Metropolitan Policy Center In The Media

2014 - 2018


"Sixty years of D.C. history and culture, slathered in chili"
By Reis Thebault
August 22, 2018 in The Washington Post
Excerpt: "Today, Ben’s Chili Bowl is one of just a few places in Shaw where people from all walks of life come together, said Derek Hyra, a professor at American University and author of a 2017 book about gentrification in that neighborhood.

“Ben’s Chili Bowl symbolizes the best of mixed-race, mixed-income D.C.,” Hyra writes in “Race, Class and Politics in the Cappuccino City.”"

"The steady decline of African-American culture in DC"
By Andreane Williams
August 22, 2018 in Equal Times
Excerpt: "“The Shaw/U Street area was the political powerhouse of DC’s Black community. Losing the Black majority there is symbolic of losing political power. Black churches are also leaving for other areas. It’s almost like losing your homeland,” explains Derek Hyra, author of the book Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City."

"The TRGT Fiasco Was No Mistake"
By Jeremiah Moss
July 31, 2018 in The Village Voice
Excerpt: "The outcry against Summerhill was also swift and fierce, with neighborhood residents gathering outside in protest of what they saw as a gentrifying white business owner profiting from the pain of the community and commodifying blackness, a trend that American University public affairs professor Derek S. Hyra, in his book Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City, calls “black branding.” At the opening of the John Varvatos boutique, anti-gentrification activists protested what they called the “co-opting of culture to sell overpriced luxury goods.” They held signs that read “$800 Pants Kill Music in NYC” and “40-40-40,000 Dollars a Month, We’re Gonna Be Evicted!”"

"Exhibit documents historic neighborhood change, successful collective action"
By Robert Bettmann
July 17, 2018 in The DC Line
Excerpt: “In a June 9 talk at the museum, author and American University professor Derek Hyra added to the conversation, presenting research and analysis from his 2017 book Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City. Hyra discussed the need for proactive and inclusive housing policies in neighborhoods with skyrocketing property values — against a complex backdrop of race and political factors.”

"Can Gentrification Be Illegal?"
By J. Brian Charles
July 2, 2018 in Governing Magazine
Excerpt: “As one legal expert told The Washington Post, building new housing in lower-income neighborhoods is simply the way development works. “Developers are looking at areas in the city where they can buy low and sell high,” Derek Hyra, an American University professor who has written about gentrification in Washington, told the newspaper. “Developers want to maximize their return. This is not a conspiracy. This is capitalism.””

"Do posh waterfronts make a city world-class? D.C. is betting hundred of millions on it."
By Jonathan O'Connell
June 26, 2018 in The Washington Post
Excerpt: “Derek Hyra, who directs the Metropolitan Policy Center at American University’s School of Public Affairs and has written extensively on gentrification in the District, says that despite the free jitney rides and the fire pit, the Wharf is not really accessible to everyone. “It’s a dynamic space,” he says, but the prices at some of the new restaurants make it “a space of affluence ... a playground for lobbyists and lawyers — highly paid professionals.” He says that, during a recent visit to the Wharf, he inquired about renting a 100-seat conference space for a lecture and was quoted $8,500 as the starting rate. “That’s really for corporations, not the average D.C. citizen,” he says.”

“Lawsuit: D.C. policies to attract affluent millennials discriminated against blacks”
By Paul Schwartzman
May 25, 2018 in The Washington Post
Excerpt: “Developers are looking at areas in the city where they can buy low and sell high,” Hyra said, pointing to traditionally working-class black neighborhoods such as Shaw and Petworth, which have drawn more affluent residents in recent years. “Developers want to maximize their return. This is not a conspiracy. This is capitalism.”

“Gentrification: Reversal of Historic White Flight Is Creating a New Black Flight”
By Cecilia Smith
May 17, 2018 in Atlanta Black Star
Excerpt: “It’s an odd occurrence documented by author and American University professor Derek S. Hyra in his 2017 book “Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City” when recounting a Washington fundraiser in which new residents described crime in the area as an amusing joke of sorts, writing, “They described neighborhood carjackings, shootings, and purse snatchings with laughter and jokes.” Hyra added, “It seemed that the neighborhood violence gave some newcomers … something interesting to talk about at parties.”

“It's Not Cool to Argue About Whether D.C. Is Cool”
By Alex Baca
May 15, 2018 in CityLab
Excerpt: “The logical end of critiquing “cool” in this fashion looks much like Derek Hyra’s Race, Class, and Politics In the Cappuccino City. Hyra’s book, as I wrote for City Observatory earlier this year, “operates firmly within the boundaries of the consumptive premise of gentrification, confirming to the popular notion that cocktail bars, restaurants of a particular caliber, boutique shops, and the people who frequent them are drivers of gentrification.” I referred to this point of view as the “cappuccino lens,” reappropriating Hyra’s own terminology—“a way of viewing neighborhood change that allows us as individuals to avoid interrogating—and thus, changing—the structures and systems from which we’ve benefited. It’s an explanation that always points the finger at someone newer, someone fancier, someone richer, someone with even more precious taste.”

“In a Revived Durham, Black Residents Ask: Is There Still Room for Us?”
By Amanda Abrams
May 1, 2018 in The New York Times
Excerpt: “Other solutions are available, said Derek Hyra, a professor of public administration and policy at American University and the author of “Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City.” He pointed to a program proposed by a District Council member in Washington that would provide grants to help longtime businesses remain and stay competitive. Professor Hyra has also observed projects in which developers agreed to accommodate local businesses because of pressure from activists and nonprofit organizations.”

“Affordable Housing Provides City An Opportunity to Live Its Values”
By Matt Delaney
April 6, 2018 in Falls Church News Press
Excerpt: “That fear isn’t the incontrovertible truth it’s made out to seem. City resident Dr. Derek Hyra, an associate professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs, believes NIMBY concerns are overblown. According to Hyra, an affordable housing structure could have citizens ranging from 30 percent to 120 percent AMI interspersed to avoid a high concentration of low-income residents, countering any expected drag on property values.”

“Black, White, And Asian — Three Reflections On The 1968 D.C. Riots”
By Sasha-Ann Simons
April 4, 2018 in WAMU
Excerpt: “Michael Bader, an assistant professor of sociology at American University, says the shifting of races in and around the region created two foreign worlds. He says there was a black world that was almost entirely segregated — geographically and socially — from whites, and many of the interactions between the groups were strained.”

“State of Our Cities”
By Mike Unger
April 1, 2018 in American University Magazine
Excerpt: “Between 2000 and 2010, you had a 5.2 percent population increase in the city," says Hyra, who founded the center in 2014. "The majority of that population was young and white. They couldn't afford downtown, so where did they look? U Street, Seventh Street, Fourteenth Street—historic black neighborhoods that have changed significantly."

“Exodus: Affordable stores leaving Boulder, stumping experts and worrying remaining low-income residents”
By Shay Castle
February 24, 2018 in Daily Camera
Excerpt: “Thrift stores are often among the first to go in communities with increasing costs, said Derek Hyra, an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University who has studied the effects of neighborhood change on housing, urban politics and race.”

“Wakanda: The Chocolatest City”
By Brentin Mock
February 16, 2018 in CityLab
Excerpt: “Recent population and policy shifts in cities like D.C. have caused some to pronounce the death of the Chocolate City—Derek Hyra writes that D.C. has become a “cappucino city”—while others like the Brookings Institution’s Andre Perry have been trumpeting long live the Chocolate City. The critical questions for those in the school of Chocolate City preservation are: What does it mean to maintain a Chocolate City in an age of globalization? What is the leadership model for growing a Chocolate City? Can Chocolate Cities sufficiently provide sanctuary for their black inhabitants? And even: Why does it matter whether we have Chocolate Cities in the first place?”

“Race, Power, Privilege in the Marketplace Are Focus of Interdisciplinary Network’s Research”
By Tiffany Pennamon
February 4, 2018 in Diverse Issues in Education
Excerpt: “Through the creation of the Race in the Marketplace (RIM) Research Network, Drs. Sonya Grier, Kevin Thomas and Guillaume Johnson’s collaborative efforts seek to provide a transdisciplinary and international research space for scholars and scholar-activists studying the marketplace to link their work to a framework promoting “inclusive, fair and just marketplaces.”

“A Contest for D.C. Council Chair Takes Shape"
By J. F. Meils
February 2, 2018 in Washington City Paper
Excerpt: ““Just by Lazere running, he’s opening up the opportunity for the progressive left part of the council to have more political say,” says Derek Hyra, founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Center at American University and author of Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City. “Of course it could all backfire,” adds Hyra. “If his [Lazere’s] vote total comes in low, that makes it more difficult [politically] for Elissa Silverman and At-Large Councilmember David Grosso and others.””

“Can Child-Care Benefits Keep Teachers in the Classroom?”
By Sarah D. Sparks
January 23, 2018 in Education Week
Excerpt: "This is a huge need of that workforce," said Taryn Morrissey, an associate professor of public policy at American University who studies child-care and labor issues. "Teaching is actually not as family friendly a position as one might imagine. Your hours might match your kids' hours when you have school-age kids, but when you have little ones, there's very little flexibility."

“Gucci Joins the Most Famous Pirate Tailor to Finish Gentrifying Harlem”
By Rafa Rodriguez
December 15, 2017 in Vanity Fair

“Hundreds testify that DC needs to #fixTOPA, but does it need to be fixed? If so, how?”
By Julie Strupp, Jessica Wilkie, Carolyn Gallaher
September 28, 2017 in Greater Greater Washington

“By age 3, inequality is clear: Rich kids attend school. Poor kids stay with a grandparent”
By Heather Long
September 26, 2017 in The Washington Post

“This region has one of the nation’s largest Salvadoran communities. A federal program puts that in jeopardy.”
by Carolyn Gallaher
August 23, 2017 in Greater Greater Washington

“The Neighborhood University”
by Derek Hyra
July 30, 2017 in The Chronicle of Higher Education

“The Invisible Segregation of Diverse Neighborhoods”
by Jake Blumgart
July 24, 2017 in Slate

“SoHa in Harlem? The Misguided Madness of Neighborhood Rebranding”
by Ginia Bellafante
July 6, 2017 on The New York Times

“Derek Hyra and the Trouble With the Trouble With Gentrification”
by Benjamin Freed
June 28, 2017 in Washingtonian Magazine

“The Environment as Freedom: A Decolonial Reimagining”
By Malini Ranganathan
June 24, 2017 in Black Perspectives

“How Gentrification Is Undermining the Notion of Black Community and Destroying Black Businesses”
by Frederick Reese
June 20, 2017 in Atlanta Black Star

“How Asian Americans Remade Suburbia”
by Tanvi Misra
June 14, 2017 on CityLab

“The Environment as Freedom: A Decolonial Reimagining”
by Malini Ranganathan
June 13, 2017 in The Social Science Research Council

“Selling a Black D.C. Neighborhood to White Millennials”
by Derek Hyra
June 12, 2017 in NextCity

“For middle-class blacks, success can be a double-edged sword”
by Amanda E. Lewis and Kasey Henricks
May 29, 2017 in The Chicago Reporter

“Rural children need quality preschool, too”
by Taryn Morrissey
May 19, 2017 in

“Rich or Poor, People Still Eat Fast Food”
by Roberta Alexander
May 17, 2017 in Healthline

“Your Kids are Fat Because You Work Too Much, New Study Says”
by Alessandra Malito
May 9, 2017 in New York Post

“‘Black Branding’ – How a D.C. Neighborhood was Marketed to White Millennials”
by Robert McCartney
May 3, 2017 in Washington Post

“Want To Make America Great Again? Make Our Kids Globally Competitive”
by Ajay Chaudray and Hirokazu Yoshikawa
April 21, 2017 in Huffington Post

“Study: Black students from poor families are more likely to graduate from high school if they have at least one black teacher”
by Valerie Strauss
April 9, 2017 in Washington Post

“Here’s who gets punished in Trump’s child care plan”
by Taryn Morrissey
March 6, 2017 in

“Trump and the Rise of the Extreme Right”
by Patrick Jonsson
February 27, 2017 in The Christian Science Monitor

“The Color of Corruption: Whiteness and Populist Narratives”
by Malini Ranganathan and Sapana Doshi
February 7, 2017 in Society and Space

“Life Is Hell for Tenants of Giant D.C. Slumlord Sanford Capital”
by Alexa Mills and Andrew Giambrone
February 2, 2017 in Washington City Paper

“New Research Provides Ways To Reduce Holiday Excess Through Mindfulness”
December 13, 2016 in Science Blog

“Residents in most diverse areas say their neighborhoods are better than others”
by Perry Stein
October 3, 2016 in Washington Post

“DC’s TOPA law lets tenants buy their buildings before anyone else can, but it also helps renters stay put”
by Carolyn Gallaher
September 15, 2016 in Greater Greater Washington

“Cleveland Must Do More Than Just Manage Decline”
by Richey Piiparinen
September 11, 2016 on

“Race and Income Volatility: A Discussion with Bradley Hardy”
by The Aspen Institute
September 7, 2016 in Aspen Institute Expanding Prosperity Impact
Collaborative (EPIC)

“TANF Policy to Address Low, Volatile Income Among Disadvantaged Families”
by Bradley Hardy
August 21, 2016 in Council on Contemporary Families

“D.C.’s Equitable Growth Dilemma: A Q&A with Derek Hyra of American University”
by Maya Brennan
June 22, 2016 in How Housing Matters Blog

“Rikers Island Internal Report Paints Grim Picture of NYC Jail”
by Associated Press
June 21, 2016 in NY Daily News

“Renting Expanded in Wake of Housing Crash”
by Associated Press
June 20, 2016 in Associated Press

“A New Owner Bought My Apartment and Wanted to Tear it Down. Here’s How I Ended Up Owning the Place”
by Carolyn Gallaher
June 15, 2016 in Greater Greater Washington

“U.S. Food Insecurity”
by Charles Ellison
June 2, 2016 in The Ellison Report; WEAA 88.9 FM

“Asians Still Underrepresented on US Network News”
by Linda Ha
June 2, 2016 on Voice of America

“Priced Out of a Childhood Home”
by Ronda Kaysen
May 13, 2016 in The New York Times

“Rethinking Gentrification: An Opportunity for All to Share in Economic Success”
By ULI Washington
May 10, 2016 in Urban Land Institute Washington

“Addressing Social Segregation in Mixed-Income Communities”
by Derek Hyra
May 4, 2016 in Shelterforce

“Why Gentrifiers Shouldn’t Feel Guilty”
by Paul O’Donnell
April 28, 2016 in Washingtonian Magazine

“Managing Community Change: A Dialogue on Gentrification”
By PD&R Edge
April 11, 2016 in PD&R Edge

“L.A. Is Resegregating – And Whites Are a Major Reason Why”
by Michael Bader
April 1, 2016 in Los Angeles Times

“Data Shows How Major U.S. Cities Are Slowly Re-Segregating”
by Kenya Downs
March 7, 2016 on PBS Newshour

“Chicago Remains Among Most Segregated U.S. Cities: Studies”
by Maudlyne Ihejirika
March 2, 2016 in Chicago Sun Times

“Why Bengaluru Is Not Immune to Floods: It’s All About Land (and Money)”
by Malini Ranganathan
December 10, 2015 in Citizen Matters

“2015’s Most and Least Charitable States”
by Richie Bernardo
December 8, 2015 on WalletHub

“Documentary Explores U Street, Columbia Heights Gentrification”
by Sean Meehan
October 2, 2015 in Borderstan

“Black Women and the Criminal Justice System: Advocating Justice and Equity”
by Shantella Y. Sherman
September 18, 2015 in AFRO American Newspapers

“Micro-Segregation: Creating Cohesion In Gentrified Communities”
July 23, 2015 on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show

“How Race Still Influences Where We Choose to Live”
by Emily Badger
July 17, 2015 in The Washington Post

“3 Things Cities and HUD Can Do to Stop Gentrification That Segregates”
by Derek Hyra
June 30, 2015 in NextCity

“2015’s Most Diverse Cities in America”
by Richie Bernardo
May 13, 2015 in WalletHub

“Baltimore Riot Damage Is Hurting Local Businesses”
by David Dishneau and Joyce M. Rosenberg
April 30, 2015 in the Associated Press

“Initiative to Revitalize Barry Farm is Little More than an Urban Dispersal Plan”
by Courtland Milloy
October 24, 2014 in The Washington Post

“Africa’s Population Will Quadruple by 2100. What Does That Mean for its Cities?”
by Sam Sturgis
September 19, 2014 in The Atlantic’s Citylab