State of the Capital Region 2024: Crimes, Convictions and Corrections Over the Long Run in the Capital Region

May 29, 2024, 11:30 to 12:45
George Washington University's Textile Museum

Is crime really worse now than it has been in the past? We discuss what the data can tell us about where crime occurs, how severe it is, and how policy responds.
Join us for a discussion to make sense of these complex issues. We are proud to host an expert panel with deep experience in many parts of the criminal justice system.
  • Jessie Liu, Former US Attorney for DC, now Partner, Skadden, Arps
  • Krystal Oriadha, County Councilmember, District 7, Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Jason Ziedenberg, Director of Research, DC Justice Lab

Homicides Substantially Lower than During the 1990s, But Increasing in the District and Prince George’s

Homicides per 100,000 Capital Region Residents, 1980 to 2021 map of tax liens and gentrification

Past Events

Can We Collect Property Taxes Without Stealing Home Equity? Problems of Property Tax Liens

March 8, 2023, 3:30 to 4:45
George Washington University's Textile Museum

Policy Brief
The Problems with Property Tax Liens and How to Improve Property Tax Enforcement
By Cameron LaPoint and Daniel Burge

If you don't pay your property taxes, the city has the right to foreclose on your property. But did you know that in many jurisdictions, including Maryland and the District of Columbia, that the city has the right to the entire value of your house if you have even a very small unpaid property tax liability?

In this event, Cameron LaPoint from the Yale School of Management tells us about tax lien policy and its implications for cities writ large. We are then joined for an expert panel to help us understand the causes of, consequences from, and policy solutions to these issues.

Our expert panel is moderated by the Urban Institute's John Buhl and includes
  • John Green, Blackstar Real Estate
  • Mr. Green is an experienced developer who has worked with many of these properties after they have left the owners' hands.
  • Joanne Savage, Legal Counsel for the Elderly
  • Ms Savage has counseled many elderly clients whose homes have been at risk of foreclosure and has seen the evolution of these policies in the District of Columbia.
  • Todd Gaziano, Chief of Legal Policy and Strategic Research, Pacific Legal Foundation.
  • The Pacific Legal Foundation is representing the plaintiff in a case coming before the Supreme Court this spring on what is known as “home equity theft.”
Find full speaker bios here.
map of tax liens and gentrification

Talk Housing Policy With Brookings Senior Fellow Jenny Schuetz

Thursday September 29, 2022
George Washington University's Textile Museum
3:30 to 4:45

Most of us think housing in the Capital Region is too expensive. If that's right, what can we do about it?

In her new book, Fixer Upper, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Jenny Schuetz has prescriptions to fix America's housing system. Jenny is a housing expert, and she is also a DC local. What do her recommendations mean for the area we call home?

Join the Center for Washington Area Studies and moderator Alex Baca, Policy Manager at Greater Greater Washington, for a in-person spirited discussion of Jenny's prescriptions for our housing woes.

photo of schuetz book cover
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