at NBC Washington cited Kate Rabinowitz’s publication “Mapping D.C.’s nightlife boom” in an article about D.C.’s “Night Mayor”. “The District has seen a huge boom in nightlife in recent years, with the number of bars, clubs and restaurants jumping from 800 to 1,300 from 2008 to 2016,…

October 10, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Report: ‘Affluent families are displacing low- and middle-income families’ from D.C. – Curbed DC

On October 10, 2018, Andrew Giambrone at Curbed cited the D.C. Policy Center report “2018 State of the Business Report: Towards a More Inclusive Economy“, which was prepared for the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. “Chief among those disruptive effects, according to the chamber, is the displacement of longtime residents who can no…

October 10, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

2018 State of Business Report: Towards a More Inclusive Economy

ABSTRACT Businesses in the District depend on the ability of the District to become a more inclusive city.  In 2003, the District government committed itself to growing its population by 100,000 by attracting more residents, especially families, to strengthen its neighborhoods and reverse years of population loss. This meant significant investments in…

October 10, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C.’s shadow rental market

When we discuss the District’s rental housing supply, those discussions usually center on units in apartment buildings, as opposed to units that are rented out by their owners. However, in the District of Columbia, units rented out by their owners—often referred to as the shadow rental market—account for a significant portion of the…

October 10, 2018 | Yesim Sayin

TOPA doesn’t always work for small buildings, a housing fight with the National Shrine shows – Greater Greater Washington

On October 9 2018, Carolyn Gallaher at Greater Greater Washington cited the D.C. Policy Center report “Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability, and Pressures on Family Housing.” The numbers are no better for people who want to buy affordable housing. According to a new study by the DC Policy Center,…

October 9, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Love DC nightlife? The ‘night mayor’ job may be for you – WUSA9

On October 9, 2018, Chelsea Cirruzzo at WUSA9 cited Kate Rabinowitz’s publication “Mapping D.C.’s nightlife boom” in an article about D.C.’s “Night Mayor”. The latest position posting matches a trend in the upswing in nightlife in The District. The D.C. Policy Center reported in 2017 that the booming nightlife industry has grown…

October 9, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Testimony of Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor on the “Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018”

The District is considering legislation to expand its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS requirements) so that 100 percent of all electricity will come from renewable energy sources by 2032. The bill will also limit the ways in which suppliers can comply with the RPS. In 2017, the estimated demand in DC for…

October 9, 2018 | Yesim Sayin

Synthetics: The next chapter in the D.C. region’s drug crisis

America’s drug problem continues to evolve in startling and dangerous ways, and the District of Columbia remains at the forefront of those changes. Drug overdose continues to be a leading cause of death in the United States; according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control, the national death toll…

October 3, 2018 | Matthew Pembleton

Analysis of Airbnb’s footprint in D.C. cited in Committee Report

D.C. Policy Center Fellow Kate Rabinowitz’s 2018 analysis of Airbnb’s footprint in D.C. was cited in the DC Council Committee of the Whole’s Committee Report for B22-0092, the Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017.

October 2, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Council approves limits on Airbnb rentals – Washington Times

On October 2, 2018, Julia Airey at the Washington Times cited the D.C. Policy Center report “Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability, and Pressures on Family Housing.” City officials and community advocates have long worried that while home-sharing exacerbates the city’s housing shortage, especially for families. Only 31 percent…

October 2, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Chelsea Coffin’s publication “School-age population likely to grow most outside the Wilson High School boundary” cross-posted to Greater Greater Washington

On September 27, 2018, Chelsea Coffin’s publication “School-age population likely to grow most outside the Wilson High School boundary” was cross-posted to Greater Greater Washington. Looking at the existing stock of single-family homes with a capacity of four, very few are potentially in the affordable price range for Millennials – and not…

September 27, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

School-age population likely to grow most outside the Wilson High School boundary

Where is the school-age population likely to live? This post examines population forecasts and housing prices to highlight areas of the city that could see a growth in the population aged 3-17 as a follow up to the D.C. Policy Center report, Will Children of Millennials Become Future Public School Students?. If…

September 27, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

DC issued over 1 million speed camera tickets, collected over $100 million in fines, AAA says – Fox 5

On September 26, 2018, FOX 5 mentioned William Farrell’s publication “Predominately black neighborhoods in D.C. bear the brunt of automated traffic enforcement.” Read the article at the FOX 5 website.

September 26, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Future enrollment is likely to grow in upper grades

How will enrollment in D.C.’s public schools grow? This blog post examines which grade bands are expected to grow the most over the next ten years as a follow up to the D.C. Policy Center report, Will Children of Millennials Become Future Public School Students?. Public school enrollment in D.C. has been…

September 25, 2018 |

Two drivers of D.C.’s public school enrollment increase

Why has enrollment in D.C.’s public schools grown? This blog post examines births and cohorts staying in schools at higher rates over time as two drivers of enrollment growth to follow up on the D.C. Policy Center report, Will Children of Millennials Become Future Public School Students?. Enrollment in D.C. traditional public…

September 20, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

‘This Is Going To Hurt Us.’ Restaurant Workers Push For Repeal Of Initiative 77 – WAMU

On September 18, 2018, Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s testimony on Initiative 77 was mentioned in a WAMU article entitled “Should Initiative 77 Be Repealed? Marathon Hearing Stretches Into Wee Hours.” An analyst with the Economic Policy Institute, a union-backed think tank, testified on his recent paper that shows mostly positive effects…

September 18, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Should Initiative 77 Be Repealed? Marathon Hearing Stretches Into Wee Hours – DCist

On September 18, 2018, Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s testimony on Initiative 77 was mentioned in a DCist article entitled “Should Initiative 77 Be Repealed? Marathon Hearing Stretches Into Wee Hours.” An analyst with the Economic Policy Institute, a union-backed think tank, testified on his recent paper that shows mostly positive effects…

September 18, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Thousands of additional students expected in public schools by 2026, new report says – DC Line

On September 18, 2018, Mark Lieberman at the DC Line discussed the D.C. Policy Center report “Will Children of Current Millennials Become Future Public School Students?” The report — published today and written by Chelsea Coffin, director of the center’s Education Policy Initiative — projects that the annual enrollment in the city’s…

September 18, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin at the DC Line: “Future enrollment growth depends on DC’s public middle and high schools gaining confidence of millennial families”

On September 18, 2018, Chelsea Coffin – Director of the Education Policy Initiative – wrote an op-ed at the DC Line: “Future enrollment growth depends on DC’s public middle and high schools gaining confidence of millennial families” There is every reason to expect DC’s public school enrollment to increase in the coming…

September 18, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Leila Batties, Partner at Holland & Knight, is joining the D.C. Policy Center Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Leila Batties, Partner at Holland & Knight, is joining the D.C. Policy Center Board of Directors Washington D.C., September 18, 2018 – The D.C. Policy Center announces the appointment of Leila Batties to its Board of Directors. Ms. Batties, a partner at Holland & Knight, focuses on land use and zoning…

September 18, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Will Children of Current Millennials Become Future Public School Students?

This report examines births and public school enrollment by cohort, and estimates that public school enrollment in the District of Columbia may grow by as many as 21,100 students by 2026-27. Half of this growth is likely to occur in middle and high school grades.

September 18, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

How D.C.’s Young Families May Shape Public School Enrollment

The D.C. Policy Center report “Will Children of Current Millennials Become Future Public School Students?: How D.C.’s Young Families May Shape Future Public School Enrollment” examines births and public school enrollment by cohort, and estimates that public school enrollment in the District of Columbia may grow by as many as 21,100 students…

September 18, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

Will Children of Current Millennials Become Future Public School Students?, Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Analysis of D.C. Families Indicates Middle & High School Enrollment Could Turn a Corner — If Millennials Can Afford to Stay in the City Enrollment in DC public schools is expected to increase by 21,100 students from the end of school year 2016-17 to 2026-27. Most growth will occur…

September 18, 2018 |

Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s testimony on the repeal of Initiative 77

As the Council is considering to repeal Initiative 77, organizations supporting this initiative are putting out a lot of analysis to buttress their claims.  One such report published last week received a lot of coverage and attention. But the study fails to meet the standard tests of reliability, and its findings should be ignored. Executive…

September 17, 2018 | Yesim Sayin

Traffic Tickets: the District Profits and Residents Pay – Washington City Paper

On September 13, 2018, Vinnie Rotanaro at the Washington City Paper quoted D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor: “There is ample evidence that automated enforcement reduces fatalities,” says Yesim Sayin Taylor, executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, which has issued reports on the subject of automated fines, “but we cannot rule…

September 13, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Concentrated Poverty – The Critical Mass

Many sociologists have described the effects of concentrated poverty, but in speaking about concentrated poverty to audiences around the country, I’ve found it most helpful to use an analogy from nuclear physics. All of us go through life with a certain level of stress that produces a level of background “radiation.” Usually,…

September 13, 2018 | David Rusk

Rethinking the District’s Unemployment Taxes

The District ended 2017 with $434.1 million of reserves in its Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. This is the highest level of reserves the city ever accumulated; and it is equivalent to 3.8 times the benefits paid out in the same year. Despite this large reserve, tax rates, which should decline as reserves…

September 10, 2018 |

D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor quoted by DC Line

On September 7, 2018, Scott Nover at the DC Line quoted Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor: Yesim Sayin Taylor, founding executive director of the DC Policy Center, is concerned that the District’s tax policies are driving broadcasters and other companies to the suburbs. “I don’t think the government has anything against the…

September 7, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

What Are D.C.’s Hottest Neighborhoods? Science Wants To Know – WAMU

On August 30, 2018, WAMU mentioned D.C. Policy Center Senior Fellow Randy Smith’s publication on D.C.’s heat islands in an article on a recently conducted study of heat islands in D.C. Read more at WAMU.

September 4, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Policy Center publication “D.C.’s heat islands” mentioned by Washington Post

On September 2, 2018, Terrence McCoy at the Washington Post mentioned the D.C. Policy Center’s publication “D.C.’s heat islands” and quoted Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor in an article entitled “‘I don’t want to die’: As the country bakes, studies show poor city neighborhoods are often much hotter than wealthy ones“: “Land…

September 4, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

The Hidden Resilience of “Food Desert” Neighborhoods | Sapiens

On August 30, 2018, D.C. Policy Center Fellow Randy Smith’s analysis “Food access in D.C is deeply connected to poverty and transportation” was cited in an article in Sapiens and Civil Eats on the limits of the “food desert” framework for food insecurity. Read more: The Hidden Resilience of “Food Desert” Neighborhoods | Sapiens Related: Food…

August 30, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Obstacles to Employment – CSOSA

On August 30, 2018, the Court Services and Offenders Supervision Agency (CSOSA) for the District of Columbia published a blog post about D.C. Policy Center Contributing Fellow Robin Selwitz’s article, Obstacles to Employment for Returning Citizens in D.C.

August 30, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C.’s Startup Scene, Part II: Opportunity Costs

Previously, in D.C.’s Startup Scene, I examined employment gains made by District startups[1] across industry sectors. I found that on average, startups in certain sectors—such as Accommodation and Food, Retail, and Wholesale Trade—were making relatively faster gains in employment compared to more established firms. However, startups within some of D.C.’s strongest industries—like…

August 29, 2018 | Shirin Arslan

How much affordable housing does D.C. have? The city can’t say for sure – Curbed

On August 17, 2018, Andrew Giambrone at Curbed quoted Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor: “Tax data tell us how many units have some sort of tax subsidy (11,374, including the 7,000 owned by DC) but this includes government owned projects, projects with some affordability covenant, projects that receive tax preferences because of…

August 20, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Obstacles to employment for returning citizens in D.C.

At least 67,000 D.C. residents—about 10 percent of the population[1]—are estimated to have a criminal conviction record, [2] and approximately 2,800 are released from incarceration annually. Even after these returning citizens are released from prison,[3] however, the consequences of their crimes continue. These former offenders continue to face hardships and challenges upon…

August 17, 2018 | Robin Selwitz

Study: Metro’s Orange Line ridership ‘hit particularly hard’ over last decade

On July 26, 2018, Curbed DC covered Ethan Finlan’s article on Orange Line ridership. Read Curbed DC’s coverage: Study: Metro’s Orange Line ridership ‘hit particularly hard’ over last decade | Curbed DC Read the article: Metro’s ridership crisis in focus: The Orange Line | The D.C. Policy Center

July 26, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Metro’s ridership crisis in focus: The Orange Line

This year, Metrorail lost its position as the nation’s second-busiest mass transit system, with ridership numbers for 2016 and 2017 displaying consistent declines. While the Greater Washington region is not alone among American metropolitan areas in experiencing declines in transit utilization in recent years – in 2016, only Seattle, Houston, and Milwaukee…

July 26, 2018 | Ethan Finlan

Ferry Tales: Could A Water Transportation System Come To The Region?

On Tuesday, July 24, 2018, D.C. Policy Center Fellow Alon Levy participated in a discussion on the Kojo Nnamdi show about whether a commuter ferry makes sense for the D.C. Region: “Water taxis already float across the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in the Washington area. But the region doesn’t have anything like…

July 24, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

The Great Sort: Part III

In “The Great Sort: Part I” and “The Great Sort: Part II” I documented that over the past half century poor Black residents and affluent Black residents have increasingly sorted themselves out into different neighborhoods throughout Metro Washington. In short, the Black population has become more economically polarized geographically. Indeed, the second article…

July 18, 2018 | David Rusk

Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin’s testimony at the Public Hearing on Bill 22-776, District of Columbia Education Research Advisory Board and Collaborative Establishment Amendment Act of 2018

Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin is giving testimony on July 13, 2018 at the public hearing on Bill 22-776, District of Columbia Education Research Advisory Board and Collaborative Establishment Amendment Act of 2018, in the D.C. Council. Read the testimony here.

July 13, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

Student loan debt, wealth divide are harming millennials’ homeownership dreams – WTOP

Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in an article from WTOP about the D.C. Policy Center’s research on homeownership in the District: D.C. has seen a population boom in the last 10 years, and the bulk of that growth has come from millennials moving into the area, said Yesim Sayin Taylor, executive director of the…

July 12, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Washington Post cites “D.C.’s heat islands”

On Wednesday, July 11th, 2018, the Washington Post mentioned D.C. Policy Center Senior Fellow Randy Smith’s publication on D.C.’s heat islands in an article on an upcoming study of heat islands in D.C. and Baltimore. Read more: NOAA’s ‘heat island’ campaign will map which areas in D.C. and Baltimore swelter the most |…

July 11, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

The Great Sort: Part II

In “The Great Sort: Part I,” I documented the increasing economic segregation within the Black community in the Metropolitan Washington region. I did so by showing the degree to which poor Black residents and affluent Black residents had increasingly come to live in different neighborhoods as measured by metro-wide statistics both in…

July 11, 2018 | David Rusk

Activate Your Summer! | East of the River

On July 9, 2018, East of the River news referenced the D.C. Policy Center article Physical activity and gym access by neighborhood in D.C. Read more: Activate Your Summer! | East of the River

July 9, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Why is DC so hot? Meteorologists call the District a ‘heat island’ – Fox 5

On Monday, July 9th, 2018, Fox 5 featured maps from D.C. Policy Center Senior Fellow Randy Smith’s article “D.C.’s heat islands”. There are some neighborhoods that feel hotter than others. The DC Policy Center’s map of the District shows how widely temps can vary across the city. Eastern parts of the District were much…

July 9, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C. Policy Center Speed Camera Articles Mentioned by UrbanTurf

On June 29, 2018, articles about speed cameras by Contributing Fellow William Farrell (“Predominately black neighborhoods in D.C. bear the brunt of automated traffic enforcement“) and Research Associate Simone Roy (“Speed cameras in D.C.“) were mentioned in UrbanTurf’s Friday Must Reads.

July 2, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Why cities heat up more than the suburbs – WUSA9

On July 2nd, 2018, WUSA9 mentioned D.C. Policy Center Senior Fellow Randy Smith’s article “D.C.’s heat islands“.

July 2, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Speed cameras in D.C.

D.C. has a complicated relationship with speed cameras. Research shows that speed cameras are an important tool to reduce crashes and traffic fatalities, especially as a complement to underlying road design improvements, and neighborhood residents frequently request them to slow traffic in dangerous areas. Automated cameras can also help reduce racially biased…

June 28, 2018 | Simone Roy

Predominately black neighborhoods in D.C. bear the brunt of automated traffic enforcement

In late 2015, Washington, D.C. joined the international Vision Zero movement by committing to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2024. The Vision Zero movement recognizes traffic collisions as a public health epidemic with identifiable causes and solutions, rather than accidental and immutable forces of nature beyond reach of safety interventions;…

June 28, 2018 | William Farrell

The Great Sort: Part I

I spent much of the 1960s as a full-time civil rights worker. From shortly after the great March on Washington of August 1963 through the Poor People’s Campaign of May-June 1968, I worked for the Washington Urban League, rising to assistant director under Sterling Tucker, our executive director. I remember well the…

June 26, 2018 | David Rusk

A portrait of D.C.’s older adults

D.C. has a reputation as a relatively young city; TIME magazine even recently declared that it the District is approaching “peak Millennial.” It is true that D.C. has a proportionally larger young population than the country as a whole—nearly 12 percent of D.C.’s population in 2016 was between 25 and 29 years…

June 22, 2018 | Guest Contributor

Primer on research-practice partnerships

As an addendum to D.C. needs research for school improvement and audits for oversight, but not from the same source, the D.C. Policy Center produced a research-practice partnerships primer to explain the basics of successful arrangements and highlight the extent to which the proposed D.C. education research collaborative aligns with existing partnerships. Access the primer…

June 18, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

The carbon tax is not a freebie

Some might see the revenue from a carbon tax a boon, but this tax will undermine the District’s economy and fiscal strengths. All taxes impose some economic costs, but costs of a carbon tax imposed on the District businesses and residents only, and not the rest of the metro area, will be…

June 18, 2018 | Yesim Sayin

D.C. needs research for school improvement and audit for oversight, but not from the same source

The D.C. Council is considering an education research collaborative that would carry out priority research on education in D.C. However, its current approach has one major flaw: the Council plans to place this entity under the Office of the D.C. Auditor, where it will also carry out an audit of D.C.’s education…

June 13, 2018 | Steven Glazerman, Chelsea Coffin, Yesim Sayin

The fight for NEAR Act implementation continues

On June 3, 2018, D.C. Policy Center Fellow Brent Cohen’s article on the implementation of the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act was cited by DC for Democracy. Read more: The fight for NEAR Act implementation continues | DC for Democracy Related: Implementing the NEAR Act to reduce violence in D.C. |…

June 3, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

D.C.’s Startup Scene

On the surface, the District’s startup scene appears to be more lively than ever before. The city has received numerous accolades from the Washington Post and WAMU to VentureBeat and Entrepreneur for fostering a vibrant startup ecosystem that is both supportive and diverse, making it a popular destination for determined entrepreneurs looking to set up shop. Pulling back, however,…

June 1, 2018 | Shirin Arslan

Reducing barriers for job-seekers

If you follow the latest articles on workforce development, you might be forgiven for thinking that the big question today is whether a robot will take your job, or which specific skills workers should learn in order to survive this automation apocalypse. It is true that technology is transforming the nature of…

May 23, 2018 | Bruce Ormond Grant

The District’s tax policy is moving away from first principles

January 1, 2018 was the day the District fully implemented its tax reform that began in 2015. January 1 was also the day of its undoing. January 1, 2018 was the day the District fully implemented its tax reform that began in 2015. The Federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2018,…

May 21, 2018 | Yesim Sayin

Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor quoted in the Washington Times

On May 16, 2018, Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in the Washington Times: Yesim Sayin Taylor, director of the nonpartisan think tank D.C. Policy Center, told The Times that’s good, but “the most important solution to affordable housing crises (while keeping the city vibrant) is to build more, and build…

May 17, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

FIRST TAKE: Don’t Decouple D.C. from the Federal Estate Tax

First Take is a regular opinion column by D.C. Policy Center Senior Fellow David Brunori. Some folks in the District of Columbia, including some folks on the D.C. Council, would like to decouple D.C. from the new federal estate tax law. That would be a mistake. I say that not because I…

May 17, 2018 | David Brunori

Fellow Mike Maciag’s article mentioned by UrbanTurf in their Wednesday Must Reads

On March 16, 2018, UrbanTurf mentioned D.C. Policy Center Fellow Mike Maciag’s article “Where telework is headed, and what it could mean for D.C.“

May 16, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin’s testimony at the Public Oversight Roundtable on the Future of School Reform in the District of Columbia

Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin is giving testimony on May 16, 2018 at the Public Oversight Roundtable on the Future of School Reform in the District of Columbia (Part II) in the D.C. Council. Read the testimony here.

May 16, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

FIRST TAKE: Targeted property taxes are not sound policy choices

First Take is a regular opinion column by D.C. Policy Center Senior Fellow David Brunori. I have long been a fan of the property tax. I think it is the ideal way to fund local general fund spending. But the property tax is rarely a sound vehicle for targeted spending or redistributing…

May 16, 2018 | David Brunori

Where telework is headed, and what it could mean for D.C.

After years of encouraging its employees to work from home, the U.S. Agriculture Department recently scaled back its policy significantly, now permitting employees to telework just one day a week instead of up to four. The Education Department, too, implemented a new collective bargaining agreement earlier this year without any provisions on…

May 15, 2018 | Mike Maciag

D.C. to enlist ER doctors in battle against opioid addiction

On Monday, May 7, 2018, the Washington Times cited the D.C. Policy Center in an article about local responses to the opioid crisis: D.C. officials plan to administer medications that help with addiction recovery to emergency room patients in the effort to combat the opioid epidemic. The pilot program for the ER…

May 7, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Guest Contributor Will Handsfield’s Article “The Case for the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola” Quoted by ARLnow

On May 4, 2018, ARLnow mentioned guest contributor Will Handsfield’s article on the Gondola, “The Case for the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola”, in its Morning Notes. Read Will Handsfield’s article here.

May 4, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Gondola station from Georgetown to Rosslyn proposed by officials – WJLA

On Thursday May 3, 2018, WJLA mentioned Alon Levy’s article “Could gondolas and water taxis improve intraregional transportation?” in a news report on the potential of a Georgetown-Rosslyn gondola. Read Alon Levy’s article here.

May 3, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Public charter schools in the neighborhood

How do public charter school participation rates vary across the city, and which public charter schools enroll many students from the surrounding area? This blog post examines public charter school outcomes as a follow up to the D.C. Policy Center report, Schools in the Neighborhood: Can Neighborhood Characteristics Explain Enrollment at In-boundary…

May 3, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

The Case for the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola

By Will Handsfield, Transportation Director, Georgetown BID   The D.C. Policy Center recently published an analysis of the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola by independent research fellow Alon Levy. The Georgetown BID, along with other partners, serves on the Executive Committee of the group exploring this project. And we disagree with certain arguments raised in…

May 2, 2018 | Guest Contributor

How the D.C. region is responding to the opioid crisis

Naloxone saves lives, but it’s only the first step.   The number of Americans who have died in the ongoing opioid epidemic continues to climb. Between September 2016 and September 2017, more than 45,600 Americans died from overdoses involving opioids. The number of fatal opioid-related overdoses in D.C. more than doubled between…

April 30, 2018 | Matthew Pembleton, Kathryn Zickuhr

Applying a Racial Equity Analysis: Housing Capacity in the District of Columbia

A new one-pager from the Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) explores how to bring a racial equity lens to the issues raised in the D.C. Policy Center’s recent report, “Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Market: Capacity, Affordability and Pressures on Family Housing”: The study by the D.C. Policy Center suggests that some families…

April 26, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Could gondolas and water taxis improve intraregional transportation?

Public transportation in the national capital region consists of Metrorail, buses, and some commuter trains. In between, there are substantial gaps in coverage: some in-demand neighborhoods have no rail service at all, especially Georgetown, whereas the service that does exist is often overcrowded, especially the Orange Crush in the morning from Arlington…

April 26, 2018 | Alon Levy

Upcoming talks in April and May

D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor will be speaking at three upcoming events in April and May: April 30: Fair Housing Act at 50: The State of Fair Housing in the District (free) May 3: Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock – The Lunch @ DC (free) May 17: National Tax Association…

April 24, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Schools in the Neighborhood: Exploring the Data

Three-quarters of public school students in the District attend a school other than the in-boundary school in their neighborhood, where they have a right to attend. But boundary participation rates, or the percent of public school students who attend their in-boundary school, vary widely across the city and are extremely high in…

April 19, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin, Simone Roy

Schools in the Neighborhood: Full Report

This report examines the connections between neighborhood characteristics and boundary school enrollment rates among the District of Columbia’s public school students to identify commonalities across school neighborhoods that draw higher proportions of in-boundary students.

April 17, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

Schools in the Neighborhood, Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Analysis of School Enrollment Finds Few Predictable Pathways Through 12th Grade for D.C. Families Three-quarters of all public school students living in the Wilson High School feeder pattern attend their in-boundary school, but elsewhere in D.C., a nearly equal share go out of boundary or choose charters. WASHINGTON,…

April 17, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Can Neighborhood Characteristics Explain Enrollment at In-Boundary Schools?

The D.C. Policy Center report “Schools in the Neighborhood: Can Neighborhood Characteristics Explain Enrollment at In-Boundary Schools?” examines the connections between neighborhood characteristics and boundary school enrollment rates among the District of Columbia’s public school students, and finds there’s only one pocket of the city where a majority of families in public…

April 17, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin

Greater Greater Washington discusses new housing stock report

On April 2, 2018, David Whitehead wrote about Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor’s recent housing report at Greater Greater Washington: Recently the D.C. Policy Center published a treasure trove of data and analysis that is pure candy to District YIMBYs and urbanists. There’s a lot in this lengthy report and we’ll continue…

April 2, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Can A Neighborhood Build Bigger–But Retain Its Character?

On April 2, 2018, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show (“Can A Neighborhood Build Bigger–But Retain Its Character?“) to discuss the D.C. Policy Center’s new report on the District’s housing stock: A new report from the D.C. Policy Center suggests that building more apartments…

April 2, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Report: D.C.’s housing market is segregated, not varied – Curbed

On March 29, 2018, Curbed wrote about D.C. Policy Center’s report “Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability, and Pressures on Family Housing” (full report). They write: Washington, D.C.’s population is expected to climb all the way up to 700,000 with an average monthly growth of 803 residents. But where will…

March 29, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

From Brightwood to Congress Heights, Putting DC Starter Homes (and Affordability) into Context – UrbanTurf

On March 28, 2018, UrbanTurf wrote about D.C. Policy Center’s report “Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability, and Pressures on Family Housing” (full report). They write: Additionally, when considering that 16,900 single-family homes fit the square footage and minimum bedroom parameters, those 4,764 “affordable” starter homes only represent 28…

March 29, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

More Density In Upper Northwest Could Solve D.C.’s Affordable Housing Crisis: Study – WAMU

On March 27, 2018, WAMU wrote about D.C. Policy Center’s report “Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability, and Pressures on Family Housing” (full report). They write: A wide-ranging analysis of the city’s housing supply, the report released Tuesday morning shows that the dominance of single-family homes in amenities-rich neighborhoods, coupled with…

March 27, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Study: Families Get the Worst Shake In D.C. Real Estate Market – Washington City Paper

On March 27, 2018, the Washington City Paper wrote about the D.C. Policy Center’s report “Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability, and Pressures on Family Housing” (full report). They write: The report, led by DCPC Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor, used publicly available property data and year-end reports from local agencies to…

March 27, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Everything you need to know about the D.C. tipped wage initiative – Washington Business Journal

On March 27, 2018, the Washington Business Journal quoted D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor: Of the 8,720 servers in D.C., roughly 56 percent live in Maryland and Virginia, and those commuting servers earn an average of $16 per hour. D.C. residents working the same jobs have estimated hourly wages…

March 27, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

One Person, Three Bedrooms: DC’s Mismatched Housing Market – UrbanTurf

On March 27, 2018, UrbanTurf wrote about D.C. Policy Center’s report “Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability, and Pressures on Family Housing” (full report). They write: The dearth of family-sized units in DC has received a lot of attention, whether as part of the debate over the fate of…

March 27, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: The Full Report

Quick links Summary of the report and its key findings and conclusions can be found here. PDF of the full report here. Chapter 1. Introduction Housing policies are central to the inclusiveness of a city. Housing defines, in large part, how residents share the wealth created by a city and how they access its assets…

March 27, 2018 | Yesim Sayin

Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability, and Pressures on Family Housing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability, and Pressures on Family Housing   Washington, D.C., March 27, 2018—A new report from the D.C. Policy Center provides the first comprehensive picture of the District’s housing stock and how well it is equipped to support a diverse city…

March 27, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability, and Pressures on Family Housing

The D.C. Policy Center report “Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability and Pressures on Family Housing” provides a comprehensive picture of the District’s housing stock to explore a longer-term view of housing affordability, especially for low and middle-income families in the District of Columbia. Taking Stock creates a new dataset…

March 27, 2018 | Yesim Sayin

Is maglev right for D.C.?

Last decade’s excitement about the prospect of high-speed rail in the United States gave way to disappointment over project cancellations and mounting costs. Instead of conventional high-speed rail (where trains run at 200 miles per hour), several ventures have come forth with proposals to build new, even faster technologies, such as magnetic…

March 22, 2018 | Alon Levy

Testimony from Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor on the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2018

On Tuesday March 20, 2018, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor will testify on Bill 22-663, the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2018. Read her full testimony here.

March 20, 2018 | Yesim Sayin

D.C. Government just released a list of (nearly) all of its data

This week, in celebration of Sunshine Week and as stipulated in D.C.’s Data Policy, the Chief Data Officer released the first Enterprise Dataset Inventory. The inventory is a near comprehensive list of enterprise datasets within government—all the spreadsheets, records, and databases that government agencies create and use internally to make decisions. Its…

March 15, 2018 | Kate Rabinowitz

Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show

On March 12, 2018, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss Universal Basic Income in D.C. with Councilmember David Grosso and Jennifer Budoff, Budget Director for the Council of the District of Columbia. It would surprise almost no one that it is expensive…

March 13, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

How military employment in D.C. has changed over time

Defense spending and employment play a key role in the role in D.C.’s local economy, as well as the broader metropolitan region. Nearly 27,000 active duty, reserve and civilian personnel were based in D.C. as of late last year, according to Department of Defense (DoD) figures. The federal government also typically awards…

March 12, 2018 | Mike Maciag

Universal Basic Income Could Help D.C.’s Poorest Get By, But Could The City Afford It? – WAMU

Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in a WAMU article entitled “Universal Basic Income Could Help D.C.’s Poorest Get By, But Could The City Afford It?” “We have a tradition of supporting our families and low-income residents. But it really hasn’t solved income inequality and economic segregation problems. We need to…

March 5, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center

The knowns and unknowns of Airbnb in D.C.

Last month, researchers from McGill University released a report on the outsized role of commercial Airbnb operators, and the impact of Airbnb rentals on New York City’s housing supply.[1] Commercial operators are hosts who list multiple whole-units or at least three private rooms—in other words, hosts who are not simply renting out…

March 1, 2018 | Kate Rabinowitz

Characteristics of neighborhoods with high in-boundary school enrollment

Chelsea Coffin, Director of the D.C. Policy Center’s Education Policy Initiative, spoke at a poster session at a conference organized by The Lab @ DC on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  Her presentation previewed new findings from a study of D.C. students’ enrollment patterns at in-boundary and out-of-boundary public schools and public charter schools that will be published…

February 27, 2018 | Chelsea Coffin, Simone Roy

How to build bus lanes and bike lanes—faster

D.C. wants more people on buses and bicycles. But it needs to pick up the pace on its projects to get there.   Washington, D.C. needs to improve its planning to build bus and bike lanes faster. The benefits of bus and bike lanes are realized only when the network of bus…

February 20, 2018 | Canaan Merchant

Oversight Committee Turnover Means Uncertainty for D.C. Home Rule Advocates

On February 15, 2018, Deputy Director of Policy Kathryn Zickuhr was quoted in a National Journal article on what the retirement of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Trey Gowdy means for D.C. budget autonomy. Congress has the ability to pass disapproval resolutions on bills passed by the D.C. Council, something it…

February 15, 2018 | D.C. Policy Center