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Chocolate CityA History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital$
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Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635866

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635866.001.0001

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Go Home Rich White People

Go Home Rich White People

Washington Becomes Wealthier and Whiter, 1995–2010

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Chocolate City

Chris Myers Asch

George Derek Musgrove

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter analyzes the dramatic economic and demographic transformations that D.C. experienced in the early twenty-first century. Driven by a nationwide housing boom and post-September 11 government expansion, new development injected millions of dollars of capital into neighborhoods that had not seen significant investment since the 1950s. Young, affluent residents swarmed back into Washington, reversing the city’s five-decade population slide, replenishing its tax base, and reshaping the landscape and the culture. But as the city became younger, wealthier, and whiter, many established residents, particularly black Washingtonians, felt alienated from their new neighbors and unwelcome in their own city. Unable to afford homes as D.C. real estate prices skyrocketed, many lower-income residents sought affordable housing in the suburbs. Those who stayed used their dwindling political strength to fight back against displacement and the policymakers who supported unbridled development. On the verge of financial collapse in the mid-1990s, by 2010 the nation’s capital was thriving economically but remained sharply divided along racial lines.

Keywords:   Housing, Development, Real estate, Displacement, Racial tensions

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