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I got ready to read Brian Montopoli’s story “Suite Deal” (1/10) and had a hard time getting past the picture on the cover. It exhibits the demented architectural taste and subtle housing discrimination that still exist in the District of Columbia. This picture could be described by a variety of words, but I give it three: anti-family, anti-children, anti-ethnic. Further, most condos that have been developed within the last several years are targeted to the upper-class and single and divorced individuals who do not have dependents. This leaves out middle- and low-income individuals and single parents, who have to spend a large portion of their income just raising children. These condos are equivalent to sour deals for District of Columbia residents, who are in dire need of quality housing.

Southwest