Washington DC is on the rise—kind of. Luxury apartments are quickly replacing public housing, and gourmet restaurants and coffeeshops are taking over the locations where old “hole-in-the-walls” used to be. In many ways, DC is the envy of other municipalities with its budget surplus and allurement that brings approximately 1000 new residents per months within its jurisdiction. The Greater Washington Area is constantly ranked among the wealthiest in the nation. After decades of struggling with high crimes rates, low employment, and an arguably suboptimal social sphere, the US capital can now compete with its European and Asian counterparts. Sounds great, right?
Well, it depends on who you are.