• Healthy Cities Invest in Mixed Income Neighborhoods:
    How DC Housing Development Policies are Skewed

    Healthy Cities Invest in Mixed Income Neighborhoods:

    By William Jordan

    “Any new development needs investors, and we cannot get that if the reward doesn’t     justify the risk,” says Bozzuto. “Affordable housing, by its very nature, when it’s built,     the return is de minimis. What you’re seeing is, capital flows to where it works. So what’s     left is public subsidy.” - Toby Bozzuto, President The Bozzuto Group

    The hubris of Toby Bozzuto combined with the specious and ahistorical account of recent housing dynamics by Lydia DePillis would make this recent article in the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/storyline/wp/2014/08/19/why-its-so-hard-to-find-a-cheap-apartment-in-washington-d-c/) laughable except we often hear the same line spouted by DC policy makers. Mr Bozzuto's, "let them eat cake, 1980's greed is good" sentiments ignores a decade of company's like Bozzuto's feeding off of affordability and other public subsidies originally designed to support the development of Healthy Mixed Income DC Neighbors instead being used to support higher luxury apartment rents. Contrary to popular myth, DC's abandonment of its commitment to Mixed Income Neighborhoods slowed growth in population, jobs and healthy neighborhoods.
Aug13

‘The Construction Alliance’ Celebrates

Diversity & Small Business Development in DC

Jose Sueiro
Creating, supporting and stimulating the growth of small businesses in Washington DC., a jurisdiction that is expensive, insular and given to the kind of cronyism prevalent in most big cities, has always been a struggle. In particular in the construction sector where a company needs a pool of qualified workers along with laborers and tradespersons who live close by, heavy equipment and specialized tools and the land to store them on as well as hefty financial resources to carry large sums of debt until such time as payment is forthcoming.
Add to this the role of local government which is involved in a great majority of the large construction projects and you have a situation that discourages the formation of new businesses and crushes small and midsize businesses who attempt to settle here. These are the main reasons why attempts to stimulate and support small business development in the construction, contracting and real estate development sectors have always been troubled and plagued by abuse. These challenges are daunting, in particular for minority, immigrant and Hispanic owned firms who have neither the access nor the financial wherewithal to take on the challenges prevalent in the field.
Aug08

‘Butterfly Children’: Family Reunification

and Legal Representation for Child Migrants

Karen Vanegas
This situation has led Lori Kaplan, Director of the Latin American Youth Center to state, "I have to believe that our nation will care. I have to believe our leaders will do the right thing." The DMV Coalition of local immigrant support groups ask that people join them every Monday at St. John’s Church in Lafayette Square 1525 H St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20005  6:30pm - 7:30pm, and together walk to the White House to demand discontinuance of deportations and legal representation for migrant children fleeing violence.
Jul28

Our Reasons

for Supporting the Stadium Deal

Jose Sueiro
Maria Patricia Corrales and Jose Sueiro, President and Manager of D.C. Hispanic Contractor’s Association respectively, testified this week before the Economic Development Committee of DC City Council chaired by Councilwoman Muriel Bowser on the proposed Washington DC soccer stadium project. Ms. Corrales gave her testimony on Wednesday, July 23rd at the Reeves Center on 14th & U and Mr. Sueiro gave his testimony Thursday, July 24th at DCRA headquarters on 4th St. SW.
Maria Patricia Corrales
President, DC Hispanic Contractor’s Assoc.

Madame Chair and Members of the City Council, I’m here to say approve this plan and build this stadium now. I own Capital Construction; a District based CBE and I speak as President on behalf of the entire DC Hispanic Contractor’s Association (DCHCA) membership in support of this project.
We want to participate in building the stadium, the new building at 14th & U and the new municipal center in Anacostia.
Jul26

The Columbia Heights Legacy

of Bob Moore

Jose Sueiro
New residents to the Columbia Heights (CH) neighborhood of Washington DC have no idea the conditions of the area after the 1969 riots through the crack epidemic of the late 80’s and downturns of the 90’s, but it was a far cry from the prosperous, bustling, relatively secure, upscale neighborhood it has become. To his eternal credit, the late Robert L. Moore, longtime leader of the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights (DCCH) who just passed away, was the chief architect and promoter of this transformation. We owe him credit for rebuilding Columbia Heights into the thriving, multi-cultural urban village it has become. He need not worry about his legacy. It is everywhere.
Jul16

AG Election

Breathes Life into DC Politics

Jose Sueiro
Paul Zukerberg runs a modest law firm from the row house on Lanier Place above the dentist’s office in Adams Morgan. For over two decades he’s developed a practice that includes a great many cases defending community causes and the poor. He came to light as a politician when he ran in the April 2012 special election for At-Large City Council, entering the campaign late and financially strapped. So in order to make it a worthwhile run he decided to highlight a cause near and dear to his heart –the legalization of marijuana. The impish, slightly scruffy activist with the New Jersey twang was an entertaining candidate and always had something interesting to say.

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