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WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

Because there’s a pattern here. The divide between the rich and the poor is ever widening. The middle class is disappearing. The rich are getting richer on the backs of the poor and the middle class. Thomas Piketty, author of the book Capital in the 21st Century wrote, “The drift toward oligarchy has become a mad dash and will overrun us and overwhelm us unless we stop it.”

The Washington, DC area is home to six of the wealthiest counties in America. Affordability is not synonymous with this region. In the last decade, Alexandria lost 12,000 affordable housing units. The Washington Post reported Alexandria and Arlington, in an attempt to address the housing crisis, recently approved plans that will add 200 moderately priced units to the area.

Because there’s a pattern here. The divide between the rich and the poor is ever widening. The middle class is disappearing. The rich are getting richer on the backs of the poor and the middle class. Thomas Piketty, author of the book Capital in the 21st Century wrote, “The drift toward oligarchy has become a mad dash and will overrun us and overwhelm us unless we stop it.” The Washington, DC area is home to six of the wealthiest counties in America. Affordability is not synonymous with this region. In the last decade, Alexandria lost 12,000 affordable housing units. The Washington Post reported Alexandria and Arlington, in an attempt to address the housing crisis, recently approved plans that will add 200 moderately priced units to the area.

affordable housing, alexandria, virginia

The Great Divide