District’s Neighborhoods Evolve as Hispanics Seek Affordable Housing

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor   According to Census Bureau data, Washington neighborhoods marked by a strong Hispanic presence are in for some major demographic changes, the Washington Examiner reported. In neighborhoods noted for a high cost of living, such as Mount Pleasant and [...]

 

According to Census Bureau data, Washington neighborhoods marked by a strong Hispanic presence are in for some major demographic changes, the Washington Examiner reported.

In neighborhoods noted for a high cost of living, such as Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights, the Hispanic population has declined almost 25 percent over the last few years. Leading the exodus are Salvadorans, who are relocating to the Park View and Brightwood neighborhoods where housing is both more affordable and more available.

Even though condo prices almost tripled from 2000 to 2010, according to a George Mason University analysis, many Hispanic residents are reluctant to leave the District for new cities. Instead, they prefer to move to more affordable neighborhoods in order to stay close to their families and friends.

In other local news, Citybizlist reported that the District’s Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization awarded a $122 million grant to a joint venture of Smoot Construction Co. and Gilbane Building Co. to build a new Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, the city’s first high school for African-American students. The facility will replace the existing school located on the same site, which will be demolished.

Construction of the new school is scheduled to begin shortly after Thanksgiving and is expected to be completed in time for the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. After demolition of the existing building is complete in July 2013, a new  football field and track will be installed by late fall 2013, Citybizlist reported.