THE BARRAS REPORT

October 20, 2019

The economic development solution for what ails communities east of the Anacostia River is complicated. There are legitimate concerns about displacement of residents.  Simultaneously, there are real issues about expanding the middle class that could also effectively gr...

August 8, 2019

So many places to die in dc

in a car

on the bus

on the corner

with a mother

only a whisper away…

Those are words from a poem titled “Dying” that I wrote in the 1980s. I pulled it out this week after learning of the murder of 11-year-old Karon Brown, following what appears to...

May 27, 2017

The District of Columbia’s pending 2018 budget stands in stark contrast to the one submitted to Congress by President Donald Trump and his administration. Where the man who professes to be a populist executive has proposed a spending plan that threatens to squeeze the...

January 9, 2017

THE BARRAS REPORT: WAITING FOR THE FAT LADY,

Universal Paid Leave Part 2

If the mayor of a city knows a bill passed by the legislature has the potential of bankrupting the government or is unfair to residents of her jurisdiction, it is her duty to veto that legislation,...

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The entire DC Council — led by at-large member Anita Bonds, chair of the Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization...

DC's Porous Rent Control Wall

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