Archive for February, 2013

D.C. Actually Doing Pretty Well on Food Access

Fifteen percent of Washingtonians couldn't afford to buy enough food at some point last year. That's the figure reported in a study released today by the Food Research and Action Center, using data from a Gallup survey. FRAC's press release highlights the unacceptably high number of people who are unable to buy the food they [...]

Morning Links

13th and U apartment building gets smaller without getting smaller. [GGW]
These condos are coming around the corner. [PoP]
A big H Street NE residential building gets yanked. [UrbanTurf]
D.C. can't get its street signs right. [DCist]
Loudoun makes its pitch for the FBI. [WBJ]
Fire-damaged shell in Trinidad sells for $340k. [ToT]
D.C.'s ranked as the lowly fifth-best U.S. city [...]

Off the Books

The boy on the bicycle flashes a big grin as he rides into the atrium of the Mount Pleasant Library. His father collects the bike and carries it upstairs as the child climbs the steep steps, and the two of them enter the main room on the second floor, joining a group of nervous 4-year-olds [...]

Busboys Comes to Takoma. Brookland May Be Next. Could Anacostia Follow?

Jonathan O'Connell reports that the Busboys and Poets empire is expanding. Owner Andy Shallal has signed a lease to open the fifth Busboys in Takoma. The 6,500-square-foot restaurant/bookstore/cafe will be in a mixed-use building at the corner of Carroll and Maple streets NW that's currently under construction. Shallal expects it to open in the spring [...]

Morning Links

Douglas Development's Wonder Bread factory loses its lead tenant. [Post]
DMPED narrows down Parcel 42 developers to three contenders. [UrbanTurf]
At-large Council candidates weigh in on school truancy. [GGW]
Penn Quarter's got a new high-profile resident: Sen. Elizabeth Warren. [Post]
The Smithsonian hires an architect to redesign its historic campus. [WBJ]
GGW weighs in on a huge proposed Van Ness [...]

Exorbitant House of the Week, Treehouse Edition

It's every child's dream: a treehouse with a swimming pool, sauna, secret passageway, and lots of space to play. So expect some well-heeled kid to come along and drop $2,495,900 on this Palisades palace. It's a good bit more than the $1,640,300 the place was assessed at last year, and it tops the $2,080,000 it [...]

Two Developers Bid on Florida Ave. NW Parcel

Back in November, officials from the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development walked developers around a valuable plot of land at the intersection of Florida and Sherman avenues NW. The property at 965 Florida Ave. NW—obtained by the city through a swap with Howard University that gave Howard the land it's now [...]

Morning Links

Brutalist downtown church to become offices. [WBJ]
Septima Clark Public Charter will close. [WJLA]
Congress will investigate federal government real estate management. [WBJ]
Maps of D.C. by tree species [Flickr]
... by Metro stations and zoning [asalzberg]
... and as seen from outer space. [DCist]
America has a rental housing shortage for rich and poor alike. [Atlantic Cities]
Dupont mansion to become [...]

Behold, New Streetcar Barn Renderings!

Speaking of things Ward 5 is looking to get rid of: On Thursday, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts reviewed new plans for the proposed streetcar barn on the campus of the soon-to-close-for-renovations Spingarn High School. Which means we get to take a look at some new renderings.
The District Department of Transportation's original design was [...]

Ivy City Bus Lot Opponents Get a Gift: Alternatives

Ivy City residents have been fighting the city's plans to put a tour bus depot in their neighborhood with all they've got. In December, they won a temporary injunction from a judge against placing the depot on the lot of the defunct Alexander Crummell School until certain conditions were met. But in their struggle, they've [...]