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Washington D.C.’s Ward 8 might soon see the benefits from large-scale real estate development; the D.C. City Council is poised to approve far-reaching ‘green building’ rules; and, as it updates its zoning rules, Rockville stops new development. All this, plus more…
• A Boost for Anacostia Despite the promises and aspirations of many generations of political, civic, and business leaders, Anacostia and the other neighborhoods in southeast Washington D.C.’s Ward 8 have not enjoyed the benefit of large-scale real estate development. That may soon change. by Richard Newman • Going Green in D.C. A groundbreaking piece of legislation — the District of Columbia Green Building Act — could be one of the most far-reaching “green building” laws in the country. by Mark Polston • Beware the Predators In every neighborhood in which property values have increased substantially, predators known as “mortgage investors” or “mortgage rescuers” are waiting. They are waiting to take advantage of unknowing and often financially unsophisticated homeowners, especially those facing financial hardships and possible foreclosure. by Patricia A. Brannan and Sharese M. Pryor • From Renter to Owner The District’s special approach to tenant rights — mandatory statutory rights of tenants to purchase the building in which they live when the apartment-building owner contracts to sell it — has provided a stepping stone to a new business model that assists renters in becoming first-time homeowners. by Erik Bolog • The Forest for the Trees I am here to bear witness to a story that reflects my extrication from a profession I no longer enjoyed and my smooth landing into a new career. My new mantra is, “Do not make changes for change’s sake, but do not be afraid to make changes just because it is change.” by Richard Ross • A Check on Sprawl? On November 13, the mayor and council of Rockville, Md., adopted a moratorium on new development within the city. As other jurisdictions weigh similar restrictions on development, some observers say that the moratorium will affect development around the region. by Erica A. Leatham

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