Archive for August, 2013

At Rally to Sway Mayor on Living Wage, Gray Won’t Be in Attendance

As we continue to wait for the D.C. Council to send its living wage bill to Mayor Vince Gray for his signature or veto, supporters of the bill are stepping up their efforts with a rally tonight aimed at showing the mayor the degree of public support for the legislation.
"This platform allows the Mayor, who was invited [...]

Eleanor Holmes Norton to Park Service: Give Us More Frisbee Space!

This spring, ultimate frisbee players in D.C. got in a huff over some trees that got planted in the Ellipse behind the White House, encroaching on their recreational frisbee grounds. They wrote a letter to First Lady Michelle Obama, who didn't respond to them directly—but Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton got some answers. She learned that the National [...]

Five Reasons Not to Love D.C.’s Olympic Bid

If you thought the Nationals Park and D.C. United stadium deals were bad, just wait'll you see what the Olympics would mean for the city.
The nonprofit DC 2024, led by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, announced this morning that it's making a push to bring the Summer Olympics to the capital region in 2024. The [...]

Morning Links

I'm moderating a panel tonight on development in D.C. Join the conversation! [REEL]
Fistfights and hope at the new Cardozo High School. [Post]
The Height Act debate is not alone: Renderings everywhere are distorted to make a point. [NYT]
Biking to Metro has increased by 50 percent over five years, still less than halfway to 2020 goal. [PlanItMetro]
CFA [...]

Back to School With Mayor Gray and Chancellor Henderson

It's 8:15 in the morning, and children are streaming into Powell Elementary School. They return the Spanish-language greetings of Principal Janeece Docal, and gamely give high-fives to the strange, grinning woman with an outstretched palm at the Petworth school's entrance.
The woman is D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, and Powell is her first stop on a [...]

Morning Links

The feds could be stuck paying $48 million in rent for a Buzzard Point building they're not using. [WBJ]
Ward 5 residents: Too many charters already, turn Shaed Elementary into a rec center. [GGW]
Relative to other cities building new soccer stadiums, D.C.'s getting a pretty average deal. [Post]
A profile of Ed Lazere, scourge of city-funded stadiums [Post]
A [...]

Don’t Hold Your Breath for Bulldozers—or Walmart—at Skyland

The D.C. Historic Preservation Office sent out its regular "raze applications" email yesterday afternoon. But this edition of the email was dominated by addresses on Alabama Avenue SE, Good Hope Road SE, and Naylor Road SE—all part of the long-anticipated Skyland Town Center development.
The city selected a team led by the McLean-based Rappaport Companies to [...]

Morning Links

Ralph Nader to D.C.: Fix that pesky Connecticut/Florida intersection. [WTOP]
Much as I might complain about D.C.'s parking minimums, some other cities' are worse. [Atlantic Cities]
Why real estate agents are thriving in the Internet age. [Post]
It'll cost more than $26 million to fix the National Cathedral's earthquake damage. [WJLA]
Union protest of Walmart leads to arrests. [DCist]
When [...]

Behold, the New Chuck Brown Park!

Amid a healthy dose of controversy, Mayor Vince Gray and other city officials celebrated the groundbreaking of Chuck Brown Memorial Park this afternoon—not coincidentally, the late Brown's birthday. The park, located within Langdon Park, will not have a 900-seat amphitheater, as earlier planned. Nor will it have a 200-seat amphitheater, as later amended. In fact, it [...]

If a Church Can Block a Bike Lane, Why Can’t a Strip Club?

The M Street cycletrack is under siege. Last week, I wrote about an M Street church's successful effort to scrap a block of the planned protected bike lane in order to preserve a few curbside parking spaces for churchgoers. The District Department of Transportation's capitulation, I wrote, set a terrible precedent by sending the message [...]