Archive for December, 2012

Jack’s Boathouse Space Will Be Open to Bidders

Another day, another Jack's Boathouse update. (Hey, there's not much else going on over the holidays.) Last week came the news that the Georgetown institution was getting the boot from the National Park Service. Yesterday, I added word from NPS that the boathouse would move from a lease to a concession, either going directly to [...]

Norton Calls for a Wee Bit More Power in Congress

That old trope about it being better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? Eleanor Holmes Norton isn't buying it.
The District's non-voting congressional delegate is pushing to get a little bit less non-voting by winning back a right she once had: to vote in the House of Representatives' Committee of [...]

Still Not Much Clarity on Jack’s Boathouse

First, Jack's Boathouse was closing, then it wasn't—maybe. After speaking with Jack's owner Paul Simkin and a National Park Service spokesman, I can say that NPS' intentions are about as clear as the waters of the Potomac.
Simkin says he had three rounds of correspondence with NPS: the initial termination of his lease; an NPS statement [...]

The Plexies: 2012’s Winners and Losers in Real-Estate News


For D.C. development, 2012 was a year of grand plans and lots of waiting. Post-recession construction picked up, with more than 50 cranes getting projects like CityCenterDC and CityMarket at O off the ground and massive redevelopment plans like St. Elizabeths and Walter Reed coming into focus. But without many headline-grabbing ribbon cuttings, the big [...]

Jack’s Boathouse, Dead or Alive (Depending on When You Ask)

The Georgetowner had the sad news last week: The National Park Service was kicking Jack's Boathouse out of its 67-year perch on the Potomac River. The letter from the Park Service informed Jack's owner Paul Simkin that NPS was terminating the boathouse's month-to-month lease, which had been in NPS' hands since the Georgetown waterfront property [...]

A Q&A With AEDC President Stan Jackson on Revitalizing Anacostia—and AEDC

2012's been a big year for Anacostia, but a rough one for the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation. The biggest hit came with AEDC President Butch Hopkins' passing in June, but the neighborhood nonprofit has broader institutional problems. Anacostia residents have frequently criticized AEDC for not getting much done, despite generous public and private funding; its most [...]

Morning Links

NoMa's 1st Street NE comes into its own. [Curbed]
Old City Green will reopen on Rhode Island Avenue NW in March. [Borderstan]
168 bids for a house on 4th Street NE [Post]
D.C.'s hidden gems, sans tourists. [Scout Mob]
Dan Tan talks Federal Triangle South and Hoover Building. [WBJ]
Zoning Commission to consider office building at M and South Capitol [...]

Congress’ Biggest D.C. Advocates Weigh in on Lieberman Bill

With two weeks left in the 112th Congress, retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman surprised the District yesterday by introducing the "New Columbia Admissions Act" to make D.C. the 51st state. The bill—the first D.C. statehood measure introduced in the Senate since 1993—is seen as symbolic, given that no committee hearings have been scheduled on the measure [...]

D.C. Now Bigger Than Vermont, Less Car-Dependent, No More Represented in Congress

Washingtonians, rejoice: In our dream world in which the District is a state, it is now only the third-smallest state!
According to new census figures, D.C. gained 13,303 people between July 2011 and July 2012 to reach a population of 632,323, overtaking Vermont, which lost 581 people to drop to 626,011. Wyoming remained dead last at [...]

Morning Links

41.5 percent of D.C.-area residents will leave town for the holidays. [Post]
Big-spending UDC president ousted. [City Desk]
Speed limits won't go up after all. [WJLA]
D.C. statehood becomes a symbolic gesture. [Post]
9th Street NW is all the rage. [UrbanTurf]
A few ways to make housing more affordable. [GGW]
The Silver Line could make things tougher for Arlington. [Sun Gazette]
A [...]