Gentrification in the D.C. Area Pushes People From Homes and Away From Transit

Article/Op-Ed in The Washington Post
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Feb. 14, 2020

Yuliya Panfil wrote for The Washington Post about the overlooked link between displacement and transit deserts in the Washington D.C. metro area.

A recent study by the University of Minnesota found that in the District, low-income residents are being pushed out of gentrifying neighborhoods at the highest rate in the country. The neighborhoods that have experienced the largest outflow of low-income residents, according to the study — places such as Logan Circle, Petworth and Columbia Heights — have an average walk score of 82.5 and an average transit score of 74.5.
By contrast, the neighborhoods receiving the largest inflow of low-income residents — suburbs including New Carrollton, Aspen Hill and Annandale — have an average walk score of 42.5 and an average transit score of 28.8.
This means the District’s most vulnerable residents, who had not historically relied on a car because they lived in dense urban zones, are being pushed into areas where having a car is necessary. Many can’t afford one.

Read more about the challenges of D.C.'s transit deserts here.

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