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Columns by Mark David Richards

Mark Richards is a sociologist who has lived in a variety of District neighborhoods (Mt. Pleasant, Columbia Heights, Kalorama, Georgetown, Dupont Circle) for 15 years.  He currently lives in Dupont East near the “17th Street Strip,” and works as senior associate at Bisconti Research, Inc., an opinion research firm, in Woodley Park.  Richards was born in Pennsylvania, and has lived in North Carolina; Kentucky; Paris and Strasbourg, France; Bouaké, Ivory Coast; and Tombouctou and Diré, Mali.   He speaks French.  Richards authored “Making Up Our Mind in a Democratic Age:  A Review of the Social Science Literature on Land Use Decision Making,” (June 1994); “Searching for Environmental Justice in a Democratic Age:  Review of the Discourse on Environmental Inequality,” (July 1996); “Case Study of Neighborhood Identity: Washington, D.C.’s Dupont East Neighborhood” (April 1997); “How a Modern Electricity Company Went to the Roots of Democracy to Build Public Trust” (September 1997); and “Struggle for Democracy: A Local Sociopolitical History of Washington, D.C.” (1998).  He also developed a series of fact sheets on DC, and is writing “Hope and Delusion in the Nation’s Capital: Struggle for Democracy in the District of Columbia,” his doctoral thesis for The Union Institute, which he is doing for fun. 

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