Archive for October, 2012

Righteous Incubation

The Hive II doesn’t open until Nov. 15, but it’s already buzzing. Contractors stroll the halls, putting the finishing touches on the shared workspace and business incubator. Members of ARCH Development Corporation, the nonprofit behind the project, poke their heads out of the space’s private offices. A pink Buddha bust stares expectantly out into one [...]

A Pipe Dream for the Tube

The District's giddiness at having survived Sandy still buzzing through my head, I can't help but dream a bit. A nerdy, transit-related dream, of course.
Let's start with a little history*. Way back when the Metro itself was still a dream, Congress passed, and President Lyndon Johnson signed, a bill to authorize a 25-mile rapid transit [...]

Morning Links

Got Sandy damage? Here's what you need to know. [UrbanTurf]
Sandy throws a wrench in home buying. [Post]
When it rains on D.C., where's all the water go? A cartoon explainer. [GGW]
What happens to all the rats when subway tunnels flood? [NY Mag]
Fort Myer wants city money for finishing a job early, despite having finished it late. [...]

Sorry, Bloomingdale. You’re Not Out of the Water Yet.

Residents of Bloomingdale: Don't start celebrating just yet. You may have emerged from Hurricane Sandy unscathed, but that doesn't mean your flooding problems are solved.
The storm's minimal impact on Bloomingdale was, according to DC Water's Alan Heymann, "a question of mathematics," not a reflection of a fix to the neighborhood's chronic flooding issue.
"We got a [...]

Another Sandy Success Story: Bloomingdale

Bloomingdale has been rocked by floods just about every time the city's gotten more than a sprinkle of rain this year. In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie pushed the city to reup its efforts to prevent flooding in the Northwest neighborhood. McDuffie's chief of staff, Corey Griffin, predicted that Bloomingdale residents [...]

Props to Pepco (!)

Pepco has taken a lot of heat for its performance in recent years, particularly following this summer's derecho—but so far, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it looks like Pepco customers are holding up pretty well. Let's do a quick comparison of a few of the power companies in the region after the derecho and [...]

Morning Links

As of 7 a.m., 335,763 D.C.-area homes and businesses are without power. [WTOP]
Everything is still closed. [CityDesk]
Georgetown today vs. Georgetown in 1918. [@SegravesWTOP, Georgetown Metropolitan]
In a hurricane, cranes become weather vanes. [DCist]
Looking back at ideas that might have stemmed the tide in Manhattan. [Atlantic Cities]
D.C.'s houseboat dwellers have it tough in a hurricane. [DCist]
A brief [...]

Another Casualty of Sandy: Tenant Protest Against Alleged Discrimination

Hurricane Sandy claims another victim: a protest by Latino tenants of 1111 Massachusetts Ave. NW against alleged abuses at the building, owned by Jair Lynch Development Partners.
Tenants of the building accuse the building's managers, the Kettler Management Company, of waging a deliberate campaign against Spanish-speaking Latino residents, with the goal of forcing them out in [...]

Morning Links

Everything is closed today. [CityDesk, ArtsDesk]
In fact, it's the biggest public transit shutdown in U.S. history. [Atlantic Cities]
Tysons rallies to save its last sliver of green space. [Post]
Holy shit the election is eight days away. Here's who a few smart growthers endorse. [GGW]
Post-TOPA, Kalorama building hits the market. [UrbanTurf]
Six developers vie for empty lot at [...]

Q&A: Michael Brown Defends His Record on Housing and Development

Last week, I sat down with David Grosso, who's challenging Michael Brown for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, to talk about housing and development. This week, I spoke with Brown, who chairs the Committee on Economic Development and Housing, to get his thoughts on the issues, the race, and, yes, weed. Here's what [...]