The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Washington, D.C.:
Families with Children Not Wanted

Apr 24, 2017

The owner of a housing complex with big, inexpensive apartments in Washington, D.C.‘s stable, black working-class neighborhood of Brookland now has aggressive plans to tear the buildings down and replace them with smaller units.

The owner plans to eliminate all five-bedroom apartments, all four-bedroom apartments, and half of the three-bedroom apartments.

It’s more profitable for the landlord to rent a lot of one- or two-bedroom apartments than to rent big apartments. But where are families supposed to go?

This society treats housing as a source of profit, not as a necessity for every person. So developers get to keep their profits, while families with lower incomes have nowhere to live.