Archive for December, 2013

MLK Library Overhaul Moves Ahead, With Split-Personality Approach

D.C. Public Library has selected three teams of architects as finalists to design a renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. But when those teams present their designs in February, don't expect any new insight into the shape of the future MLK. Each team is being asked to submit two designs: one for a mixed-use building with [...]

Morning Links

How Metro's loop proposal could be improved to allow easier transfers [GGW]
A thorough analysis of Vincent Orange's superdome/waterpark proposal [Commissioner Brian Flahaven]
A map of where parking tickets have been issued downtown [DDOT]
Union Market developer lands $1.5 billion investment. [Post]
Why D.C. should take a shared-equity approach to affordable housing [GGW]
Law firm seeks competitive advantage by escaping downtown. [...]

Four Potential Futures of the Gateway to Mount Vernon Triangle

At the corner of 5th and I streets NW sits a vacant lot that will soon be transformed into what's been called the "gateway" to the Mount Vernon Triangle Neighborhood. Last night, neighbors packed into the trailer that serves as the Mount Vernon Community Improvement District offices and caught a glimpse of the future of [...]

After a Rough Year for Howard, a Rare Reprieve

The year 2013 has not been kind to Howard University. As I laid out in this week's paper, the 2013 Encyclopedia of D.C., Howard has jumped from one disaster to another: a letter from a university trustee warning that the school was “in genuine trouble” and “will not be here in three years if we don’t [...]

Morning Links

Watch D.C.'s share of the region's population collapse over the decades. [R.U. Seriousing Me?]
Gallaudet snubs Union Market developer for campus-adjacent project. [Post]
Housing has been getting more expensive relative to income for 200 years. [Slate]
D.C. is the fifth-best city in America. Period. [Movoto]
JBG drops $17 million on a site by Nationals Park. [Bisnow]
A refutation of Richard Florida's [...]

Workers’ Advocates Win the Minimum-Wage War After Losing a Battle

It's been a roller-coaster year for advocates of a higher minimum wage in the District. In June, the D.C. Council passed the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have required stores with more than 75,000 square feet and parent companies that gross at least $1 billion per year to pay a "living wage" of $12.50 an [...]

We Need More Housing. Lots More Housing.

We constantly hear about D.C.'s population growth—more than 1,000 new residents per month, as Gray administration officials are fond of reminding us—and the resulting threat to housing affordability. But what tends to get overlooked is the sheer challenge of actually building enough housing to accommodate all those new people over the next few decades.
A paper [...]

Morning Links

A modest but attractive redesign of the Metro map [Behance]
Georgetown condo sells for a record $5.2 million. [WBJ]
Jim Graham is treating the Reeves Center "like a building he can personally construct with Legos." [Blade]
Why is the northern segment of the Metropolitan Branch Trail taking so long? [WAMU]
JBG's planning a big project for Dupont. [WBJ]
CBS is [...]

Mapping D.C.’s Extraordinary Demographic Changes

Last week I presented a few charts and maps of the demographic changes the District has experienced, courtesy of a project by the Urban Institute. Now, using a new tool from the U.S. Census Bureau, I've been able to create some additional maps that show just how much the city has been transformed over the [...]

D.C. Public Schools: Officially Better Than Fresno

Good news on the schools front: Mayor Vince Gray and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced today that DCPS experienced a bigger jump in its test scores this year than any other urban district in the country. D.C. students' gains between 2011 and 2013 on the Trial Urban District Assessment, Gray and Henderson touted in a [...]