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Alex joined City Paper as Loose Lips in January 2022, following stops at a variety of D.C.-area media outlets. At publications including the Washington Business Journal, ARLnow, and InsideNoVa, he focused on the region’s housing crisis, the arrival of Amazon HQ2, and local politics of all kinds. A Northern Virginia native and Virginia Tech grad, Alex spends his time away from work watching too much TV, obsessing over his hometown Pittsburgh teams, and trying to sample all the world’s gins.

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After Years Positioning Herself as a Housing Leader, Bowser Beats a Retreat in Her New Budget

Advocates and lawmakers are alarmed by Bowser’s proposals to walk back spending on development and rental assistance.

Mayor Muriel Bowser spent the past few years casting herself as a regional leader on housing and homelessness issues. But at the first sign of a slowing economy, she’s pivoted to a full retreat. In just about every area of housing policy, Bowser’s new budget, released Wednesday, is a bit stingier than prior proposals, according…