May 17, 2007

The "Masterplan" Is Working

In 2000, blacks made up 60 percent of the District's population. By 2006, that figure was 55 percent, according to the US Census Bureau.

"What you see are whites moving into the city because they are able to afford the pricey housing in all these areas that are gentrifying and becoming much more middle and upper-middle class," said William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, told the WaPo.

“A lot of neighborhoods are going through a process of change and growth,” Brookings Institution demographer Audrey Singer told the WashExam, which noted changes in neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Capitol Hill.

DC Bubble hates the defensiveness and guilt surrounding these numbers. While some African American fear there is a "masterplan" to turn Chocolate City into a place only for the blonde-and-blue eyed, many whites engage in hand-wringing because they are forcing out black families. How many blacks have been forced out of Noma or downtown where the condos were built on brownfields? Or sorry can you feel for the black family that moved from DC to PG county where the schools are better?

3 comments:

Colin said...

Agreed. This isn't a good or bad thing, it's just a thing.

Anonymous said...

I agree, I think in all it is a good thing. In 1995, nobody walked east of 16th street for the most part. There was nothing. This city was an embarrasment for a world capital. It is truly astounding what has happened here in 8 years or so. Nobody thought DC would ever become an upscale, design conscious city, but it has. And, it is mainly a money thing in the city, not race.

Anonymous said...

Can't gentrify fast enough if you ask me.