I thoroughly enjoyed the article “Black Homeownership in Lurch, Report Says” by William J. Ford in the last edition of your paper. Unfortunately, Prince George’s County is not the only jurisdiction experiencing this issue. As a lifelong resident of Washington, D.C., it pains me to see the change of homeownership that is rapidly making this city almost foreign to me. Where have all the black homeowners gone? What is particularly disturbing is the fact that our neighborhoods are no longer the close-knit social communities that they once were. As soon as a house in my neighborhood goes up for sale, it isn’t long before we have new white neighbors. Don’t young black families want to be homeowners, too? Well, of course they do! But this city has priced them out, sold them out and taxed them out in favor of well-to-do whites. I don’t think it will ever be the same, at least not in my lifetime. So sad!
Bowser Will Finish What She Started
I am so happy to have seen that Mayor Muriel Bowser is running for a second term. I think that the city has seen many improvements for all residents, not just those with economic privilege. I know that the upward trend that the city is on will continue under a second term when she is elected. She is in a position to make history as only the third two-term mayor, and she is a woman – an African-American woman. She already is a positive role model for young women in the city, and she stands to be a trailblazer as well. I know her talented campaign team and all of her advisers will see to it that she claims the victory!
Mary R. Drudgery