Archive for January, 2013

Smoggy Awards: D.C.’s Highest-Emitting Public Facilities

It's the moment you've been waiting for: The Department of General Services and Department of the Environment have released their annual benchmarking survey of public buildings for fiscal year 2012. The Washington Business Journal has the news; I'll supplement it with a rundown of the highest carbon dioxide-emitting city-owned facilities. So, without further ado, the [...]

Jack’s Boathouse Takes Park Service, D.C. to Court

The lawyer for Georgetown waterfront institution Jack's Boathouse has just filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a ruling against and injunctive relief from eviction efforts by the National Park Service, as well as damages.
The complaint, on behalf of Jack's Canoes and Kayaks LLC, names as defendants NPS, the [...]

Morning Links

City issues call for Walter Reed master developer. [WBJ]
Fratty bar building in Dupont alley to become single-family house. [UrbanTurf]
Condos coming to former auto repair shop space on Park Road NW. [Park View DC]
Renderings of the firehouse/hotel coming to E Street SW. [Southwest TLQTC]
Ceremonial work begins where actual work was already underway at Fort Totten Walmart. [...]

You Don’t Know Jack’s

It’s winter at Jack’s Boathouse. There are no customers stepping gingerly into rocking canoes, no seasonal workers grabbing paddles from the rack, no lingering scent of sunscreen and bug spray. A chain blocks off the parking lot, and the 130-foot main dock is hibernating at its off-season home near the Pentagon.
This would normally be the [...]

Tech Hub 1776 Aims to Revolutionize D.C.’s Startup Scene

Here's some news that's bound to be met with lavish praise from city officials seeking to turn D.C. into the East Coast's biggest tech hub: Next week will mark the official launch of a new startup center with grand ambitions to bring together D.C.'s power players and entrepreneurs.
Co-founders Evan Burfield of Startup D.C. and Donna Harris [...]

How Did D.C.’s Public Libraries Shed 1.5 Million Books?

After I reported yesterday that the number of books in D.C.'s public library system had declined from 2,242,514 in 2010 to 1,466,010 in 2012, several of you wrote in to express your incredulity at the sharp drop. In fact, if you go back a little further, the decline is even steeper: In 2007, DCPL reported [...]

Morning Links

At-large Council candidates on how to channel D.C.'s population growth. [Let's Choose DC]
Vince Gray says Ray LaHood will be missed as transportation secretary, hopes for Ray LaHood Two. [Post]
Here are five ways in which Ray LaHood Two is needed. [Atlantic Cities]
A look at the progress at The Yards. [JDLand]
D.C. should be spending its budget surplus [...]

The State of the District, in Numbers

Much has been made of the District's $400 million surplus in fiscal year 2012, which could add fuel to arguments in favor of capping property tax hikes and further lowering speed camera fines. But the new Comprehensive Annual Financial Report contains more than just budget details; here's a numerical breakdown of a few truly important [...]

Morning Links

D.C.'s most expensive house on the market [UrbanTurf]
The important stuff in Metro's modernization plan [GGW]
The Yards' Twelve12, aka Harris Teeter building, moves forward. [WBJ]
In up-and-coming zip code 20011, prices have dropped considerably since 2007. [UrbanTurf]
Muriel Bowser, Vince Gray clash at affordable housing rally. [GGW]
What we can learn from what Minneapolis learned from studying bike crashes [...]

Jack’s Boathouse Will Take Park Service to Court

Jack's Boathouse, the popular Georgetown boating establishment facing eviction as early as next month, will file a complaint with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia this week to prevent the National Park Service from moving forward with its process to establish a new concession for the site.
The move comes after the [...]