Archive for December, 2013

The Passenger, Other 7th Street Retailers Likely to Be Forced Out by May

A popular cluster of bars, restaurants, and other retailers on 7th Street NW is likely to shut down by May to make way for a coming development project.
Douglas Development is planning a big office building at the corner of 7th Street and New York Avenue that will require the 7th Street retailers to vacate the [...]

Morning Links

The New York subway map, D.C.-ified. [GGW]
How Tennallytown became Tenleytown. [Ghosts of DC]
Decontamination of an Anacostia riverfront development site could cost millions. [WBJ]
Metrobus steps up service on several lines (and cuts service on one). [WMATA]
2013's higher homicide rate, and what Cathy Lanier had to say about it. [DCist]
Transit commuters are about to get screwed. [Atlantic [...]

Big Developments Are Coming to D.C. in 2014. But Who Will Benefit?

Nothing brings a grin to a mayor’s face quite like raising an oversize pair of scissors and cutting a ribbon. All the more so in an election year. While 2014 does portend some potential pitfalls for Vince Gray—look no further than the process to redraw school boundaries for the first time in more than 30 [...]

Submit Questions for the 2014 Answers Issue!

As 2013 draws to a close, the most avid Washington City Paper readers are likely shaking their heads in dismay at all the stuff we missed. Fortunately, there's an outlet for your frustration. The annual Answers Issue is a chance for you to put us to work, assigning us to go out and report on whatever [...]

D.C. Population Boom Continued in 2013

It's the data point at the heart of D.C.'s most passionate debates: How fast is the city growing? Advocates of changes to zoning and the 103-year-old Height Act to allow greater density argue that the city's population is booming, and that we need ways to expand housing and office supply in order to meet growing [...]

Morning Links

A farewell to Nat Gandhi. [Post]
A map of the original landowners in D.C. [Ghosts of DC]
America lags in broadband speed, but D.C.'s faring pretty well. [NYT]
Is it possible for a city to end homelessness? [Atlantic Cities]
Shipping-container architecture comes to D.C. [Post]
Drunk man falls over Metro wall. [WJLA]
Today on the market: "Walking distance to Walmart"—$799,990

Morning Links

The growing debate over taxing biking [AP]
How not to create a more walkable city [NYT]
How not to create a more transit-friendly country [Post]
Film footage of Union Station in 1939. [Ghosts of DC]
Ubertarians aren't really boosting car culture. [Atlantic Cities]
The debt cap looms. [WBJ]
Broad Branch Road plans pit environmentalists against bikers. [Post]
It's been a bad year [...]

Morning Links

D.C. United could be spared taxes in stadium deal. [Post]
Energy Department headed to The Portals in Southwest. [WBJ]
NCPC's plan for overhauling 10th Street SW [SWTLQTC]
Architects weigh in on the Height Act. [GGW]
Jim Graham's not very optimistic about Howard Town Center. [WBJ]
Merry Christmas, Metro, part one: First 7000-series railcar arrives. [GGW]
Merry Christmas, Metro, part two: Hurricane [...]

The Plexies: The Winners and Losers in D.C. Real Estate and Development in 2013

In 2013, D.C. put aside the longstanding question of whether the city would grow and started asking how it should. Do we allow taller buildings to accommodate our population boom? Do we allow additions to short buildings? And, most critically, how can we ensure the city’s growing wealth benefits low-income and homeless residents?
Those were the [...]

Introducing the Ubertarian

Appearing this morning on NewsTalk with Bruce Depuyt to discuss the latest controversy surrounding the car service Uber, my colleague Perry Stein made inadvertent reference to "Ubertarians," before correcting her tongue slip to "libertarian." Her subconscious was onto something. D.C. is home to a growing and curious breed, progressive young professionals who bemoan the city's income inequality one instant and [...]