Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The District of Columbia added 13,022 residents between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2013, bringing the city's total population to more than 646,000 people. That is a 2.056 percent increase in one year.

However, D.C.'s population grew by 13,803 (2.228 percent) in 2012, and by 14,499 (2.396 percent) in 2011.

If D.C. were a state, it would be larger than Vermont or Wyoming, and within striking distance of North Dakota (whose population rocketed upward by 22,048 or 3.14 percent to 723,393 due to a huge oil boom). Maryland grew by 43,946 (0.747 percent) and Virginia by 73,777 (0.901 percent) in 2012-2013.

But let's be clear about the Washington Post's reporting: When WaPo says "Washington, D.C.", it really means "everything west of the Anacostia River".

In fact, there's been ZERO population growth in Ward 8, and Ward 7 grows only because it has a foothold on the western side of the Anacostia River.

While there have been a few housing projects constructed (mostly of low quality, and mostly near the Ancostia Metro station) in Ward 8 in 2013, almost no business investment has occurred here. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue continues to look like Berlin circa June 1945, and the National Capital Planning Commission continues to suppress high-density housing projects in the area so that rich, white people living in downtown can maintain their "skyline/vista views". Increasingly, Ward 8 looks like downtown D.C. in the late 1980s: Big government office buildings, emptying at 5 PM, turning the area into a ghost town with no retail and no services open past "the commuter hour". The D.C. Office of Historic Preservation continues to worship at the altar of "history" while sacrificing the jobs, livelihoods, and incomes of the people of Ward 8.

Now the city wants a new stadium in Ward 8 -- one that sits unused six months out of the year, which will attract no retail and no services to the area, and which will generate no economic growth near it.


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