Archive for October, 2013

Yes, D.C.’s Getting Whiter, But It’s Getting More Hispanic Faster

It's no secret that the District is getting whiter and less black. The city lost 3.3 percent of its black population from 2007 to 2012, according to a new analysis from the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. At the same time, its white population increased by 17.2 percent.
But in the same time [...]

The Main Arguments Against Changing the Height Act, and Why They’re Wrong

Opponents of the city's proposed changes to Congress' 103-year-old Height of Buildings Act came out in full force to a D.C. Council hearing yesterday to lay out their arguments for preserving the law that caps the verticality of D.C.'s skyline. Their points were manifold, and often intelligently thought out and presented. But there were a [...]

Morning Links

D.C. has the second-most non-car commuters in America, and the most bike commuters in the Northeast. [Atlantic Cities]
Historic Preservation Office likes revised McMillan plans much better. [WBJ]
The most expensive properties in the Congress Heights area would be among the cheapest in parts of Northwest. [CHOTR]
Elsewhere in the region, million-dollar sales are up. [WBJ]
A few more [...]

Reopened Uniontown Bar Among Recipients of $2.1 Million in City Grants

The District has awarded grants totaling $2.1 million to 29 D.C. small businesses, Mayor Vince Gray and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins announced this afternoon.
Grants of up to $85,000 were available, according to the website of the Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Program, whose aim is to “stimulate small business creation, expansion, [...]

City Kicks Off Process to Redraw School Boundaries

Thought the Height Act was contentious? Try telling parents where they can send their kids to school.
Today, the city kicked off a process to reconsider public school boundaries and feeder patterns across the District. According to the mayor's office, it'll be the first comprehensive review of the city's student assignment policies in more than 30 [...]

Height Act Changes Get Slammed at Council Hearing

D.C. Planning Director Harriet Tregoning paid a five-hour visit to the D.C. Council today to lay out the rationale for the major changes to the Height Act her office has suggested—and to bear witness to overwhelming opposition to her proposal from the members of the public who testified at the hearing.
Tregoning pointed to the city's current and [...]

Morning Links

With the D.C. United stadium coming, here are Buzzard Point sites that could see development action. [SWTLQTC]
HQ of Jeff Thompson's former health care company will become a hotel. [WBJ]
HPRB approves wacky 14th and Wallach development; here are renderings. [UrbanTurf]
Kaya Henderson's puzzling idea to consolidate all AP classes in one school. [GGW]
Another group lines up against the [...]

Neighbors Still Seeking Answers on City’s 965 Florida Ave. Decision

When the city announced its decision to award valuable city-owned land to an underdog developer in late July, neighbors and local elected officials demanded a full explanation of the surprising move. Nearly three months later, they're still waiting for answers.
The JBG Companies were thought to have the leg up in the competition to develop the [...]

City Opens Shaed, Shadd, and Sharpe Schools to Charters

In an unusually alliterative move, the city is making three former school buildings available to new charter school tenants.
Yesterday, the Department of General Services released solicitations for two school buildings: Shadd Elementary School at 5601 East Capitol Street SE, which closed in 2011 and has since been occupied by the University of the District of Columbia [...]

Morning Links

Storey Park, with elevated public park, will replace Greyhound bus terminal. [Elevation DC]
Hampton Inn coming to Capitol Riverfront. [JDLand]
Details of SOME's Benning Road project. [WBJ]
Burnt-out Frager's will open temporary location next month. [Hill Rag]
Retail rumors for CityCenterDC include Uniqlo, Gucci. [PoPville]
A nice wish-list proposal: mosaics for Metro stations. [GGW]
Cab drivers to boost political voice by [...]