The GW Hatchett: DC mayoral candidate talks campaign, future of DC

The GW Hatchett, March 28, 2022, DC mayoral candidate talks campaign, future of DC

D.C. mayoral candidate and at-Large Council member Robert White discussed his campaign and plans for the city in the University Student Center Thursday.

White, a fifth-generation D.C. resident, outlined many of his goals as mayor, including lowering homicide rates, combating poverty and expanding affordable housing. He said many parts of D.C. have been the subject of gentrification – a practice where investment in neighborhoods makes property prices too high for lower-income residents living in the area.

The District was named the 13th most-gentrified city in the United States, down from the most-gentrified city the previous year in a report published in 2020 by the the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, an organization aiming to end housing discrimination.

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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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