Archive for May, 2012

Morning Links: Old Ways

In defense of classicism. [Post]
The history and culture of parking. [ASLA]
Boxy building for T Street. [PoP]
Shall we crown a new most expensive house? [Urbanturf]
Environmentalists opposed to low-impact development? [Post]
Housing supply and demand are complicated. [ExtraordinaryObservations]
Today on the market: European flair.

Jones Lang Lasalle Zooms In On New Tech Space

You know what's probably a smart move in this economy? Hitching yourself to technology startups, with a mind towards sticking with them as they scale. Douglas Development is doing it with LivingSocial and other smaller companies. And global real estate brokerage Jones Lang Lasalle is doing it with Startup America, the White House's effort to [...]

Yet More Resources For Homeless Veterans

After a few shameful years of rampant veteran homelessness, the federal government has poured resources into getting people who served off the streets. It's made an impact: The homeless veteran population dropped 12 percent last year, according to the government's numbers.
In the District, that's meant a lot more help specifically for vets, who according to [...]

Case Against Heritage Foundation’s Third Story Dismissed On Technical Grounds

For over a year now, interested parties have been waiting for the D.C. Court of Appeals to rule on whether or not the Mayor's Agent for historic preservation had erred in allowing the Heritage Foundation to add a third story to its historic building on Pennsylvania Avenue SE. The case had all sorts of implications [...]

McMillan Plan Heads to Historic Preservation Review With Most Neighborhood Groups Opposed

If it were not clear before, let the current state of discussion around planning for the McMillan Sand Filtration Plant leave no doubt that this site is the biggest development headache in the entire city (which, considering the competition, is saying something).
At the moment, there is a master plan for the 25-acre site, which the [...]

Morning Links: Maturity

The lifecycle of a community art installation. [PoP]
No parking lot is safe on 14th Street. [Urbanturf]
Calvary is back in Anacostia. [CHotR]
If you're going to be homeless, try to be a veteran. [WTOP]
Rhode Island Row gets a bona fide sit-down restaurant. [RIAInsider]
The rest of what's wrong with that Bubble on the Potomac piece. [DavidKlion]
Business leaders looking [...]

The Incredible Growing—And Shrinking—Hine Development

Swear to God, if I were trying to build things in this city, I'd propose the biggest possible project at the outset of a public negotiation, anticipating that it would shrink by at least 10 percent during the process. Above is the difference between the proposed office building at the Eastern Market Metro stop—after developer [...]

Broken Windows Theory

When Unity of Washington outgrew its Romanesque Revival building on Capitol Hill, it wasn’t easy to sell. D.C. doesn’t have much of a market for used churches; many congregations have followed their worshippers to the suburbs over the years. The 107-year-old church at 7th and A streets NE had good bones and a graceful presence. [...]

Can D.C. Really Pay For Massive Sewer Upgrades?

Probably not, according to a study out today from the Brookings Institution.
Last October, D.C. Water broke ground on the Clean Rivers Project, a $2.6 billion, 20-year effort to control and cleanse the water that pours off the land and into the Chesapeake Bay. To pay for it, the agency has issued bonds, which are supposed [...]

Morning Links: Better Than The Alternative

Okay, just two days of your life wasted in traffic, awesome. [Post]
Washingtonians have pretty good access to parks. [Examiner]
More taxes for better transit in MoCo. [Post]
Novel short-car parking solution. [PoP]
Union Market has 11 restaurants signed up. [DCmud]
The U Streetification of Florida Avenue. [L4L]
Did ABC Board overstep its bounds in Hank's case? [BLT]
Honestly, why is it [...]