Category Urban Policy

GW WonkCast’s Above the Fold with WRGW Premiers: Infra-structured to Fail?

The GW WonkCast launches its first “Above the Fold” segment, recorded live with GW’s radio station WRGW. co-Hosts Gabe Moss and Erik LaDue join Harris Kay, Robert O’Shaughnessy, and Matthew Williams from the WRGW News team to talk about the President’s proposed plans to revitalize America’s collapsing infrastructure. Erik explains how the administration plans to pay for […]

GW WonkCast Season 3 Premier: Living in the Nation’s Capital

The premier of GW WonkCast Season 3 dives into an issue straight at the heart of the nation’s capital: affordable housing and homelessness. Trachtenberg MPP Tinsae Gebriel, who focuses on urban policy, joins moderator Jessica Blackband and co-Hosts Natalia Abrahams and Gabe Moss to discuss how D.C. demographics have changed over time, what makes affordability and homelessness […]

Getting Washington Metro’s Budget On Track

Kelly Straub, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The last two years of SafeTrack maintenance plus decades of fiscal mismanagement have placed a huge strain on the bottom line at the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Due to overlapping jurisdictions between D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, WMATA funding is a budgetary hot potato, as each local […]

Staying Above Water: Crafting a More Sustainable National Flood Insurance Program

Jessica Blackband, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Reporting on Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath has died down, but the 82,000 people who filed flood insurance claims after the disaster are still awaiting relief. These homeowners, developers and property managers are covered under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a FEMA program that subsidizes insurance premiums for these […]

Notes from the Policy Field: Building or Rebuilding Cities for Growth

Event: 4th World Bank / George Washington University / IGC-Cities Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference, “Building or Rebuilding Cities for Growth” Date: 09/08/17 Notes from the Policy Field provides write-ups of policy-oriented events in Washington, D.C. and comments on whether the format of the event facilitated policy change or improvement. Event effectiveness rating: 3.5 […]

Food for thought: the farmers market as a model for redevelopment

Steve Bruns, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In a poll conducted last year, the Washington Post posed the following question to assess perceptions of redevelopment in DC: As you may know, the District government is trying to redevelop parts of the city to attract new businesses and residents. Do you think this process of […]

Security Policy and Urban Policy: Uncomfortable Bedfellows

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Here’s a thought experiment: if the US capital were planned and built from scratch today, what would it look like? Would we still have the Paris-inspired streets of the L’Enfant Plan, or the dense neoclassical government buildings of Federal Triangle? Since the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing of […]