The Relevance of Regionalism in Washington, DC

  • Sarah Weakley
Keywords: Washington, DC, regionalism, inequality, economic segregation


The Washington, DC Metropolitan region is representative of a larger trend in regions across the country: an increase in economic segregation and inequality that negatively affects both the rich and poor. Regionalist scholars propose that taking a region-wide policy approach in areas such as taxation, transportation, and housing can buttress place-based initiatives to create a more sustainable solution. This paper describes current inequality dynamics in the DC Metropolitan region, discusses current approaches to poverty reduction, and then recommends Regionalist policies as viable alternatives. Regionalist policies and successes provide relevant lessons for the DC Metropolitan region in particular as ways to alleviate the problems of inequality.

Author Biography

Sarah Weakley
Sarah Weakley is a second year Masters in Public Administration student at The George Washington University, concentrating in Urban Development. She earned a B.A. in English Rhetoric from Washington State University in 2008. She currently works at the US Interagency Council on Homelessness in communications and intends to focus her life’s work in housing and urban development policy and administration for low-income populations.