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Affordable Housing Shortage

In the wake of the nationwide affordable housing shortage, the federal government has proposed tripling rents for the poorest tenants receiving federal housing assistance and encouraging some 4.5 million households enrolled in federal voucher and public housing programs to shorten

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Bugging Out

Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite is a phrase many of us heard during childhood and, later, paid little attention to once we became adults. But according to Orkin – the Atlanta-based pest control company – there

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Election Motivation

Election observers have long lamented the fact that only roughly half of registered voters cast ballots in presidential elections, and even fewer vote in other races. A 2008 study by Stanford University researchers Joshua Harder and Jon A. Krosnick found

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We’re Back. . . and Looking Forward to 2017

It is great to be back, after suspending our blog several months ago to complete our office move to a new location in Alexandria. And as we settle in to welcome in a new year, we are thankful for the

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Moving Our Offices

We will be moving our offices over the next few weeks and hope to resume posting later this summer.

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Women in Construction

Although women working in construction numbered just 1.2 percent of the entire U.S. workforce in 2013, an increasing number of construction industry vendors that we do business with are headed by women or employ women. Our experience is apparently an

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Spring Break

We will have a new post in May.

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Ghost Tenants

Nowhere is the nation’s affordable housing crisis more evident than in the rise of a phenomenon known as “ghost tenants,” or people attempting to live in government subsidized affordable housing, secretly, off lease. At Spring Garden Apartments, the number of

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Our 1st Anniversary

It’s been nearly a year since the inception of this blog. So I thought we’d take a look back at what we have shared with our readers and what our readers have shared with us. Since our first blog post

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The red line that won’t fade

A few months after Fairfax County gave Verizon approval in October 2005 to offer cable TV and Internet service in the county, a company representative visited my office and excitedly told me Verizon would be rolling out more than 300

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