Can A Neighborhood Build Bigger–But Retain Its Character?

April 02, 2018
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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 in D.C.’s upper Northwest neighborhoods–where there are many suburban-style single family homes–would help the city keep up with demand for housing from small households and solve the District’s affordable housing crisis. Some also see it as a way to bring more diversity to parts of the city that are largely white and wealthy. But some residents worry about what more development might mean for the character of their neighborhoods. Is the idea of creating a more urban, inclusive city at odds with preserving neighborhood character?

Listen to the show here.

Related: Taking Stock of the District’s Housing Stock: Capacity, Affordability, and Pressures on Family Housing | D.C. Policy Center

Feature photo by Ted Eytan.

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