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Poll: White and wealthy residents in D.C. think redevelopment helps them. Black and poor residents don’t.
By Paul Schwartzman, Abigail Hauslohner and Scott Clement November
20 at 6:00 AM
A stark racial
divide exists among District residents in their attitudes toward the city’s
economic renaissance, with a majority of blacks viewing the evolution negatively,
while a preponderance of whites embrace the changes, according to a new
Washington Post poll.
Overall, the poll
found that a majority of Washingtonians, including 86 percent of white
residents, largely see benefits in redevelopment that helped the city emerge as
a gilded hub renowned for new luxury high-rise buildings and refurbished
But with the
city’s declining pool of moderately priced housing, the percentage of residents
expressing reservations about the changes has grown from a quarter to more than
a third of the population.
For the first
time in Post polling, a majority of African Americans — 55 percent — say
that the redevelopment is bad for people like them, as opposed to
39 percent who expressed that opinion last year. In 2000, 3 in 4 black
residents applauded redevelopment, a figure that has declined by nearly half.
Alice Chandler, a
retired African American public school teacher, said she has long wanted the
development that redefined areas such as Shaw and Bloomingdale to come to
Deanwood, the Northeast neighborhood in which she has lived her entire life.
But now she said
she is concerned that the rising prices that accompany new housing would make
it more difficult for many of her neighbors to remain. “I’m worried about
everyone getting pushed out,” she said. “It’s not that I mind the new people.
But it’s the pushing out because of finances that I don’t like.”