Archive for April, 2012

Morning Links: Fallout

More ugly details in GSA scandal. [Post]
The battle is joined over later bar hours. [Post]
The sidewalk wars continue. [GGW]
The sad state of the Housing Production Trust Fund. [GGW]
What NPR will look like. [DCMetrocentric]
Anacostia Riverwalk becomes East Bank Trail. [Washcycle]
Get your solar thermal rebate. [DCSUN]
All the ways to be a Wardman. [Urbanturf]
The shrink-down-Hine campaign gets signs. [...]

The August’s Louver Doors, Saved!

Last week, we checked in with some tenants at the August apartments near Dupont Circle who were upset that Bernstein Management was planning to remove their their quaint-and-yet-useful wood slatted doors as part of a building-wide facelift. Today, Bernstein sent out a letter explaining how the property had changed hands without tenants receiving an offer [...]

Ginnie Cooper Lands Bing Thom For New Woodridge Library

Get on your feet and sing hallelujah, the crazy library plans are back! After taking a breather from her building blitz, D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper has brought on borderline starchitect Bing Thom—he of the swoopy Arena Stage—to design a new Woodridge Library. The existing services will be moved to a temporary location while a new building [...]

Reeves Center Watch: Transit Center Out, D.C. Center In?

Buildout has already begun in the former Municipal Deli space at the Reeves Center at 14th and U Street NW for a new post office, which has been displaced from its T Street location. Meanwhile, the District Department of Transportation's initial plan to put a service center for things like processing transit passes and handing [...]

Morning Links: Kneejerk

Nuanced, informed thinking about raising the height limit. [AlexBlock]
And then there's Harry Jaffe. [Examiner]
Why we need an infrastructure bank. [2030Group]
Will locals ever hang out in Times Square? [NYMag]
WIll chickens bring the plague? [WAMU]
Arlington County employees could get paid to live local. [Patch via Urbanturf]
Oh great, D.C. fuzz learning from Israel. [WTOP]
Commuting is expensive. [TBD]
Best Buys [...]

Is Lumen8 Anacostia’s Future?

Going to the kickoff of the three-month-long, multi-site art party known as Lumen8Anacostia on Saturday, thoughtfully previewed on Arts Desk, I thought of nothing so much as the idea that the neighborhood was trying on a costume: What would it feel like to have a bunch of young, mostly white folks concert hopping on Martin [...]

This Week

The week in vaguely real estate-related events. Got one to share? Drop me a line:
Monday – Happy Emancipation Day, the day on which reporters commemorate freedom and self-determination for all by working.
7:00 p.m. – Gallaudet University Campus Plan workshop. The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE.
6:30 p.m. – Ward 7 Budget Town Hall [...]

Morning Links: Afterlife

LivingSocial's various downtown digs. [Post]
Hit Item Wholesale on the way out? [PoP]
The life, near-death, rebirth, and afterlife of the Old Post Office. [SoW]
Pedicabs, prepare to get regulated. [TBD]
Low Income Housing Tax Credits at risk? [GlobeSt]
Abe Pollin builds affordable housing from the grave. [WAMU]
"Isn’t it horrible enough that the vista west from the Capitol along the [...]

99 Nights With the 99 Percent, Reviewed

I wrote this book review for Arts Desk.
Somebody had to write the first Occupy Wall Street book. In fact, it’s not a bad marketing strategy: The first full-length, single-author synthesis of that giant thing that slammed into the American discourse last fall is certain to earn some attention.
Boston Phoenix staff writer Chris Faraone’s 99 Nights [...]

Any Questions For the Department of Small and Local Business Development?

Later this afternoon, I'm doing a trademarked Housing Complex Agency Director Q&A with Harold Pettigrew, who's supposed to help you start and grow your bizniss. Curious to know what you want to know. Comment or write me: