Archive for September, 2012

A New Federal Pentagon in Southwest?

The Southwest quadrant has some problems. We all know it. Today, the General Services Administration took a step toward fixing it.
Granted, it's a small step: an announcement of the GSA's "intent to issue a Request for Information (RFI) for interested parties to address the long term needs of multiple GSA Federal Customers located [...]

Morning Links

D.C. construction employment hits a 22-year high. [Post]
Waterfront movie theater plans move forward, to the consternation of neighbors. [JDLand]
The gem in the city's move toward spiffy mixed-use buildings celebrates its grand opening. [DCmud]
The D.C. apartment market is—surprise!—still really hot. [AHF]
Blast from the past: Hillcrest home for sale by Ted Lerner. [Ghosts of DC]
At one of [...]

Census Porn: D.C. Gets Whiter, Denser

Housing Complex likes data. Today we got some, in the form of a special report from the Census Bureau that compares the 2000 and 2010 censuses. Here are the (few) bits that relate to D.C.
Of all metropolitan areas, the D.C. region had the fifth-largest increase in people "downtown," defined as the area within two miles [...]

A Rough Day for Pepco

Poor Pepco.
The most hated company in America couldn't catch a break yesterday. As one of its executives laid out proposals to bury some of the city's power lines, nearly 200 anti-Pepco protesters chanted outside the hearing room and inflated a giant pig bearing the words "Pepco is greedy" in front of the Wilson Building.
At the [...]

Morning Links

Anacostia's BID inches forward. [DCmud]
Work begins on Cathedral Commons. [WBJ]
Will "Zipcar for scooters" come to D.C.? [UrbanTurf]
Biking brings big bucks. [Bike League]
Howard opens a traffic safety research center. [Post]
In Gaithersburg, the future of sustainable suburbia [Atlantic Cities]
In an ideal world, the Greyhound terminal closure would be good news for bikers. [WashCycle]
Mayor Gray operates heavy machinery [...]

Power Moves: The District Looks at Burying Its Power Lines

After the region got derechoed this summer and nearly half a million Pepco customers found themselves without power, District leaders went into CYA mode.
Mayor Vince Gray called for a “game-changer” and assembled a 15-member task force to figure out how to move the city’s power lines underground. Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Jack Evans introduced separate proposals [...]

McMillan Development: Underwater Again?

Last week, I reported on the steady progress of plans to redevelop the McMillan Sand Filtration Site on North Capitol Street. After 25 years of battles, the latest plan has the support of key councilmembers and segments of the local public.
But it may have just hit a snag, in the form of water engineering.
Residents of [...]

Power Line Hearing Interrupted by Protesters, Pig

The Mayor's Task Force on Power Line Undergrounding is meeting right now to discuss solutions to the major outages the city has faced recently, in particular—you guessed it—moving power lines underground. A full undergrounding of the city's remaining overhead lines would eliminate most of the storm-related outages, but it would also cost $5.8 billion, according [...]

So Long, Greyhound Bus Terminal. Hello, Neighborhood Development.

The Greyhound Bus Terminal is no more. And no one's shedding any tears over it.
The First Street NE site, as the Post describes, has been home to shootings, fights, and plenty of loitering. It's also an eyesore in a neighborhood that's got its fair share of transit-related eyesores.
The development of NoMa is moving swiftly along, [...]

Morning Links

Mayor Gray and Wells Fargo will announce a homebuyer assistance program today. [DailyFinance]
Anthony Williams says change is OK. [GGW]
Hill East residential building plans turn into retail and offices. [UrbanTurf]
Gray goes green. [DCist]
Bloomingdale residents tackle flooding. [WJLA]
In Logan Circle, a former garage is worth $895k. [UrbanTurf]
The vacant lot at 8th and P NW gets condominiumized. [PoP]
The [...]