D.C. Suburbs Squeezed by Federal Budget Cuts

After a decade of phenomenal growth driven by security and stimulus spending, recent cuts to the federal government's budget are being felt throughout D.C. As office vacancies fall nationwide, they're rising in the Washington area.

"Federal budget cuts are taking a toll on the office parks that have mushroomed for years in the capital's suburbs, along with the retailers and restaurants that depend on government workers," reports Eliot Brown. "As office markets in other suburban areas are gradually rebounding with the growth of the private-sector labor force, vacancies are rising in the gently rolling hills of northern Virginia and suburban Maryland—home to many a defense contractor and federal agency."

"To be sure, the Washington-area market is still considered healthy, particularly compared with many suburban areas outside New York and Chicago, where vacancies top 20%," adds Brown. "In addition, federal spending is still expected to grow in the long term, and with it, jobs will likely follow."

"But for now, the trajectory change is rippling through the region."

Full Story: D.C.-Area Offices Feel Pinch

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month

City Coasters

Hand-drawn engraved maps of your favorite neighborhoods are divided up across 4 coasters making each one unique.
$36.00
DVD Cover of The Story of Sprawl

The Story of Sprawl

See how America changed shape in this collection of historic films that visually document how sprawl evolved.
$29.99 for 2-DVD SET