Subscribe to Axios Washington D.C.

Get smarter, faster with a daily look at the biggest stories in Washington D.C.

iPhone showing Axios Tampa Bay newsletter on the Axios app

What $560k(ish) gets you in DMV real estate

The inside of a decorated living room in a single family home.
3100 King Tree St., Silver Spring. Photo: HD Bros

The median sold price for homes in the D.C. region in December was $560,000.

Cuneyt Dil
Jan 20, 2022 - Politics

'Cat out the bag': Harry Thomas Jr. may endorse Faith Gibson Hubbard

Screenshot of a virtual debate between Ward 5 D.C. Council candidates
A Ward 5 virtual debate from November 2021. Screenshot: Cuneyt Dil/Axios

Harry Thomas Jr., who ended his comeback bid for the Ward 5 D.C. Council seat this week, said he is considering endorsing a former D.C. government staffer in the highly competitive contest.

Driving the news: A campaign newsletter nearly identical to the one Thomas used for his exit announcement is circulating in Ward 5 where he endorses candidate Faith Gibson Hubbard. But Thomas tells Axios that the decision isn't official yet.

Cuneyt Dil
Jan 20, 2022 - COVID

D.C. region sees sharp decline in COVID cases

Data: N.Y. Times. Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The dramatic upswing in COVID-19 cases that briefly made our region the epicenter of the Omicron surge is now rapidly abating.

Why it matters: Omicron’s quick spread forced leaders to ramp up testing and sidelined employees across governments and businesses, derailing public life and leading to an increase in deaths.

Paige Hopkins
Jan 20, 2022 - News

Screen Time with figure skating star Ilia Malinin

Photo illustration of a grid of smartphone screens, the center one showing an image of Ilia Malinin.
Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Fairfax native Ilia Malinin is an internationally recognized figure skater.

The 17-year-old’s fan base was outraged when he didn’t land a spot on the U.S. Men’s Figure Skating Olympic team after placing second in the national championship earlier this month; he’ll be the team's first alternate instead.

  • We’ll have more on the high schooler’s skating career next month as the Winter Olympics get started, but for now we’re digging into his media habits with a new edition of Screen Time. 

Your DMV weekend planner

A latte with "weekend" written in the foam.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Here are a few events going on this weekend. Get out there and have a blast!

Wealth gap impacts D.C.'s Black homebuyers

Data: Zillow analysis of data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA); Map: Baidi Wang/Axios
Data: Zillow analysis of data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA); Map: Baidi Wang/Axios

D.C.’s Black mortgage applicants are denied at almost three times the rate of white applicants.

By the numbers: New Zillow analysis found that 20.8% of Black mortgage applicants in the District are denied. That’s compared to 7.7% of white residents.

WMATA general manager Paul Wiedefeld announces retirement

WMATA chief
Photo: Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post/Getty Images

WMATA general manager Paul Wiedefeld unexpectedly announced Tuesday that he will retire — after six years on the job and coming at a difficult moment for the agency as it tries to get sidelined 7000-series trains back on track.

Cuneyt Dil
Jan 18, 2022 - COVID

D.C. debuts new COVID testing and vaccination centers

Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Health workers at a COVID testing and vaccination center
Mayor Muriel Bowser tours D.C.'s new COVID-19 center in Ward 7. Photo: Cuneyt Dil/Axios

The District on Tuesday opened four new walk-in COVID-19 centers where residents can get vaccinated and tested, with four more planned to open next week across the city.

Why it matters: As the pandemic enters its third year, officials see the need to continue opening permanent vaccination and testing sites. The facilities debut as the case rate in the nation's capital declines after briefly leading the country.