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Although Anacostia had among the fewest residents, it led the District with 20 percent ofintentional deaths annually. Once known for its historically high crime rates, it is now changingrapidly (Perlberg, Gopal, & Gittelsohn, 2015). Now as crime rates fall and homes prices haveincreased across the nation, Anacostia is attracting a new wave of buyers. A part of thisattraction is due to the home prices in Anacostia in comparison to the state’s rate near thecapital. This interest has resulted in the biggest surge of any D.C. neighborhood. Buyers liftedhome values 21 percent in the Anacostia area in 2014. Politics and GovernmentChairperson Phil Mendelson is a Democrat, who has been serving his constituents as aCouncilmember since 1998. Other Council members include Phil Mendelson, Vincent Orange,Anita Bonds, David Grosso, Elissa Silverman, Brianne Nadeau, Jack Evans, Mary M.Chen,Brandon T. Todd, Kenyan McDuffie, Charles Allen, Yvette Alexander, and LaRuby May. In additionto the Councilmember and Committee offices, the Council has several central offices that areresponsible for legal and budget support as well as daily management and operations: Office ofthe Secretary; Legislative Services; Human Resources Division; Office of the General Counsel;Office of the Budget Director; Information Technology: Office of the DC Auditor; Office of theAdvisory Neighborhood Commissions.Communication
12There are various platforms for media communication in Anacostia. The Washingtontimes and The Washington post are both widely circulated newspapers published inWashington, D.C. The Washington Post is a leading American daily newspaper founded in 1877.It places emphasis on national politics. Editions are printed daily for residents in the District ofColumbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The newspaper is published as a broadsheet, withphotographs printed both in color and in black and white.The Southwester is a neighborhoodpaper which serves the SW and Capitol Riverfront areas of Washington, DC. The paper is avehicle to disseminate news and information to the residents. It is the cement which binds thisneighborhood and is a community bulletin board. Another local publication is The AnacostiaGazette. It is an African American newspaper which offers ROP and inserts advertisingopportunities in its daily circulation. Anacostia boasts a broad range of magazines and publications. The District Chronicles isa weekly newspaper by and for the university students who are residents. Most of the articlesare pertinent to students and cover college consortiums, university involvement in thecommunity, and school sports. The events calendar details exhibits, nightlife, workshops, andtours for twenty-somethings. Editorials, news features, and music reviews also discuss local andnational issues. Other publications include the In-Towner DuPont Circle, Logan Circle and AdamsMorgan and Mid-City Community News.