Metropolitan Policy Center In The Media

2014 - 2019


Chevy Chase Dog Park Latest Local Doggie Drama
By Jordan Pascale
September 11, 2019 in WAMU
Excerpt: "Derek Hyra, an American University professor who studies neighborhood change, wrote about the complex issues around dog parks. He notes the Chevy Chase fight wasn’t about the usual debates — resources or new people moving in — it was about who had more political power. But that’s not usually the case, he said. Hyra says when communities debate amenities, such as dog parks, it can get contentious. 'It’s not so much about the pet, or the park, it’s about who controls space in a community. And I think that dog parks and different public amenities really symbolize and represent who does and who does not have the power in particular communities.'"

The Fight for Environmental Justice in America’s Segregated Cities
By Abigail Spink
September 6, 2019 in Geographical
Excerpt: " A recent study by associate professors Malini Ranganathan from American University and Eve Bratman from Franklin and Marshall College, indicates that majority Black areas in Washington DC, such as Ward 7 on the Anacostia River, are more vulnerable to mid-Atlantic weather extremes and flooding due to a history of environmental inequality. Such events will inevitably be heightened by climate change. They also claim that climate resilience strategies put in place by authorities fail to account for differing levels of vulnerability."

An Oral History of Gentrification in Shaw and U Street NW
By Christina Sturdivant Sani
August 29, 2019 in The Washington City Paper
Excerpt: "As crime rates began to decrease in the ’90s and early 2000s, groups such as Cultural Tourism DC began what Hyra calls “black branding” with offerings such as the African American Heritage Trail. WMATA began selling properties near Metro stations that were redeveloped into high-end residential properties such as the Ellington apartments, named after African American jazz composer Duke Ellington, at 1301 U Street NW. The proliferation of jobs throughout the D.C. region after the recession prompted white millennials, who had already begun entering the city in years prior, to come in droves, according to Hyra’s research."

The contradiction at the heart of immigration restriction
By Ernesto Castañeda
June 10, 2019 in The Washington Post
Excerpt: "At the end of May, in another attempt to slow down the immigration of people from Central America, President Trump threatened to set tariffs on trade from Mexico. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Trump for 'recklessly threatening' Mexico, 'our close neighbor and friend to the South,' and even many Republicans blanched over the idea of tariffs. Under pressure from his own party, on Friday he pulled back on actually implementing the tariffs."

Co-Living Is In Growth Mode As Gentrification Issues Shake Up Major Cities
By Kerri Panchuk
June 3, 2019 in Bisnow Dallas-Fort Worth
Excerpt: "Housing unaffordability used to be limited to places like New York and Washington, D.C., but is now hitting other U.S. markets, said Derek Hyra, an associate professor with the School of Public Affairs at American University who has been studying gentrification nationwide."

In fight over affordable housing, some lawmakers aren’t worried about gentrification; ‘I want to up the property values’
By Ned Oliver
April 21, 2019 in The Virginia Mercury
Excerpt: "Hyra, who made the aforementioned presentation to the Housing Commission, says that Republicans are right that localities should dedicate money to affordable housing. But he said the state needs to chip in, too, because the need is great and the problem is growing around the state, not just in Northern Virginia. He pointed to a study released earlier this year by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition that placed three Virginia metro areas — Washington, D.C. (which includes Northern Virginia), Virginia Beach and Richmond – among the 10 “most intensely” gentrified."

From ‘Liz’ to ‘The Jason’: The bizarre trend of fancy apartments with human names
By Lavanya Ramanathan
April 19, 2019 in The Washington Post
Excerpt: "Like the Ellington, named for Duke Ellington, on U Street, they’re examples of what urban-policy expert Derek Hyra has called “black branding” — a controversial trend within a trend in Washington that taps black culture to sell to white newcomers."

Immigrants pave the way for the gentrification of black neighborhoods
By Sujata Gupta
April 18, 2019 in Science News
Excerpt: "However, sociologist Derek Hyra suggests immigration trends may not be a main driver of gentrification. Instead, he wonders if all people, including blacks, whites and recent immigrants from Asia and Latin America, are simply following new jobs that happen to be located near historically black neighborhoods."

What D.C.’s Go-Go Showdown Reveals About Gentrification
By Tanvi Misra
April 17, 2019 in CityLab
Excerpt: "In his book, Race, Class, Politics in the Cappuccino City, American University sociologist Derek Hyra focuses on the cultural and political transformation of Shaw. While the current iteration of the neighborhood advertises its cultural diversity—there’s an apartment complex named after Langston Hughes and a cocktail bar named after Marvin Gaye—that diversity is largely superficial, he writes. Newcomers, often more affluent than existing residents, often don’t understand the culture, rituals, needs, and background of the community they are joining, stoking resentment."

A Luxury Home Firewall Could Save This Neighborhood From Amazon’s HQ2
By Prashant Gopal
April 5, 2019 in Bloomberg Businessweek
Excerpt: "'When high-tech firms come, it stimulates inequality,' says Derek Hyra, a professor of public policy at American University in Washington and a former Alexandria city planning commissioner. 'The lower-rent areas like Arlandria in close proximity face the biggest threat.'"

The HQ2 divide
By Sophie Austin
March 26, 2019 in The Eagle
Excerpt: "Although some see Amazon’s planned arrival in Arlington as a potential opportunity for universities in Washington, Derek Hyra, an AU associate professor in the School of Public Affairs, has concerns about how Amazon employees who move to the area might contribute to displacement and increased housing costs in low-income neighborhoods."

Fifty years later, America facing similar race issues, speakers say
By Molly Devore
March 11, 2019 in The Badger Herald
Excerpt: "Institute for Research on Poverty and LaFollette School of Public Affairs hosted professor Bradley Hardy and president of the Eisenhower Foundation Alan Curtis Monday night to discuss racial disparities 50 years after the Kerner Commission report was first formed."

Ward 2 boasts high household income, education rates
By Ilena Peng
March 4, 2019 in The GW Hatchet
Excerpt: "Michael Bader, an associate professor of sociology at American University, said gentrification in Ward 2 that began in Dupont Circle has since “radiated out” into places like Logan Circle, making the area more attractive to middle- and upper-class residents who enjoy the central location and access to transportation."

Is Congress about to make child care more affordable? 5 questions answered | Analysis
By Capital-Star Op-Ed Contributor
March 3, 2019 in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star
Excerpt: "Taryn Morrissey, author of “Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality,” and a former senior adviser on early childhood policy during the Obama administration, explains how far the bill would go in achieving that goal – and also whether it has a chance of passing."

A Brief, Shameful History of Childcare in the United States
By Prachi Gupta
February 22, 2019 in The Slot
Excerpt: "As Taryn Morrissey, an associate professor of public administration and policy at American University, wrote in 2018, the programs available for poor and low-income families are both underfunded and difficult to navigate."

SIS Breaks it Down: Climate Justice in Washington, DC
American University's School of International Service
February 13, 2019 on YouTube
"SIS professor Malini Ranganathan conducted research in DC's Ward 7 and learned how the city's history of racism plays a role in residents' everyday experiences and their vulnerability to the effects of climate change."

"Black-Owned Businesses Carve Out Space In An Increasingly Gentrified D.C."
By Philip Lewis
January 11, 2019 in The Huffington Post
Excerpt: "With this economic boom, the tax base in Washington, D.C., has grown, but so has racial inequality,” Hyra told HuffPost. “There’s a study by the Urban Institute that shows that white household wealth is 81 times that of black family wealth. There’s immense inequality in the city."

"The DC Council just cut $20 million for homeless services to fund tax breaks for commercial properties"
By Carolyn Gallaher
December 12, 2018 in Greater Greater Washington

"The History Of Wah Luck House And The Future Of Affordable Housing In D.C."
with Carolyn Gallaher and Kristy Choi
November 8, 2018 in The Kojo Nnamdi Show

"TOPA doesn’t always work for small buildings, a housing fight with the National Shrine shows"
By Carolyn Gallaher
October 9, 2018 in Greater Greater Washington

"Sixty years of D.C. history and culture, slathered in chili"
By Reis Thebault
August 22, 2018 in The Washington Post

"The steady decline of African-American culture in DC"
By Andreane Williams
August 22, 2018 in Equal Times

"The TRGT Fiasco Was No Mistake"
By Jeremiah Moss
July 31, 2018 in The Village Voice

"Exhibit documents historic neighborhood change, successful collective action"
By Robert Bettmann
July 17, 2018 in The DC Line

"Can Gentrification Be Illegal?"
By J. Brian Charles
July 2, 2018 in Governing Magazine

"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

“Lawsuit: D.C. policies to attract affluent millennials discriminated against blacks”
By Paul Schwartzman
May 25, 2018 in The Washington Post

“Gentrification: Reversal of Historic White Flight Is Creating a New Black Flight”
By Cecilia Smith
May 17, 2018 in Atlanta Black Star

“It's Not Cool to Argue About Whether D.C. Is Cool”
By Alex Baca
May 15, 2018 in CityLab

“In a Revived Durham, Black Residents Ask: Is There Still Room for Us?”
By Amanda Abrams
May 1, 2018 in The New York Times

"It’s difficult to become a homeowner with limited English proficiency"
By Carolyn Gallaher
April 26, 2018 in Greater Greater Washington

“Affordable Housing Provides City An Opportunity to Live Its Values”
By Matt Delaney
April 6, 2018 in Falls Church News Press

“Black, White, And Asian — Three Reflections On The 1968 D.C. Riots”
By Sasha-Ann Simons
April 4, 2018 in WAMU

“State of Our Cities”
By Mike Unger
April 1, 2018 in American University Magazine

"A fix or a setback? DC may strip tenant purchase rights from all single-family homes"
By Carolyn Gallaher
March 5, 2018 in Greater Greater Washington

“Exodus: Affordable stores leaving Boulder, stumping experts and worrying remaining low-income residents”
By Shay Castle
February 24, 2018 in Daily Camera

“Wakanda: The Chocolatest City”
By Brentin Mock
February 16, 2018 in CityLab

“Race, Power, Privilege in the Marketplace Are Focus of Interdisciplinary Network’s Research”
By Tiffany Pennamon
February 4, 2018 in Diverse Issues in Education

“A Contest for D.C. Council Chair Takes Shape"
By J. F. Meils
February 2, 2018 in Washington City Paper

“Can Child-Care Benefits Keep Teachers in the Classroom?”
By Sarah D. Sparks
January 23, 2018 in Education Week

"Revoking El Salvador’s Temporary Protective Status is bad news for the region"
By Carolyn Gallaher
January 17, 2018 in Greater Greater Washington

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

"Passed in 2008, this affordable housing law has never been used. Now DC is finally getting ready for DOPA."
By Carolyn Gallaher
December 6, 2017 in Greater Greater Washington

“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

"Students from Belfast, Northern Ireland visited DC. Here’s what they thought."
By Carolyn Gallaher
June 6, 2017 in Greater Greater Washington

“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

"What happens when people without cars move to places built for driving?"
by Carolyn Gallaher
November 28, 2016 in Greater Greater Washington

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

"A Housing Win For Chinatown Residents"
with Carolyn Gallaher, Caroline Hennessy, and Vera Watson
September 26, 2016 in The Kojo Nnamdi Show

“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