Archive for March, 2013

D.C.’s Convention Center, Then and Now

This evening, Mayor Vince Gray and other city officials will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Its predecessor, the similarly named Washington Convention Center, occupied the space between H Street and New York Avenue NW that later became a parking lot, bus pickup location, and trapeze school, and is now [...]

Metro Takes a Step Toward Development Around 11 Stations

Metro gave a boost to the region's transit-oriented development this morning with a unanimous committee vote to seek to develop land around 11 Metro stations.
The parcels include three in Virginia, four in Maryland, and four in the District: 6.5 acres at the Anacostia station, 4.6 acres at Fort Totten, 5.4 acres at Brookland, and the [...]

Morning Links

Weigh in on Metro's new Silver Line map. [Mindmixer]
Preservation's problems go well beyond perception. [GGW]
Here's what D.C. would look like under Nicolae Ceauşescu. [Atlantic Cities]
The National Mall will take a hit from sequestration. [WJLA]
There's a modest correlation between school walkability and performance. [GGW]
Condos in D.C. are 9.2 percent more expensive than a year ago. [WBJ]
Bill in [...]

Height Made Right

The people who ponder the physical state of the District have been asking whether the city’s height limits should be abolished for so long that the obvious followup question has basically been ignored. What if, instead of wondering if the Height Act should be repealed, D.C. looked ahead to how things would look once it [...]

Maryland and Virginia Congressmen Play Tug of War Over FBI HQ

The debate over whether the FBI should move to a new location in the District upon departure from its obsolete headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue NW is murky. But bring suburban jurisdictions into the fray and it becomes a free-for-all.
Five regional representatives testifying before a congressional subcommittee this morning on the relocation of the FBI delivered [...]

Morning Links

Following drive-by, Tommy Wells wants to close NoMa nightclubs. [WTOP]
NCPC continues to learn from London, with a lecture today on going green. [NCPC]
New apartments and a restaurant coming to Bloomingdale? [PoP]
KIPP proposes new school in Southwest. [Post]
Here's what the at-large Council candidates say about the zoning rewrite. [Let's Choose DC]
DOT looks into whether it's paying [...]

Richard Levy, Four Seasons Residences Win Georgetown Plant Auction

As the General Services Administration conducted an online auction to sell off Georgetown's West Heating Plant, there were two parallel contests taking place: one among the developers seeking to buy the plant, and the other among the rest of us, seeking to figure out who the anonymous bidders were.
The first contest wrapped up when the [...]

Progressive Coalition to Gray: We’ll See Your Vague Housing Plan and Raise You a Few Specifics

Last month, Mayor Vince Gray committed $100 million to affordable housing but offered no real details as to how that money would be spent. This morning, with Gray presiding, the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force delivered its long-anticipated report that lays out broad goals for housing in the city, but again has few specifics when [...]

Gray, Task Force Unveil Proposals for Affordable Housing

Ten by 20. That's the most ambitious goal laid out by the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force, whose report was unveiled this morning at a press conference by task force members and Mayor Vince Gray.
The "10 by 20" proposal—meaning 10,000 new affordable housing units by 2020—is joined by two other main strategic goals: preserving 8,000 [...]

Morning Links

Drive-by forces NoMa BID to defend neighborhood's safety. [WBJ]
Metro's hoping to let people pay fare directly with credit cards, smartphones. [Examiner]
Pepco wants a $52 million rate increase. [DCist]
Your water might taste and smell funky starting next week. [New Columbia Heights]
In 1903, D.C. had nine automobile merchants but 64 for "bicycles and sundries." [WashCycle]
EastBanc buys Georgetown [...]