The DC Line: The only Democrat registered as a 2022 mayoral candidate says he ‘never went away’ after losing to Bowser in 2018

The DC Line, September 21, 2022, The Only Democrat Registered as a 2022 Mayoral Candidate Says He ‘Never Went Away’ After Losing to Bowser in 2018

James Butler is the only Democrat running for Mayor of Washington, D.C. in the June 2022 primary. If elected, he promises to tackle gentrification and housing inequality by expanding rent control policies to include newer buildings and lowering the artificially inflated median family income (MFI) which has lead to exorbitant housing prices.

A 2019 study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition concluded that between 2003 and 2013, Washington, DC had the highest rate of gentrification in comparison to similar cities across the nation.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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