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“The District is again adding just over 1,000 residents a month, 2015 population estimate is now at 672,228”

by Prince Of Petworth December 22, 2015 at 10:10 am 77 Comments

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the District of Columbia’s population gained another 12,392 residents between July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015. The District’s 2015 population estimate is now at 672,228, a 1.9 percent increase over the revised 2014 population number of 659,836. These numbers mean the District is again adding just over 1,000 residents a month.

The continued growth in residents demonstrates that the District remains an attractive place to live and work. The District has added more than 70,000 residents since the 2010 census and just over 100,000 residents in the 15 years since the census in 2000. This trend puts the District on track to bypass its previous peak population in 1950 of 802,000 within the next two decades.

“I am encouraged by the new census numbers,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “More and more people are choosing to call the District of Columbia ‘home,’ and my Administration is working hard to sustain our growth and to ensure that residents in all eight wards share in our prosperity. By expanding affordable housing, striving for world-class schools, and creating pathways to the middle class, we are making the District of Columbia a great place to reside, work, and play, whether you have lived here five minutes or five generations.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the main driver of the increase was domestic and international migration—people moving to the District from other parts of the United States, and from abroad. Between July 2014 and July 2015, in addition to the natural increase (births minus deaths) of 4,375 residents, a total of 8,282 more people moved into the District than moved out. Of these 8,282 net new residents to the city, 3,731 more people moved from other U.S. states than moved out and 4,551 more moved to the District from other countries than the number of residents that left the District for other countries. While net international migration made a greater contribution to the District’s population growth than net domestic migration, net domestic migration has grown four times its previous year total and demonstrates that the District continues to attract residents from other U.S. states.

The District’s baby boom also continued into 2015. More than 9,400 babies were born to District resident mothers each year since 2013.

“We have been planning with this growth in mind,” said Eric D. Shaw, Director of the DC Office of Planning (OP), which houses the District’s State Data Center. “And we continue to plan for not the just the overall growth, but recognize that we need to be responsive to the changing characteristics of the population, more specifically children and families.”

  • And still zero Senators!
    (Will be curious how many of those babies end up staying in DC beyond year 3 or 4….)

    • Philippe Lecheval

      I’d like to see statistics on how long people actually stay here after they move here. In the 15+ years that I’ve been here, I’ve known so many people who have moved here and then moved away within 5 years or so.

      • Anon

        Look around in the DC.gov site, I seem to recall a report being published not long ago with the exact statistics that you seek.

      • anon

        I think 5 years sounds about right… maybe 7 years. I stayed in the city about 5 years before moving back to the suburbs and most of my friends did the same or left the DC/MD/VA area a few years after college.

      • spookiness

        As long as there are others ready to back-fill, does it really matter?

        • Philippe Lecheval

          Does anything really matter?

          • Anon

            Cue that classic Walter Sobchak quote.

        • CHGal

          I think it’s definitely relevant. You’re more likely to be invested in your neighborhood, school district etc. if you plan on being here long term. No one is going to open a business if they know they won’t be around much longer.

          • jaybird

            Well the schools in N.W. are over capacity so some must be staying.

          • gotryit

            It’s not just the schools in NW that are over capacity.

          • dcd

            Decent schools across the city are at (or over) capacity, with long wait lists. Failing schools are significantly under-enrolled. Attempts to rectify this situation were reduced to nibbling at the edges. If you’re in a good school, it’s fine (though not ideal) – if not, it’s nerve-wracking.

          • gotryit

            It seems to be more than “nibbling at the edges”. I’ve been paying attention for the past 5 years or so, and I’ve seen a good number of schools shift from ‘questionable’ to ‘good enough to be in high demand’ in a wide range of areas – Petworth, Shaw, Capitol Hill, even east of the Anacostia river.
            Our kids’ school was almost closed for under-enrollment about 8-10 years ago, but just expanded significantly this past year.

    • CRT

      A higher percentage than would have ten years ago, which is the whole reason the population is growing. I recently bought a house and plan to raise children in the district. For increasing numbers of people, the suburbs offer nothing but a never ending traffic jam.

      • Former Suburbanite

        “For increasing numbers of people, the suburbs offer nothing but a never ending traffic jam.”
        I think you mean for anyone, unless they have a personal jet or never leave the house except between midnight and 4am.

        • Philippe Lecheval

          This isn’t limited to the suburbs, either. DC is becoming an endless traffic jam, and not just for motor vehicles.

          • Former Suburbanite

            I haven’t found that to really be true outside of downtown. It’s gotten worse but still doesn’t hold a candle to the shitshow in the suburbs. And as long as you’re staying within the city you have other options for getting around (of course, with more people reverse commuting to the suburbs more DC residents are needing to be car-dependent).

          • ***

            DC was just ranked #1 for worst traffic. We beat out LA, NYC, Atlanta. Traffic is a huge problem here, largely due to the unreliability of the metro system.

          • I Dont Get It

            Yeah but isn’t that for the DC metro area, not just DC?

          • Josh

            I thought that was for the entire Metro area. And if you’re mostly taking the Metro or walking, who cares?

          • real maria

            It seems DC burb traffic is number one, but not inner city. For example, in Seattle inner city/downtown traffic is way worse than DC. It might be better here in outer suburbs, but i’ve never been stuck on a bus for an hour in DC being a mile from downtown.

          • Timebomb

            The Texas A&M study you’re citing is flawed. It considers traffic based on delay vs. non-traffic trips; a sprawled out metro area like DC’s is at a disadvantage by that metric. If we had a denser core and more people lived in it, traffic might be worse, but it’d be in a smaller geographical area than currently and average trip time could be reduced. To say nothing of how much more viable it’d make alternate forms of transit.
            Also worth noting is that the metro system, while currently operationally flawed, is the second or third most used one in the country. It’s certainly not the cause of our traffic problems. Most metro areas have nothing even close to as functional in terms of public transit infrastructure.

          • anon

            good gravy . . . anyone who’s ever navigated LA traffic knows it’s the cluster to end all clusterf@*!s DC isn’t even close

          • Josh

            I was in LA a couple years ago and wished (suburban) DC traffic could be that good. It was slow moving, but at least it was moving most of the time.

        • anon

          +1. DC is one big traffic jam.

  • JS

    Here’s a reason why housing prices keep escalating.

    • Truxtoner

      Yes, obviously. Especially when one considers the very few areas of the city available for additional density in housing.

  • d

    The bolded projection is actually quite conservative. If we continue to grow at the same rate as the last 5 years, we should hit 802k in 2024, so just within a decade. Of course, that can easily shift to the following decade, but the way it’s worded seems like we’re on pace to hit it within 20 years rather than closer to 10.

    • d

      Ah, nevermind. I see now that they’re using data back to 2000 to project the trendline, so perhaps the statement is appropriately conservative. But considering that DC was spinning its wheels in the early 2000s population-wise, I’d bet that the 2010-2015 growth is more reflective of what we’ll see than the 2000-2010 trend.

      • The OP Anon

        Eh, I’d stick with the conservative estimates. 2010-2015 population growth reflected the dire conditions of the financial crisis affecting the rest of the country. People flooded to DC because only the USG was spending in 2010. Private investment sucked.
        The wars are ending and we have an austerity party controlling Congress. Not a great set of circumstances for the city. I think the 15 to 20 year timeline is more accurate. The population will still grow because a certain subset of families will stay, but many still think the American dream for their children is 4 separate walls, a yard, and minimal crime worries.

        • d

          I might have agreed with you two years ago or even last year, but the country has been in recovery mode while the region has been in sequestration mode for a few years now and we’re still growing at 1k per month. We’re in a metropolitan area of 6 million plus residents, of which DC had been gaining a negative share for decades. That trend has reversed and I think the District will continue to pull more than its current share from the region for some time. Unless of course, this year’s crime uptick is more than temporary.

          • caroline

            Walkability! It’s an amenity that’s becoming more in demand, and few places in the US have it. And with fewer people having kids, there are fewer people giving that up for the suburbs.

          • Anonymous

            One thing to consider is that many people don’t report taxes in DC, even though they live here. My GF has been paying taxes to MD addressed out of her mother’s house, despite renting in DC for the last 6 years. I bet this is the case with a lot of young people originally from VA and MD. If the census methodology is looking at taxes filed, it probably under-reports the actual number of people who have moved to the District.

          • Formerly ParkViewRes

            Why don’t you tell your girlfriend to stop evading taxes and grow the f!ck up. God, I cannot stand this mindset. I was born and raised in Virginia, but no as soon as I moved into DC I switched everything over–address, car, etc. This really makes me irate.

          • Anonamom

            Agreed with FPVR! This is ludicrous to me. Not changing your license? Ok, glad you’re ok with not being able to have a vote in the city you live in. Not changing your car registrtation? Fine, take the risk of a ROSA violation. But not paying taxes? Because you are a selfish twit who wants to pay less money? Grow up.

          • CHGal

            I have voted here in the last 3 elections and still have an Illinois drivers license. Drivers License is not the only way to prove residency for voting. Also, depending what county you are paying in in Maryland, DC is not always more expensive.

          • caroline

            I don’t know about MD, but aren’t taxes in VA higher anyway? I think people do this because they’re lazy, not to save money.
            And yeah, it’s ridiculous to be paying for highways in MD when her money could be going towards things she actually uses in DC on a regular basis.

          • Formerly ParkViewRes

            Virginia income taxes are lower, my paycheck decreased SLIGHTLY after I moved. The personal property tax in Virginia is more though so I saved money there.

          • Anon

            Great point about taxes. These estimates rely on IRS returns/exemptions to count net domestic migration, so this group is likely underestimated given the jurisdictional inconsistencies mentioned above.

  • Brett M

    These are only estimates and Census has notoriously been dead wrong about its DC population estimates. I’ll wait for the actual Census in 2020 before jumping to conclusions about how fast DC’s population is growing or not.

    • Bullwinkle


  • D

    Better expand the street-car network, quick.

  • Newtonian

    The powers can be can deduct 3 from that total. We’re looking to leave our overpriced, get-mugged-outside-your-front-door building as soon as possible. We’re hoping to move to a place where we can be out with our child after dark (“curfew”) without fear of being victims of violent crime committed by youth that will either (a) never be caught or (b) never face criminal penalties.

    • jasmine

      I second that.

      • We moved too

        We recently moved to NOVA after about 10 years in DC. My commute (Metro) is about 10 minutes longer than before, but I don’t worry about crime or schools anymore, and my house is twice as big and has a yard.

        • dcd

          Us too. My commute is 20 minutes shorter in the morning, and the same in the evening (though I drive now, rather than walk/metro). For us, the key was staying as close in as possible. We were fortunate to find a neighborhood filled with young families who, for the most part, used to live in DC, moved because of schools, crime or both, but wanted to still have the city be their center of gravity, rather than a strip mall on Rockville Pike or 7 Corners. Most of my daughter activities are in DC (and those that aren’t weren’t last year, either), my commute is roughly the same (though more expensive), and our lives haven’t migrated to the burbs (yet – who knows what it’ll be like in 10 years, though). I have a great deal of respect for the people who commit to raising their kids in DC for the long term, but I’m either more pessimistic, not as wealthy, and not as interested in spending a lot of time worrying and working to improve DC with uncertain results.

          • Anonamom

            You hit the nail on the head with the “not as wealthy.” It’s one thing for sure if you live in Upper NW, WOTP and are able to afford private school than if you are middle class (or less) and living EOTP.
            I used to be committed to raising the kids here, and honestly, with a 4th grader, we’ve made it longer than most. I have very close friends who are committed and I completely understand why, but the closer we have gotten to middle school, the less committed I have become. I am curious how many of the committed parents I know will change their tune once 4th grade rolls around.

          • DCParent

            The NOVA burbs are more expensive than EOTP DC if you want walkability and good schools…

        • Newtonian

          I commend your endurance and community engagement. However, it seems like if you are committed to raising your children here and enrolling them in DCPS, there is a good chance kids like the ones responsible for yesterday’s Red Line Metro attack will be their classmates as they get older.
          I make as much or more here as a nurse than I would if I lived in other metro areas, but it’s not enough to support a family. I identify as liberal, but DC makes me feel conservative at times because I resent working my a** off so that my tax revenue can subsidize someone else’s housing and childcare when I receive no financial help with mine (with the seeming likelihood that the kids I’m supporting will turn around and attack my family or me someday when I’m out living my life, minding my own business).

          • erik


          • Engineer

            “However, it seems like if you are committed to raising your children here and enrolling them in DCPS, there is a good chance kids like the ones responsible for yesterday’s Red Line Metro attack will be their classmates as they get older.”
            So? I went to a high school with a lot of kids like that they had nothing to do with me or my friends. As long as you take honors or AP classes (which are easy to get into in an underachieving school) you can avoid the riffraff.

          • Anonamom

            ” I resent working my a** off so that my tax revenue can subsidize someone else’s housing and childcare when I receive no financial help with mine” – you will do this anywhere you move that has any sort of welfare system; this is absolutely not unique to DC. In fact, in DC, because the median income levels are so high, you are actually more likely to be working your ass off to help support another mom who is also working her ass off, probably even the techs you work with. Up until my recent job change, I qualified for assistance (though I took none). Up until recently, I worked for a Highly Regarded Hospital in the city that is also known for not paying it’s staff too well if you don’t have an RN, NP, PA, or MD after your name. Hopefully you would agree that the support staff who work to keep department running smoothly are, for the most part, working their asses off as well. Also, I can promise you that if I hypothetically took assistance in order to help support my children, that I can guarantee you that my children would absolutely not be the ones who would turn around and attack yours; they are too busy making something of themselves to worry about kids who’s parents automatically assume they are trash and deviants because they get support.

          • Newtonian

            @anonamom I admit I was speaking in general terms and appreciate your feedback. I respect anyone who works hard and acknowledge that it is difficult to raise kids and support a family regardless of your income or address. In that same vein, no one who works in my (maybe our? MWHC, for what it’s worth) hospital has an easy job, regardless of their title or job description. We often work without techs (always floated to sit) and appreciate them when we have them.
            I do not resent paying my fair share of taxes and would pay more if it meant better basics for all (including, but not limited to, infrastructure and education) because no one loses when a society is educated, parents can adequately feed and care for their children, and you don’t have to worry about the bridge you’re driving on collapsing. My comment stems from my experience of living within a stone’s throw of the Columbia Heights Metro, taking public transportation and walking around in Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant on a daily basis (I don’t own a car and rarely drive), and working at MWHC for the better half of a decade. Based on my experience and observations, I often feel like my monetary contribution to society is not going to good use, as I observe individuals on a daily basis who appear to have little to zero interest in educating themselves, setting a good example for their children, or working to pay for their lifestyle. My comment was not directed at hardworking individuals like yourself. Happy holidays.

    • Duponter

      Sounds like you’re looking for the suburbs. Or a neighborhood in DC that isn’t cheap(er). Those places exist in DC. (See Chevy Chase).

    • Newtonian

      We thought Mt. Pleasant (aka “Mt. Pregnant”) would be a good place to raise our child and moved to Mt. P in 2014 after 5 years in Columbia Heights. All was well until my husband was mugged by 3 pieces of sh*t less than a block away from our home in early July.
      Between my husband’s mugging, what I see at work (I’m a trauma ICU RN at the busiest trauma center in town and care for patients on both sides of the law…most of those MPD says to “LOF” have zero recollection of what happened when the detectives show up, don’t know how they got beaten up/shot/stabbed because they don’t want to snitch, and their families are either clueless or insane), the prevailing culture of laziness and lack of accountability of DC government and district agencies (hello, WMATA!), DC’s “work like a dog” culture, the exorbitant cost vs. deteroriating quality of living here now that I’m a parent, and this year’s crime trends, we’re hoping to move. Hubby and I have lived in a variety of American cities (NYC/Brooklyn, SF, Philly) as well as abroad, so DC wasn’t our first “big city” rodeo. We’re fed up with paying so much to live in a place where we feel like we have to be inside by dark. It’s not worth it to us anymore, and we’re probably leaving the region to be closer to family (Charleston or San Antonio…not the worst options) and to live a more relaxed, less expensive life.
      Side note: had to update my CC info for Smartrip auto-reload today. Noticed the card that was stolen from my hubby when he was mugged was still active. I was able to see how the muggers got around (greatest hits: 90 buses, Anacostia, and the Potomac Ave Circulator) for the week+ after he was mugged until they ran the balance into the red. Never thought to check this after the mugging, but something to consider if someone takes your wallet!

      • anon

        Sorry to hear about that, I’m on the same track to leave soon for the same reasons. I’ll let one of these young whippersnappers with more stamina and patience come in and take my place here.

        • caroline

          Ha, I moved to DC from VA precisely because I have no patience and stamina! Guess it depends on what aspects of city or suburban living you can tolerate the most.

      • Euclid

        Agreed, thinking 20 years here is enough, time to move somewhere safe like Detroit or Baltimore, or maybe Santa Barbara, I do like to see the sun sometimes in winter.

    • Sydney P

      Sounds like a good plan, if you want to have zero time left for your family and no community outside encounters at strip malls.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Huh? You seemed to either not read or not comprehend most of the above.

      • Newtonian

        @sydney p Not sure of your situation or reality, but living here, my family time has taken a nosedive because I have to work a schedule opposite my husband so that we don’t have to hire a nanny. Child care in DC is the most expensive of any American city. http://goo.gl/VH46tv
        It’s also hard to have much family time if one parent’s employer demands 60+ hour work weeks (not exactly my situation, but the reality for many of my parent friends). There are plenty of safer, smaller cities with walkable neighborhoods where housing is much cheaper than DC and you aren’t at risk for becoming a random statistic of violent crime at the hands of kids who don’t GAF.

        • Engineer

          I think Sydney didn’t read and assumed you were doing a DC-to-DC suburb move. Living in the DC suburbs means you typically have all the problems you mentioned plus a lot of time commuting and otherwise trying to get places. It can put a huge strain on family dynamics.

          But I can understand moving to a less charming and less expensive city in another part of the country. Like you, I could make just as much as I do here somewhere else. If I wanted kids I’d go elsewhere because it would be a stretch financially to raise them in DC, and living in the suburbs would be detrimental to all of us with no real value.

        • Josh

          Only DC employers demand 60+ hour work weeks?

          • HaileUnlikely

            You’re arguing for the sake of arguing here. Obviously, there exist employers outside of DC that demand employees work more than 60 hours per week. However, there are lots of jobs, here and elsewhere, that don’t, and there are lots of places where the cost of living is sufficiently much lower that somebody who is completely at the mercy of their employer here would have a whole lot more latitude.

          • Josh

            I’m not arguing, just trying to understand the relevance of that comment. Are they saying in cheaper cities one parent could afford to stay at home? That’s not exactly the same thing though.

          • Josh

            On the contrary, I think it’s easier here to get a job that allows flex time, part time, and/or telecommuting. Many government positions offer at least one of those benefits.

          • Formerly ParkViewRes

            They’re saying there are cheaper cities where you work less hours, get paid well enough to support yourself (and possibly a whole family on one salary), and is less expensive in general. Yes, those jobs exist in DC, but there aren’t too many and even if you do get paid well and only work 40 hours it doesn’t change that fact that DC is expensive and only getting more expensive. Daycare is especially INSANE.

          • Paycheck

            In Charleston if your boss wants you to work extra hours you can say “Take this job and shove it”! You don’t have to worry about paying the mortgage because you bought your house outright with equity from your DC house. I think that’s what she meant.

          • Paycheck

            (of course if you’re not working solely to pay the mortgage I would not recommend this approach!)

      • say what

        Yes I would like fewer encounters with the “Community” of shitty teenagers who scream “f u Ni–ger” at each other on the playground by my house. The upside is that within a few years, hopefully most will be doing hard time after the juvenile warms up with MPD . I have a young kid too and between the stress of school lottery, our shitty IB school and the roving bands of thug teens, I hope we are out of here in a few years too. And trust me Mayor Bowser and my rep _Nadeau-do not care at all about the long term ramifications of high income families leaving the City.

  • h st ll

    Where’s that guy who has gone by The Joker and at least 4 other names… he always copies and pastes his spiel on the ‘dramatic decrease’ of DC population and how he is a truthteller.


  • ST21

    It cracks me up when people in here go at each other over stuff like this. Bottom line is everyone has their own personal preferences and no one is ever really “right”. There really is no reason to debate over which neighborhood is a better option than others, or which city is better, or taxes, traffic, etc, etc…

    I don’t really understand the constant traffic whining that goes on in this city. The metro area traffic 100% sucks, I completely agree with everyone on that. At the same time, however, literally every major city I have been to for an extended period of time seems to have the exact same traffic issue. I was in NYC a couple weeks ago on Thursday at 8pm and it took me over an HOUR in a cab (who was up to typical nyc cab maneuvers) to go about 2 miles. My last trip out to San Fran (about a year ago) I was at my friends place which is less than a mile to the golden gate bridge and it took me an hour to get there as well. Boston?? You want to complain about the traffic circles in this city.. I suggest you go to Boston and check out those traffic circles. Some of the craziest, least descriptive, most confusing traffic patterns I’ve ever seen. Any major city is going to have traffic when you have that much density in a relatively smaller area. Just a fact, bro. No need to even get into LA and ATL because for those of you who have ever been there, I don’t care what the “rankings” say, they are the 2 worst I’ve ever seen.

    I also have a tough time with the people who are “outraged” by crime “in this area”. Is it acceptable? Absolutely not. It’s sad that there are people out there who just are complete drains on society and resort to crime and violence. Does DC have it’s fair share of that? You bet. It seemed to be going away but 2015 was rough. I sympathize with the people who have had incidents happen to them. However, once again this is going to happen in any major city. Is that a lame thing to say? Maybe. But it’s just a true statement. Personally, I have lived in DC (Georgetown, DuPont, Kalorama) for 5 years now and have never had anything happen to me or come close to it really. That being said, I HAVE been jumped in a major city (twice actually) but it was not in DC. Once was in Brooklyn, and the other was in Baltimore (shocker). Both times I was unharmed and I was able to get away but it just shows that if your’re living in a city there will always be a small chance this could happen.

    Personally, I love how popular the district is becoming. I am in my late 20s (closing in on 30) and there are a ton of people I know in my age range who are trying to move here. Not just moving here for work either.. They genuinely love it and I absolutely see why. The restaurant scene has absolutely exploded, there are beautiful tourist attractions and museums all over the city (WWII memorial my fav), the local job market has seen steady growth, brand new beautiful condo buildings, booming neighborhoods that have been revitalized, and the diversity really is unique. There really is something for everyone here right now and I don’t think that was something that could be said even just 10 years ago.

    What I love most about the city is that it has all these awesome, beautiful components to it and it manages to do that with a “smaller city feel” to it. Does it have it’s flaws and it’s warts? For sure. Is it a little too pricey right now for what it is? Yes I think that is a valid argument. DC housing is being marketed and priced for what it’s becoming instead of what it is currently. I understand the frustration there. However, I am okay with that (and clearly others are too looking at the growing population) as long as prices don’t reach that NYC and SF level because that is just ridiculous.

    I think sometimes people tend to focus on what DC isn’t instead of appreciating what DC is. This isn’t an NYC or San Fran, it doesn’t have that “Big City” feel that some want. Personally, I love that about DC and I appreciate it’s uniqueness. I do understand why people complain and I don’t mean for this to be a post attacking those who do.. I just think sometimes people need to realize that a lot of these problems our city faces are the exact same issues that other cities are dealing with as well.

    • B

      +1000. I’ve lived here since 1992, and while much older than you, I was your age when I moved here. We need many more like you with you positive attitude, and I love seeing so many young people discovering all that DC has. No need to reiterate what you have said, but the changes that have happened since I first moved into the city (or when I grew up in the suburbs as a kid) are amazing. This is a great city.

      • ST21

        I grew up in the local burbs as well so maybe there is some blind homer-ism going on in my case, but I truly do love it here. Everyone has their own opinions, which I completely respect, and I do understand some of the concerns. My only gripe with some of the constant whining I hear/see is that people act like these issues are specific to DC ALONE and that simply isn’t the case at all. Every major city has these types of problems and people all over the place have to learn how to deal with it. DC is certainly an imperfect city, but I wish more people would focus on all the great things that are happening here. I think folks underestimate just how special DC is and take for granted some of the unique experiences that are going on around them every single day.

        The diversity component is another underrated aspect that I didn’t get into earlier. I was at a bar the other night in the Logan Circle area and I swear it was equally divided between at least 3 different races and also a mix of gay and straight. I thought that was pretty dope. I used to travel out to Chicago a lot (2nd favorite city besides DC) and it was basically impossible to walk into a bar/restaurant and not see a place completely packed with single straight white people. Not saying there’s anything wrong with that (I’m single, white, and straight) but that’s just how it is there. I think it’s cool how diverse our city is. One guy who had an interesting take on the city recently is Dusty Baker (new Nats manager) who said it was one of his all time favorite places because he has never been somewhere where you can walk down the street and meet 5 different people from all over the world. Then again Dusty did have some dumbass stuff to say a couple weeks later regarding domestic abuse so maybe not the best source. He did smoke a J with Jimi Hendrix, however, so he’s still a legend in my book.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      Agree with pretty much everything you said. I was back over Thanksgiving and we went out and Petworth and I was thinking to myself I love DC and all the little neighborhoods. That said I hope they get a handle on the crime.

    • d

      The spike in crime disgusts me, but to be 100% honest, if it weren’t for PoPville (and to a lesser extent the Post) I would have absolutely no clue it was going on. The changes to the city look positive from my day-to-day on the street perspective, though I do realize that has been a pretty fortunate perspective.

  • Joan Eisenstodt

    Any known stats from readers of how the many newcomers have registered to vote here and the stats on their registrations? That is what the increase or decrease is in what was a majority Dem place to live? Any idea if they know that if they declare residency here they give up a bunch of rights? And planning for this influx? Other than lots of new and over-priced housing, what’re the benefits for any of us?

  • anon

    DC is getting more expensive to Iive in, so I think it will move to be more like places more expensive, like NYC and SF, where people move away, or move to the suburbs because they are cheaper to rent/buy in, and that the people who will live in the city will be increasingly younger, or very well-paid, or both, along with the people who have been here long enough that they locked in cheaper housing costs years ago. It will remain a desirable place to live, but attainable by fewer.


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