Study Finds Connection Between Homeownership, Mobility and Civic Engagement
Washington, D.C. | 08/21/2012 1:27pm
MATT BEVILACQUA | NEXT AMERICAN CITY
Last year, former Washington, D.C. mayor and current Councilmember Marion Barry tried to get the city to forbid construction of any new apartment buildings in his ward. The purpose? To increase homeownership rates, which stood at just under a quarter among Barry’s constituency. The rationale?
“Renters, by their very nature, don’t keep up their neighborhoods like homeowners would,” Barry told the Washington City Paper. “Renters will allow drug dealers in their neighborhood. It’s a fact. It’s a doggone fact.”
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