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In The Midst Of Housing Crisis, Why Is D.C. Selling Off Public Housing?

The D.C. Housing Authority is renovating homes once used as public housing and selling them for top dollar — supposedly to fund public housing elsewhere. But housing advocates say the sales are government-sponsored gentrification.
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Rents At Takoma Park Building Help Spur Debate Over Maryland Tenant Protections

Rents at the 11-story Hampshire Tower Apartments now fall under the rules of Montgomery County, which are less protective than those of the city.

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Gentrification's Latest Victim? D.C.'s Historic Murals

What happens when a street mural featuring Marvin Gaye or Frederick Douglass, two of the city's most famous African American residents, is knocked down or covered up to make room for a shiny new apartment building? We explore D.C.'s disappearing historic murals and what they reveal about the city's changing neighborhood demographics.

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On Columbia Pike, Plan B is for Buses

With the vision of streetcars running up and down the five-mile corridor dead and buried, people on all sides of the debate  are anxious to see what county transportation officials will propose instead.

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Pepco-Exelon Merger Runs Into D.C. Regulators

This week, the District's Public Service Commission rejected a proposed deal between D.C. based Pepco Holdings and the Chicago energy giant Exelon. We explore what the decision means for the multibillion-dollar deal.

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After the Quake: Repairing DC's Monuments

Four years ago, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook our region and caused millions in damage. Particularly hard hit were two of DC's best known structures: the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral. We speak with those involved in repairing the damage and a photographer who was able to shoot extraordinary images during the process.

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After The Mall: Suburban Development In White Flint

Locals have fond memories of White Flint Mall in Rockville, Md. But now that it's gone — and the time for suburban malls has passed — what's to become of the area?

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Fairfax County's Economy, Long Driven By Uncle Sam, Seeks A New Engine

The county is chock full of empty office space, due to a reduction in spending by the federal government, leaving local officials seeking ways to make up the difference.

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The Georgelas Family: Three Generations Of Building Fairfax County

John Georgelas built his first home in 1963 from a kit ordered through a catalog. More than 50 years later, his family is playing a major role in the redevelopment of Tyson's Corner.
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A Conversation With Julián Castro, Secretary Of The Department Of Housing And Urban Development

The department of Housing and Urban Development was established in 1965 as part of President Johnson's war on poverty. Today the number of Americans living in high-poverty communities is growing sharply. HUD Secretary Julián Castro discusses the Obama administration's efforts to alleviate poverty through affordable housing.

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