Housing Complex

Morning Links

People are dumb, think UFOs exist. [Post]

Immigrants start lots of small businesses. [DCist]

Dan Tan lays down the law. [Post]

It's still no easier than it used to be to buy a house. [WSJ]

According to survey by planners, Americans want more planning. [AtlanticCities]

More public money for Progression Place. [WBJ]

Maryland getting into the venture capital business. [WBJ]

$350,000 for two permit reviews? [WBJ]

Nobody says anything interesting about Michael Brown. [WBJ]

Things looking up for Howard University Hospital. [WBJ]

Keeping D.C.'s streams clean. [LifeintheVillage]

How affordable housing fared in the 2013 budget. [DCFPI]

Capitol Hill Restoration Society calls DDOT report on Hine a "hand grenade." [ANCNorm]

Prince Georges will get its very own MGM. [Examiner]

Why would you put a hospital anywhere other than a Metro stop? [GGW]

Today on the market: Tudor time.

  • Chris

    You'd put a hospital at some place other than a metro stop because (a) when you need to go to the hospital, you don't want to be relying on the Metro; (b) most of the "customers" of a hospital (patients and visitors) will be coming from a myriad of locations and won't change where they live just on the off-chance they need to go to the hospital; and (c) space near a metro station is better used for commercial, retail, and residential options that people do visit on a regular basis.

    Put another way, if a hospital goes at the metro stop, that means that there are offices, apartments, homes, and stores that will not be able to go there.

  • trulee pist

    Chris, you may never have been visiting a patient at National Hospital Center. It's easy enough to get a taxi to come to your house and take you to the hospital. It is impossible to get a cab to drive over and pick you up there to take you home after your visit. It would be a good thing to consider transit options at hospitals.

  • Mrs. D

    Also, you know who goes to the hospital almost every day? Hospital employees. Most hospitals have thousands of them, from doctors and nurses to janitors and cooks. Those people, plus visitors, outpatients, and those going to general medical appointments (remember, this is a hospital center, not just a hospital, so it would likely have doctors' offices attached) can all use Metro to get there. And the staff may even choose to live nearby, if a good comprehensive plan that includes nearby housing is developed, further building on the development.

    Some ground-floor street retail would be a nice addition (made all the more viable with nearby housing included in a comp plan), but overall putting this by an underused Metro station seems like a pretty good idea to me.

  • Chris

    Mrs D and trulee - But is a hospital the best use of the limited space around metro stations? Given the variability in who uses hospitals (i.e., most patrons hope to use it once a year at most), wouldn't it make more sense to put options (retail, commercial, residential) where the employees and the customers will be making routine trips every day. Mass transit does routine very well; for later-hours or non-routine service, it does not do well.

  • crin

    Those permit fees are probably 2% of the value of construction, which is the way it works. So that's a $6M building and a $12M building.