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ON BOWSER'S WIN: CONGRATULATIONS AND CONCERNS!" (Click for details)
CONGRATULATIONS AND CONCERN!
Councilmember Muriel Bowser, who was not our candidate, won a large and convincing victory in the Democratic Primary for Mayor of the District. We extend our congratulations and pledge our wholehearted cooperation to help solve the problems of this city, and assist all of its citizens to the maximum extent possible. Those problems are many, varied, long-standing, and very serious. We have worked long and hard to try and resolve them.
Principal among them is the rampantly-growing unaffordability of the District, except for the wealthy, especially in the area of rental housing. Related issues are the pressing need for reform and strengthening of rent-control and increasing tenant rights in a city overwhelmingly populated by tenants.
Critically needed are controls on exploding development and redevelopment, gentrification, and unrestrained market forces, geared to the affluent and excluding the poor. Opponents of any such restraint would cheerfully see the entire city converted into an “instant Georgetown.” Becoming “Hottsville USA” may be fine for new arrivals, but forgetting the natives and long-time residents, isn’t.
Housing is not a commodity. We are not talking “pork bellies” or “oil futures,” but the roof over people’s heads. A welcome sign for the rich is also fine, but not in exchange of an exit sign for the poor.