A couple of years ago in DC....some smart folks came in and started this effort to sell the DC council on the idea of rent-control. There could have been some plain nods....and there could have been some dopey politicians who never understood the whole concept. The political folks bought this hook, line and sinker.
A strange thing started after the approval of this deal. Property got bought up.....fixed....and then converted into condo apartments....expensive condo apartments.
So the local folks....who were mostly black and on the lower side of incomes....suddenly found various neighborhoods that were undergoing renovation, and the prices were way beyond their lifestyles.
There's a funny thing about DC politics. Up until the 1950s....it was a mostly white population, and the vote ran along Democratic lines but mostly white candidates. By the mid-1960s....blacks held the population majority and black politicians began to show up....all Democrats of course.
At some point in the 1990s, it was obvious that the school system was now totally corrupted and a joke. Folks wanted to fire teachers but the union just grinned and said no.
City services were dismal, and declining.
So this effort over the past decade has been underway to rebuild DC. The black population is beginning to question the motivates and the direction.
So we move over to these upscale condo deals. The smart guys now say that by 2014....enough of the properties will have switched over and 30-something rich white will have taken to this new atmosphere. The vision by 2018 is this town where it's more of a upscale area where people ride the METRO, hang out to drink cappuccino, and fancy clothing shops appear on every corner. That's not old DC, and you can imagine the anxiety here.
The political landscape by the end of this decade will be quiet different. In fact....it could just be fifty percent Republican....which might shock the locals now greatly.