Archive for October, 2013

D.C. Director of Business Development Decamps for Startup Hub

David Zipper, the District's director of business development and strategy who has overseen a strong push to make the city a major technology center, is leaving the mayor's office to take on a senior role at the startup hub 1776.
Zipper has worked in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development for [...]

H Street NE Business Owners Say Streetcars Won’t Leave Enough Room for Delivery Trucks

Frustrated H Street NE business owners confronted city officials today over what they regard as a major oversight in the planning for the streetcar route along that corridor: the failure to provide adequate space for delivery trucks.
The city's plan for the street involves eight-foot-wide parking spaces between the curb and the path of the streetcar. [...]

Grocery, JBG Collaboration Still on the Table for 965 Florida

Angry neighbors confronted a senior city official and the developers-to-be of a valuable parcel of public land last night over the city's decision this summer to award the site to a team that was not favored by local groups.
Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham presided over the gathering in the back room of Duffy's Irish Pub after [...]

Morning Links

Real estate industry starts to worry about affordable housing shortage. [Post]
Neighbors lose appeal in protest of 5333 Connecticut Ave. project. [WBJ]
Nine ways to craft height limits to D.C.'s advantage. [GGW]
Struggles of Capital Bikeshare's bike maker could hit cities like D.C. [Atlantic Cities]
Expect a Walmart at Skyland Town Center in 2016. [WBJ]
M Street cycletrack delayed over [...]

The Courage of Their Evictions

Deborah Colvin knows a thing or two about the need for Section 8 housing subsidy recipients to be responsible—she used to be one. Now she’s on the other side of the ledger, renting out two apartments in a Quebec Place NW rowhouse to tenants who receive government subsidies through the Section 8 voucher program. And [...]

WMATA Report: Metro Is Undercrowded

In my lengthy defense yesterday of the city's proposed changes to the Height Act, I touched on the question of infrastructure. Critics have charged that allowing taller buildings will require expensive infrastructure upgrades to handle the additional capacity. I countered that our infrastructure is already overtaxed, and that the additional revenue from taller buildings will [...]

Poll: Which Delayed Project Will Open First, the Streetcar or the Silver Line?

The first stretch of the D.C. streetcar was supposed to open this year. So was the first stretch of the Metro Silver Line. Now opening of the streetcar's H Street-Benning Road NE line has been pushed back to early next year, with the District Department of Transportation hoping it'll happen by March. And Metropolitan Washington [...]

Downtown: Built Up, but Not Yet Fully Built Out

D.C.'s downtown has come a long way from the days of vast surface parking lots, and with the big CityCenterDC project nearing completion, it might appear as if downtown is just about at capacity (barring a change to the Height Act, that is). But Rich Bradley, executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement District, says the [...]

Morning Links

The latest addition to D.C.'s streetscape: a statue honoring fire dogs. [Post]
Jazz shortage: First Bohemian Caverns closes, now Blues Alley. [Arts Desk]
The Silver Line's set to open in February. [WTOP]
Douglas Development buys H Street property for conversion to apartments and retail. [Bisnow]
Streetcar on K Street likely to have its own lane. [GGW]
Timing on M, I, [...]

Winter’s Coming. Is the City Ready to Shelter Its Homeless?

Last winter, a woman showed up at the Family Resource Center seeking a place to spend the night. The woman was 23 years old, homeless, and seven months pregnant, and she had spent the previous night on the corner of 7th and H streets NE. Now, the city had issued a hypothermia alert, meaning it [...]