Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, D.C.
A New Book from MPC Director Derek Hyra
Director of the SPA's Metropolitan Policy Center Derek Hyra is co-editor of the newly released book, Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC, which details the forces driving the contemporary economic growth of the nation’s capital. While this book argues that federal and city political decisions relate to Washington’s recent rebirth, it carefully connects this development to rising inequality and widespread gentrification. The book, co-edited by Sabiyha Prince, exposes the complexities, challenges, and opportunities associated with modern day urban development.
This volume is distinct in that it applies a unique interdisciplinary approach, incorporating historical, sociological, anthropological, economic, geographic, political, and linguistic frameworks, to comprehensively explain the monumental changes taking place in one of the world’s most important cities. It also highlights how unequal contemporary development outcomes relate to preexisting inequalities established mainly along race and class lines
“In 2011, as the economy of Washington, DC was booming, its black population slipped below 50%. This is the ‘capital dilemma’ explored in this fascinating book,” writes Mindy Thompson Fullilove of Columbia University. “This is a terrific book and students of history, American cities, race relations, and economic development will all find it a great asset.”
As we enter a period when advanced service-sector cities prosper, Washington, DC’s changing economic landscape illustrates important processes and outcomes critical to other US cities and national capitals throughout the world. The Capital Dilemma for DC, and other major cities, in the 21st century is how to produce sustainable, equitable economic growth.
Hyra is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University in Washington, DC. Prince is a researcher at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, DC.
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Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, July 23
1:00-3:00 pm Join Derek Hyra and Sabiyha Prince, co-editors of the new book “Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC,” along with contributing authors for a discussion of the dynamics that have shaped the rapid economic and demographic advancement of the city.
"In 2011, as the economy of Washington DC was booming, its black population slipped below 50%. This is the 'capital dilemma' explored in this fascinating book. Astute analysis, lively writing and deep concern for human survival characterize this superb set of essays.... This is a terrific book and students of history, American cities, race relations and economic development will all find it a great asset." Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Columbia University
"By pealing back the many interdependent layers, Capital Dilemma reports out the essentials of a city’s evolution from a political creation to a dynamic, livable, multi-faceted city. Students of urban development, social change and political reform at all levels will find Capital Dilemma an intellectually enriching and important addition to the literature." Stephen S. Fuller, George Mason University