According to a website that maps census data, rental prices in downtown Silver Spring vary—a lot.
Don't tell the people living west of East-West Highway, but folks to the east are paying hundreds less per month in rent. And east of Fenton Street? Prices go down even more. This is all according to the American Community Survey, a yearly product of the Census Bureau that helps local governments know key demographic information about residents. A website, www.richblockspoorblocks.com, plugged in the rental price numbers for 2007-2011 and created color-coded maps that show where people are paying the most to live. For downtown Silver Spring, the money district is a small, oddly shaped swath running to the east of 16th Street and Eastern Avenue, bounded by Newell Street to the South, East-West Highway to the east and the Metro tracks to …
Renters Alliance wants protection from no-cause evictions, landlord intimidation and crazy rent increases.
- PATCH'S HOUSE & HOME
- Whitney Teal
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
A growing number of people are choosing to rent rather than buy homes in Montgomery County. Matt Losak, executive director of the Montgomery County Renters Alliance, says more than 25 percent of the county rents—with about 70 percent of those renters living in greater Silver Spring and Wheaton. There are many reasons why. Some renters don’t want to be burdened with high taxes or home maintenance while seniors and immigrants are more often choosing rentals, according to Losak. Regardless of what motivates a person to rent, he or she wants the same security and protections as homeowners, he said. That’s where the Alliance comes in. After a Tenants Work Group suggested the county form a group to advocate for renters’ rights, Losak’s …