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Given the events of the past week on the affordable-housing front—i.e., the displacement of more than 200 from a Mount Pleasant building destroyed by fire—you might suppose that the administration of Adrian M. Fenty would be getting way behind the issue right now.

But check out his budget. According to an account just posted on, the mayor is taking the cheap route in this area:

The budget appears to commit $61 million to affordable housing, significantly less than the $117 million the administration promised the Washington Interfaith Network it would spend.

[City Administrator Dan] Tangherlini said the administration will make up the difference by committing new land and other benefits to affordable housing efforts.

Oh yeah, that’s a better approach than actually funding it.