Archive for May, 2012

Morning Links

Condo conversion time on 11th Street NW. [Urbanturf]
Can't they just find another public building to name after William Lockridge? [Post]
Shaw-Dupont Citizens Alliance gears up for a fight. [Borderstan]
Cutting down on deer. [Post]
Why bike stores shouldn't worry about Capital Bikeshare's helmet sales. [Washcycle]
Designated drivers, on demand. [TBD]
NoMa gets a cycletrack! [GGW]
Explaining Brutalism. [Archpaper]
Urbanist book club! [NextAmericanCity]
With [...]

Is the District Unconstitutionally Forcing Contractors to Hire Local?

For years now, contractors have complained about District rules that require them to hire local residents on construction projects built with city money (which, most of the time, they haven't obeyed). Last year, the D.C. Council tightened the First Source law even further, mandating that D.C. residents account for a majority of the hours worked [...]

Capitol Hill Crusader Dick Wolf Passes Away

Capitol Hill has lost one of its old guard: Dick Wolf, who served as president of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society in the late 1970s and from 2005 until 2009, died on Sunday of pancreatic cancer.
Wolf moved to Capitol Hill in 1969, after his neighbors had fought off a highway being plowed through the neighborhood, and [...]

Gospel Rescue Ministries Files For Bankruptcy To Keep Its Buildings

It's rough out there for nonprofits these days, and Gospel Rescue Ministries—a faith-based homeless shelter and treatment center that's operated downtown since 1906—is having as hard a time as any. Although its main source of income is contracts with the District government, its donor base has shrunk. It was forced to cut staff, if not [...]

Morning Links: Moving On

Connecticut Avenue to get lit up. [Borderstan]
The longest going-out-of-business store in Georgetown lives again downtown. [WBJ]
The case for Hine. [GGW]
Prisons from above. [AtlanticCities]
Why D.C.'s wealth isn't a sign of federal decadence. [Slate]
Better taxis ain't free. [Examiner]
New project for important ballpark block. [JDLand]
Today on the market: Cook's kitchen.

Meet the New Boss: Department of Human Services Director David Berns

David Berns has one of the harder jobs in District government: Trying to keep people off the streets in a housing market that doesn't leave much room for the poor. As part of a Housing Complex Q&A series with Mayor Vince Gray's cabinet, I sat Berns down with family services administrator Fred Swan to ask [...]

Ask Wegmans to Come, But On D.C.’s Terms

Here's an easy way to get web traffic: Find some "news" about Wegmans locating in the District, even if it's just an assurance that the city and the grocer may still be talking to each other, a year after they started. It's the great white whale of food purveyors, forever lurking in the suburbs, and [...]

This Week

It's a thin week in vaguely real estate-related events! Got one to share? Drop me a line:
6:00 p.m. – District Department of Transportation meeting on reconstruction of First Street NE in NoMa (cycletrack alert!). 130 M Street, NE, Flats 130 Apartments, Second Floor Community Room.
10:00 a.m. – Council oversight hearing on enforcement of pedestrian and [...]

Morning Links: Hanging On

The Journal on height limits. [WSJ]
The ICC was a great deal for a few people. [Post]
Can D.C. hang on to its young folks? [Post]
Here's how. [RPUS]
A lease dispute could make for a fun trial. [WBJ]
Who can afford walkability? [Post]
Nikki rides a bike. [CHotR, CHotR]
Hine School enters design by committee. [EMMCA]
Government Printing Office, historified. [SoW]
Keeping 16th [...]

Towards a New Alignment of D.C. Politics?

A few months ago, a paper by George Mason University professor David Schleicher generated a good bit of chatter in the land use blogosphere. The argument: Housing in cities has become too expensive because, without strong local political parties, land use decisions tend to be driven by those next to proposed developments rather than the overall interests [...]