Sunday, April 1, 2012

Why do the poor still live here?

Through my research, I realized that gentrification and the restoration movement on Capitol Hill started much earlier than scholars have usually assumed. While scholars (like Suleiman Osman who writes about Brooklyn) have asserted that it began in the 1970s, the restoration movement began around 1948 on Capitol Hill and had many connections with similar, though slightly earlier, trends in Georgetown. Yet, if gentrification has been going on for over 60 years, why would 18% of Ward 6 households be living in poverty?

Let's take a look at the poverty levels in Ward 6, the area within the blue line (Now, this map is based on the Ward 6 map from last year, so it isn't as up to date as it could be. Also, the blue line outlining Ward 6 isn't as perfect as it should be, but there you have it):