Even as overall hate crimes in D.C. dropped last year, those based solely on race spiked by nearly 40 percent, according to an annual report from the Metropolitan Police Department. There were 18 race-based hate crimes in the District in 2013, up from 13 in 2012, the report says.
Economic forces in the city make it all too easy to supply housing for high-income urbanites, not the cheap kind that once was plentiful in D.C. What’s more, even the ways in which the city harnesses the taxes from those luxury buildings — by subsidizing developers who build units affordable to low-income people — hasn’t filled the gap.
Home prices in the D.C. area have gone up across the board in the past five years, but according to an analysis by Redfin shared with Washington City Paper, the amount by which these prices have risen doesn’t fall into a neat pattern. Instead, two groups of homes have seen the biggest price increase: the cheapest ones and the most expensive ones.