I recently accepted an internship in Washington DC this summer (I'll be housed in Arlington) and after reading up on the city, I was told that the NW quadrant is by far the most prosperous and to stay clear of the SE and parts of the NE. I read that at the beginning of the Iraq War, there were more murders in the inner-city of Washington than there were US casualties in Iraq in a certain time period. I believe I read that in the Washington Post.
My questions is...with so many federal jobs in DC, why are there so many depressed, blighted areas of the city? Is the beltway totally to blame? Or is it the structure of the DC government?