Why is there a highway four blocks away from my apartment?

Partly because here in Washington, D.C., and in many other parts of America, the powers that be wanted to get black people out of the way. From Vox:

I’m in Southwest D.C. We have a highway here. We also had a thriving minority community decades ago, but then urban renewal came along and many families were relocated.

The PBS special “10 Towns That Changed America” explained the significance of the Southwest urban renewal. It begins around the 37:20 mark in the video below.

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Property values are high in downtown Washington

I was checking property values on Zillow the other day, and saw this entry for a nice place in downtown Washington:

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A bargain at $386 million, and only $2 million a month to rent. I hear it has a nice roundish office, too. But it’s not on the market, although a certain presidential candidate has enough money to buy it, and would put his name on it in YUUUGE letters.