Posts Tagged ‘Housing Complex’

The Minimum Wage Will Increase Tomorrow in D.C.

The District's minimum-wage workers will start seeing a city-mandated increase in their paychecks tomorrow, July 1, when the first phase of the city's wage increase goes into effect. Beginning tomorrow, the minimum wage will jump to $9.50 per hour from today's $8.25.
This boost is part of legislation that Mayor Vince Gray signed into law in January that will eventually [...]

District Line Daily: The Gas Menagerie

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The latest issue of Washington City Paper is on stands today, and the cover story is [...]

District Line Daily: Contracting Kerfuffle

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It's hard-copy City Paper day, so get yours and learn about the oversight mess that [...]

From Housing Complex: Build Two More Floors on MLK Library

Lydia DePillis reports from a panel of bigwigs who know just what to do with the MLK library downtown:
Over the past week, a panel of real estate, marketing, and library experts have been interviewing dozens of local figures, pouring over market statistics, and touring the surrounding neighborhoods to figure out what to do with Washington's central [...]

From Housing Complex: D.C.’s 5th and 6th Walmarts Will At Least Get Urban Design Right

Lydia DePillis takes note of the schmancy-looking surprise Walmarts opening up in the District:
From a local perspective, one of my biggest qualms about Walmart is what the mega-retailer could do neighborhoods: Can a big-box store integrate well with its surroundings, creating walkable places where other kinds of small businesses can thrive? The District's experience with [...]

From Housing Complex: Want to Hold A Revolution? Don’t Do it In Freedom Plaza.

Lydia DePillis argues against occupying Freedom Plaza. Because it sucks:
All public spaces are not created equal, as we know. And Freedom Plaza, a vast expanse of concrete inlaid with representations of the White House and the Capitol Complex, is about as livable as a barren tundra. Tents have overflowed the small grassy patches, and are resting [...]

From Housing Complex: Why Isn’t Ward 5 Thrilled About Being the Pot District?

My colleague Lydia DePillis wonders why residents of Ward 5 aren't pleased with plans to open most of the city's marijuana dispensaries there:
Such antipathy makes no sense. Concentrating marijuana production (and even sales, although that's not what these applications are for) in Ward 5 would be a boon to the area, not a blight—they're employment [...]

From Housing Complex: Neighborhood Branding, Brookland Edition

My colleague Lydia DePillis is not terribly impressed by branding attempts in Brookland:
The problem with neighborhood branding is that many neighborhoods are similar: They have trees. They have history. They are close-knit communities.
For that reason, the four design concepts the Office of Planning has offered for a Brookland brand could probably apply to any number [...]

District Limerick: X2 vs. Smart Car

The shuttle on H is in flux
Once gone, but now back with big bucks
With choices galore
Want maximum gore?
Then ride the X2 with us schmucks
If bus shootings make you distraught
Consider a ludicrous thought:
This condo is far
But comes with a car
Stop renting! It's time that you bought

Real World D.C. Cast Arriving Now! Really?

DCist is reporting that the Real World DC cast may be arriving right friggin now. Has anybody been this excited by the arrival of more d-bags into D.C.? DCist writes:
"A tipster just texted that the D.C. Real World cast appears to be arriving as we speak — she reports seeing a blonde girl with a [...]

Our Morning: Give Us Shelter

Loyal City Desk readers (all four of you), please direct your attention today toward Housing Complex. It's another of the all-day reporting blitzes by the vast Washington City Paper newsroom (see Food Day, Average Day) if, you know, you got the time.
Watch for architectural/vocab dispatches from Beaujon, "jump squad" efforts from Cherkis and Montgomery, doings [...]

Our Morning Roundup

* Headline of Politico's VP debate preview makes me giggle. Plus: We watch for the crashes:
With all their potential for pitfalls and insta-classic moments, the pair has made the build up to the showdown, to take place here Thursday night at Washington University, feel more like a NASCAR race than a serious political forum: the [...]

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