RUSH: Get this Washington Post headline: “D.C. Housed the Homeless in Upscale Apartments. It Hasn’t Gone as Planned.”
The story covers the upscale Sedgwick Gardens apartment building in northwest Washington, near fashionable Rock Creek Park. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Here’s where it gets good. A couple years ago, Washington D.C. housing officials fattened the pot of money available for rental subsidies. Their goal was to give tenants in high-crime, impoverished neighborhoods a shot at moving out of there and moving into high-end housing.
What could go wrong?
Well, some of these tenants moved into Sedgwick Gardens directly from homeless shelters, or the streets. And, big surprise, they brought their behavioral problems with them.
Police visits to the building quadrupled. There is pot smoke in the air, feces in the stairways, like in San Francisco. There were so many complaints that the city started staffing the building with social workers. Longtime residents got the heck out.
Whose idea was this? This is liberal thinking. This is liberal planning. This is liberal policy. This outcome is totally predictable. It would almost be hilarious, if it wasn’t so tragic for the people who were forced out, the people who were paying to be there.