Archive for March, 2013

Morning Links

Either Maryland drivers are awful, or high fines deter speeding. (Or both.) [DCist]
It's hard to tell, what with all the media and AAA obfuscation. [GGW]
Could we get bike lanes down the middle of Connecticut Avenue? [WashCycle]
Rendering of an upcoming Florida Avenue NW condo building. [UrbanTurf]
Why liquor license moratoriums are bad for neighborhoods. [Slate]
D.C. zip codes [...]

How Big Is a $100 Million Affordable Housing Boost? It’s All Relative.

As regular readers of this blog well know, Mayor Vince Gray has pledged a one-time, $100 million investment in affordable housing. If that sounds like a lot of money, well, it is. While it's nowhere near enough to meet Gray's goal of constructing and preserving 10,000 new affordable housing units, Gray also scoffed, with reason, [...]

Morning Links

The D.C. Council shouldn't override zoning rules for the Anacostia Playhouse but could tinker with tax lots. [GGW]
Foreclosures are falling in the District. [UrbanTurf]
Good design should be the top priority for the Hoover Building's replacement. [Post]
Apparently we have the sixth-best budget in the country. [Examiner]
That was fast: The housing bubble alarm's already being sounded. [Forbes]
Muriel [...]

Morning Links

Homeless teens are feeling city budget cuts. [WJLA]
Chuck Brown memorial park design gets tweaked. [RIA Insider]
Naylor Court could get a five-story apartment building. [UrbanTurf]
Serena Williams beats the traffic to a match by riding a bike. [Post]
Eight injured as cop car hits Metrobus. [WJLA]
A few extra details on the latest McMillan plans. [bloomingdale]
London biking group designs [...]

Can D.C. Council Legally Allow Construction Without a Permit?

D.C. Councilmembers Tommy Wells and Marion Barry have been working to allow construction on the Anacostia Playhouse to move forward, even though it hasn't received a building permit due to parking issues. In short, the issue is that the theater doesn't have the on-site parking required by the city's zoning regulations, so it's applying for [...]

Truism of the Day: People Like to Live Near Transit

The thesis is self-evident enough that it hardly merits a study, but the American Public Transportation Association has gone ahead and proven it anyway: People want to live near public transit and will pay extra to do so.
The APTA study, released yesterday, finds that residential real estate in "transit sheds" in five study regions outperformed [...]

Morning Links

ANC committee votes against liquor license moratorium [Borderstan]
City regulators take aim at a Columbia Heights eyesore [New Columbia Heights]
The first three medical marijuana dispensaries should open next month. [Examiner]
One of them's already gotten some attention from congressmen. [National Journal]
A few homes recently bought and sold that you can't afford [Washingtonian]
Oh, and one more: Tim Geithner's [...]

You Won’t Believe the Stupidity of the Latest Attack on D.C.

Washingtonians, we have a savior in our midst! If only our repellent, socialist politicians wouldn't get in its way.
That's the basic gist of a patronizing op-ed that just appeared on Forbes' website, under the headline "You Won't Believe the Stupidity of the Latest Attack On Walmart." The piece centers on the legislation proposed by D.C. [...]

Morning Links

Surprise! Most people like having new restaurants and bars in their neighborhood. [Borderstan]
New regulations could suffocate D.C.'s food trucks. [Y&H]
A map of the District's cranes. [Park View DC]
The area south of Logan Circle is the densest in the District. [GGW]
Pretty much no one saw the housing boom coming. [New York Times]
Eleanor Holmes Norton is opening [...]

Nine Developers Interested in Overhauling Walter Reed

One of the District's vaunted mega-development projects took a step forward this afternoon with the announcement that nine developers responded to the request for qualifications for the Walter Reed campus overhaul.
The list features some of the city's usual big players, including two currently undertaking other large redevelopment projects: Hines, which is completing CityCenterDC downtown, and [...]