giscard78 t1_j8udqri wrote

DCHA is at 187%. I can’t remember exactly how it got there but I think it groups SAFMRs (ZIP codes) into neighborhoods, and “does analysis” to arrive at some number. DC is probably one of the most data rich (and should be data driven) cities in America, I shudder at the thought of DCHA’s analysis.

If you don’t mind me asking, when you say compliance, is that both tenant, landlord, PHA, or all of the above compliance?


giscard78 t1_j7pej1s wrote

> The pay there is higher than DC, even though the COL is 40% lower than DC. It makes zero sense (and people will try to justify it but their justification will also make zero sense)

Federal pay is based on the cost of labor, not cost of living. Houston has a lot of engineers which drives up the cost of white collar labor in that market.


giscard78 t1_j6zplsw wrote

> GS5 ladder position

What’s the top of your ladder and what is your job series? (eg 1102 contract specialist (I have no idea if this series exists at this level)) if you can grin and bear it with roommates, cooking every meal at home, and doing a lot of free things then it might be worth it. If you can get up to a 7 or 9, you won’t be living like a king, but your breathing room will definitely go up. If you can get to those grades then transition to another ladder or series, it’ll take some years, but you can go up.


giscard78 t1_j6o4tna wrote

I think my agency routes all internet traffic through Saipan. Doing basic things in any browser is incredibly slow and just seems to get worse every week. It’s the worst while actually in the office.


giscard78 t1_j6mqzz7 wrote

> I always thought the barn door rooms was a step up from a studio

I’ve seen these referred to as a “junior one bedroom” sometimes (I don’t think it’s industry wide or standard). The name has always sounded kind of funny to me, like it’s someone working their way up to comprehending a bedroom with an out facing window, not the unit trying to downplay the shitty floor plan lol.


giscard78 t1_j6l3cxj wrote

> professional life

Hire me as a GS-14, I’ll write you complete answers all day. Shit, I’ll even show you my work.

In all seriousness, if you’re interested in learning about neighborhoods, googling “ “neighborhood” (you can even add “year”) is a great way to learn about neighborhood history. Make sure to include quotes around the neighborhood name and a separate set for the year if you include that part. Obviously, there’s going to be some bias from what the Post writes but it is a decent record. The best is finding articles that link to other local sources.


giscard78 t1_j6kswpu wrote

Carver Terrace, which is centered at 21st and Maryland NE (“21st n Vietnam”), has had decades long issues with violence. IIRC, it mainly feuds with Langston Terrace to the south. You could probably live there and be fine (assuming you don’t sell drugs) but maybe you’d be uncomfortable.

I think the bigger issue is that there’s really not anything around there and if you end up not feeling comfortable walking around, you’re gonna end up driving everywhere, and before getting into the car vs no car debate, it’ll just be a pain every time you want to do something. People put up with crime in other neighborhoods because they have something to offer, that area does not. The USDA closed the M Street NE entrance to the arboretum in the early 90s and hasn’t looked back (you have to go up Bladensburg to R NE to get in).

Unless you really need to be near Gallaudet, H Street, or something over there, and assuming you’re interested in the $630k house there, neighborhoods like Riggs Park, Queen’s Chapel, Michigan Park, And Lamond Riggs or even Brightwood Park are closer to things to do and honestly, probably safer. Maybe that’s just my preference, idk. Brentwood DC might also be slightly more central and offer more to do but it’s safety is probably not quite like the above mentioned neighborhoods.