Archive for September, 2013

In a Shutdown, Housing Authority Will Remain Operational…for 30 Days

The shutdown clock is at T-minus eight hours, and counting. The District plans to continue paying for its operations out of its contingency fund, and Congress seems inclined to let it. But what of D.C. functions whose funding source is the federal government itself—say, the D.C. Housing Authority?
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, [...]

D.C.’s Best Friend in Congress Comes to the Rescue Again

With the federal government 13 hours from shutting down and D.C. leaders pledging to keep the city running as normal, the question hanging in the air has been how, exactly, the feds will respond to this small act of defiance. The semi-autonomous District generally can't spend money without a congressional appropriation, so theoretically all nonessential [...]

Morning Links

The aesthete's case for a very modest change to the Height Act. [Post]
Howard reverses its enrollment decline. [AP]
Today's the last day of the National Aquarium. [WJLA]
Today's the first day of the 1st Street NE improvement process. [Hill Rag]
Get ready for more conferences. [Post]
Muriel Bowser caught parking illegally in Petworth. [New Columbia Heights]
Details on the residential [...]

City Issues More Detailed Solicitation for Chuck Brown Park

Last month, the city settled on a conceptual design for the Chuck Brown Memorial Park in the Langdon neighborhood. The park, officials determined with the help of a design from the firm Marshall Moya, will not feature a large amphitheater, as earlier plans called for, or even the existing small amphitheater. Instead, there will be [...]

Morning Links

Meet our new CFO. [LL]
D.C.'s office market doesn't look so hot, shutdown or not. [WBJ]
A tour of an abandoned Catholic school in Anacostia. [GGW]
Traffic deaths have nearly doubled from last year. [DCist]
When pop-ups don't pop. [Y&H]
Like the Mall turf? Thank John Deere. [AP]
Cab drivers aren't happy about the deadline to install credit card readers. [WJLA]
Bike [...]

Fundrise Involved in Effort to Bring Politics & Prose to Georgetown

Earlier this month, Washingtonian reported that Politics & Prose, the current events-focused independent bookstore on Connecticut Avenue, is considering opening a second location in Georgetown. Now, an LLC filing hints at one of the parties involved in the potential deal: the crowd-funding real estate company Fundrise.
On Sept. 17, Fundrise co-founder Daniel Miller registered the Fundrise Politics & [...]

Morning Links

An eviction battle at a storied Mount Pleasant collective is coming to a head. [WCP]
D.C. Council has concerns about D.C. United stadium deal. [Post]
Don't be alarmed if you see half-naked pythonlike women in Farragut Square today. [DCist]
11th Street Diamond Cab building to become residential/retail. [UrbanTurf]
Five other acts of defiance to make D.C. a better city. [...]

Overextended Stay

On Sept. 3, Sharde Wright came home to her room at the Days Inn on New York Avenue NE to find a letter on her door. Wright, 28, and her three children—she’s seven months pregnant with her fourth—have been living at the hotel since July. They’re one of 51 homeless families the city is putting [...]

D.C., Akridge Hammer Out Details for D.C. United Stadium Land Swap

The city is planning a series of major land swaps to obtain the property needed to build a D.C. United stadium on Buzzard Point. But as I've reported before, the most talked-about of those land swaps is very uneven. In it, the city will give up the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and [...]

Morning Links

The city's Height Act proposal doesn't go far enough. [Slate]
Thoughts on the MLK Library redesign. [RPitUS]
A soundtrack for the government shutdown [City Desk]
Understaffed DMV is canceling road tests—before the shutdown. [WJLA]
A broad look at inclusionary zoning [GGW]
Marines explore options for new barracks. [WBJ]
The key to successful transit-oriented development. (Hint: It's not the transit.) [Atlantic Cities]
Sure, [...]