Housing Complex

Committee of 100 Honors Arena Stage, Streetcar Gadfly, More!

The Committee of 100 is out with its 2011 Vision Awards. For projects, the crusty planning advocacy group honored Arena Stage, the Civil War Defenses of Washington Trail, the Deanwood Community Center & Library, and the All Hallows Guild of Washington National Cathedral. For its individual lifetime achievement awards, the Committee chose National Coalition to Save Our Mall founder Judy Scott Feldman and C100 transportation committee chair Meg Maguire, who has fought visual impositions like billboards and overhead streetcar wires, as well as led the reconstruction of the First Congregational Church as a mixed-use building downtown.

Relatedly, last week the Coalition for Smarter Growth—which you might consider to be a next-generation C100, with slightly different priorities—presented its 2011 Livable Communities Leadership Award to David Bowers of Enterprise Community Partners for his work preserving and building new affordable housing.

Just, you know, for comparison's sake.


  • http://marketurbanism.com Stephen Smith

    Hm...so an anti-transit NIMBY vs. a rent control advocate. Not sure who exactly I'm supposed to be rooting for here.

  • DC Guy

    The Arena Stage is nothing more than a giant terrarium. This is special because...why?

  • Reid

    A giant terrarium? That sounds awesome, I gotta check that out.

  • Bob

    Exuse me, but are unsightly billboards considered "smart growth," too?

  • crin

    Billboards and overhead wires are ugly. I'd rather have less ugly, not more. The horror.

  • oboe

    Billboards and overhead wires are ugly...

    Not even a comparison between the two. Though I like your breezy attempt at equivalence.

    Here's a great example of ugly overhead wires:


    As you say, "The Horror!"


  • LFN

    Ms. DePillis used the word "comparison" not "contrast." Fact is that two organizations with somewhat different (although not always conflicting)missions gave awards for different purposes. All of them are worthy, from both groups, are meritorious. The only thing I didn't like about the article was the headline, which I assume a headline writer wrote, not the author. Meg Maguire, who spearheaded a masterful report on streetcars (which thoughtfully and intelligently laid out the major issues to be addressed) is no "gadfly." She's extremely thoughtful, analytical and visionary - hence her being selected for a "vision award" by the Committee of 100.