A new economic future is taking shape in Washington, D.C., as tech startups and booming construction and redefine the city.
has been racking
up quite a few
Forbes named D.C.
of Economic Research put it at No. in its
U.S. Metro rankings. And
last year, Gallup awarded the District top
honors when comparing economic
This would be quite an accomplishment
for any U.S. city. But for the capital,
it might be even more meaningful. Not so
long ago, the District struggled with high
crime rates, low test scores in its public
schools and severe wealth disparity.
The spate of awards is just one indication, though, that those days are over. D.C.
is, by all accounts, in the midst of a renaissance of epic proportions.
In neighborhoods across the District, where there was blight, now
construction. Where there were vacant
storefronts, there are buzzed-about eateries and nightlife. The status quo used to be
transiency, as families and young singles
lived in D.C. briefly and then fled for the
suburbs; now people are staying, even coming from other jurisdictions specifically to
live and work in the District.
third of our population now is under
35 years of age. We are an increasingly
young city. We have a lot of amenities that
are available and increasing every
day. So I think just a great place to