Archive for September, 2012

Are Richer Areas Greener? Not Necessarily.

This morning, Greater Greater Washington linked to an interesting post on Per Square Mile claiming that income inequality can be viewed from space. The difference, the post argues persuasively, is tree cover: Wealthy neighborhoods have lots of it, and poor neighborhoods don't. There follow comparative satellite photos from various cities: a brown Rio favela alongside [...]

Morning Links

DDOT revamps the chaotic intersection by the 9:30 Club. [GGW]
The housing market takes a big step toward normal. [TruliaTrends]
JBG hopes to replace 13th and U streets NW Rite Aid with eight-story mixed-use building. [WBJ]
Looking back at D.C.'s turnaround. [Post]
Va. Gov. McDonnell says his state may chip in for longer Metro hours post-Nats games. [Examiner]
D.C. 1, [...]

City Amends Rules for Charters to Take Over Vacant Schools

Back in June, Lydia wrote about D.C. charter schools' struggle to find classroom space. On the surface, conditions seemed favorable: Former Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration had closed 23 public schools, leaving what ought to have been ideal buildings for the charter schools to move into. But the byzantine process for procuring those buildings left the [...]

Catholic Takes the Lead on Solar

Frustrated solar power advocates in the District should give thanks to Catholic University.
The region that includes D.C. derives just 1.7 percent of its electricity from renewable sources (excluding hydro), less than half the national average, according to the EPA:

But on Friday, Catholic unveiled more than 700 new solar panels. With more than 2,600 panels in [...]

A Virtual Tour of Petworth’s Abandoned Hebrew Home

Adorned with timeworn stars of David and located a stone's throw from the crush of new restaurants and bars on 11th Street NW, the hulking, abandoned old Hebrew Home for the Aged looks out of place at 1125 Spring Road NW, on the Petworth-Columbia Heights border. Closer inspection doesn't yield many clues: The front doors [...]

Morning Links

The Reflecting Pool algae are back. [WJLA]
D.C.'s less poor than it used to be. Oh, the horror! [NY Times]
What D.C. can learn from Bogotá. [Washington Times]
Jack Evans puts the odds of a commuter tax at "two percent, and that might be generous." [Examiner]
The Trumps tap a Bethesda firm to choose restaurants for their Old Post [...]

Extra Park Space for McMillan? Not in My Reservoir

In response to my post yesterday on the controversy over the development of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, a number of readers commented that the community desire for additional park space could be satisfied by incorporating a portion of the McMillan reservoir area across First Street NW. The reservoir and its surrounding green space are [...]

Morning Links

America's cities see rising inequality. [Atlantic Cities]
Metro's SmarTrip rollout is delayed. [Post]
And Metro's intentional delays make no sense. [GGW]
D.C. jail workers say layoffs endanger their safety. [Washington Times]
Spiffy new affordable housing hits Georgia Ave. NW [DC Mud]
Fourteen D.C.-area billionaires make the Forbes 400; only one lives in the District. [CityBizList]
The Queen of Sweden checks up [...]

D.C.’s Biggest Development Project: Gone Today, Here Tomorrow?

Twenty-five years ago, the D.C. government paid $9.3 million for a 25-acre site along North Capitol Street that it hoped to develop into a mixed-use community. And for a quarter century, the McMillan Sand Filtration Site has sat fenced off and vacant, a waste of valuable space that leaves most passersby wondering about the vaguely [...]

Morning Links

Behold, the MLK Library of the future! (Maybe.) [Post]
Jesse Jackson Jr.'s selling his D.C. home to pay medical bills. [Chicago Tribune]
Can a bus garage be a historic landmark? [GGW]
H Street NE's streetcar-fueled development continues apace. [WBJ]
Get ready for self-driving cars, says Mary Cheh. [DCist]
Wish Capital Bikeshare a happy birthday! [Washcycle]
Here's what the Eisenhower Memorial might [...]