Iâ€™d like to start out by saying that Iâ€™m honored to be here.Â This is the first of what I hope will be many contributions to this great community.Â
Apologies for beginning my stint here with a D.C.-centric theme but with January 20th rapidly approaching, we do feel like weâ€™re the center of the universe.
I have a family friend, a young lawyer, who is now six months pregnant with her second child, who recently lost her job in New York City when her law firm folded.Â She had very little warning and no severance pay.Â Her husband works for Goldman Sachs.Â I imagine that there are sleepless nights in that family.
Another friend worked for Lehman Brothers.Â Before you picture her out on the street, it turns out that her entire division at Lehman was acquired by Barclays, so she is still gainfully employed.Â But many of her closest friends lost their jobs and she reports that New York City has changed dramatically over the past few months.
Perhaps New Yorkâ€™s loss will be a gain for Washington D.C. and for the health of the D.C. real estate market.Â According to The Washington Postsâ€™ Steven Pearlstein, â€œThe region should leverage the enthusiasm of the new generation of bright, young, ambitious people who will seek to come here. Continue reading this post