DC residents are raising concerns about pollution from new developments

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | As new developments come to their community in Southwest DC, residents have raised concerns about the pollution they bring. Residents want city officials to redouble their enforcement efforts, plant more grass and trees in the neighborhood and put up more air-quality monitors. (WaPo, 5/6)

Usually when new development encroaches on low-income communities, residents worry most about being squeezed out by rising costs. In Syphax Gardens [a public housing complex in the neighborhood], a more pressing concern is being choked out by dust.

“Some days, it’s like living in a desert storm,” said Rhonda Hamilton, who lives in Syphax Gardens and serves as a D.C. advisory neighborhood commissioner, representing about 2,000 residents in the area. “Our elderly residents complain about burning in their eyes and lungs; children with asthma are having more flare-ups. People start coughing and can’t catch their breath. It’s very scary.”

– Vu Le, Nonprofit AF blogger, discusses why he believes the concept of fairness is the antithesis of justice and why the philanthropic community should have the courage to be “unfair.” (NAF, 4/29)

– A new book documents the growing influence of public-private partnerships with local governments. (Chronicle, 5/7 – Subscription needed)

Related: In October, WRAG is hosting a “Brightest Minds” program featuring business and philanthropy leaders from Northeast Ohio, who will explain how they have partnered to grow their regional economy. This program is open to the public. Details here.

WORKFORCELoudoun Co. to study, develop family leave options for county employees (WTOP, 5/7)

EDUCATION | Maryland Governor Larry Hogan plans to sign a bill that will cover tuition costs at community colleges for qualifying residents. (WaPo, 5/4)

GENDER GAP | The economy has mostly recovered from the 2008 recession, but for some households, especially those headed by low-income, single women, it still hasn’t. (Yes! Magazine, 4/30)

TECHNOLOGYCreating A Space For D.C.’s Black Programmers And Innovators In A Digital Divide (WAMU, 5/4)

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