Preserving affordable housing: what works

Preserving existing affordable housing prevents displacement, is generally cheaper than building new housing, and conforms to existing land-use patterns.

Pokémon GO is changing how cities use public space, but could it be more inclusive?

Beyond the moral arguments for inclusion and equity, placemaking can help strengthen local economies, reduce crime, and drive civic engagement.

Can a new park help span the economic divide in our nation’s capital?

For DC's new 11th Street Bridge Park to realize its potential as a public space and connect Anacostia to the rest of the city, planners must honestly answer, who is this for?

It’s time to talk about prekindergarten absenteeism

As the federal government invests more in prekindergarten and focuses on battling absenteeism, it’s important that policymakers and school administrators consider the link between the two.

Can we get ahead of neighborhood change in DC?

At least 1,000 new residents arrive in DC each month. Home prices in some neighborhoods have risen 92 percent in five years. Can cities use data to keep development equitable?

Does gentrification explain rising student scores in Washington, DC?

Student performance in the nation’s capital has risen so dramatically that many are asking whether improvement in school quality is actually behind the higher scores.

Urban Alliance internship program improves job skills and college attendance for disadvantaged youth

Only 49 percent of recent high school graduates from low-income families enroll in college. Programs that help these youth embark on a successful career path are critical.

States should answer a few questions before taxing e-cigarettes

Should states tax e-cigarettes at all, and by how much? Should states impose a unit tax on the vape/e-cigarette or the refillable nicotine cartridges or both?

The future of education data and research in the District of Columbia

The DC education system lacks a comprehensive, transparent, accessible data system. Experts and stakeholders gathered at the Urban Institute on Tuesday to discuss potential solutions.

DC, Maryland, and Virginia: We need to talk about Metro

Metro is chronically underfunded. But short-term fixes are ultimately costlier—and deadlier—than the long-term improvements it truly needs.