A look at what's going on in Trinidad, on H Street, and in the larger area north of Capitol Hill.
Wonderful, just as areas that have been serious need of investment and improvement start to turn the corner - they decide to dump this type of garbage all over them. $39 million shortfall and were going to spend money to subsidize people living in places they can't normally afford?I'm not completely heartless, mind you. I have no problem whatsoever using tax money to assist the homeless or the truly needy. The thing is though, there is no "right" to live in the city - or anywhere for that matter. If the "rent is too damn high" then you, like everyone else in history, must find better opportunities elsewhere. I am a firm believer in homeownership and how it improves neighborhoods by giving people a stake in their condition. This is one of the reasons areas with high rentership to ownership ratios generally have piss-poor aesthetics. People that rent on the whole don't care when there's trash on the street or the yard looks like crap.I am not in favor of "excelerating" the process of homeonwership - either through neo-con "free market" principles like the mortgage pyramid schemes that nearly collapsed the economy - or "affordable" housing initiatives that for all intents and purposes give people homes they can't pay for through subsidization. Neither establishes a keep component in what makes a good homeowner, RESPONSIBILITY.Say what you will about gentrification... it WORKS.
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