Archive for January, 2014

Affordable Housing Could Be the Big Winner in D.C.’s Budget Boom

Once again, we're rich. The D.C. government will post a $321 million surplus for the 2013 fiscal year, the city's third consecutive budget surplus, new Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt announced today. And if we keep it up, the biggest beneficiary will be affordable housing.
Mayor Vince Gray and Councilmembers Phil Mendelson and Kenyan McDuffie worked out a system for spending surplus funds [...]

D.C. Seeks Firm to Design, Build, Operate “Integrated Premium Transit System”

When streetcars begin carrying passengers down H Street NE sometime in the next few months, they'll usher in not just the revival of a transportation technology that's been extinct in the District since 1962, but also the first step in D.C.'s "Integrated Premium Transit system."
Today, the District Department of Transportation issued a solicitation for firms [...]

Vendors Score Free Rent at St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion

Vendors at the St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion have scored what most of D.C.'s retail tenants can only dream of: free rent.
But the deal seems a little bit less sweet if you consider the rent the city was initially planning to charge them, just $1 a month.
The Gateway Pavilion opened in the fall as a way [...]

Morning Links

Campaign launches to end chronic homelessness. [DCist]
Georgetown fleshes out some of its wish-list items. [GGW]
Vincent Orange: Good riddance, New York Avenue Walmart. Bring on the soundstage. [WBJ]
So long, homeownership rate. Hello, headship rate. [NYT]
The proposals for Eastern Market plaza, including a mini Capitol Hill. [GGW]
Clarifying the city's approach to middle schools: If you can't beat [...]

Walter Reed Moves One Step Closer to Development

Don't expect to see cranes looming over Georgia Avenue anytime soon, but the city moved one step closer today to acquiring and redeveloping the sprawling Walter Reed site.
Although the city has already selected a team to develop the 67-acre site between 16th Street NW and Georgia Avenue into a mixed-use campus, Walter Reed doesn't actually [...]

Ten Charts That Explain D.C.’s School Problems

This week's cover story looks at the challenges facing Roosevelt High School, a school that by some measures is among the lowest performing in the District, yet whose surrounding neighborhood is by some measures the fastest gentrifying. The question is whether Roosevelt can ride Petworth's rising fortunes and attract its young families to a school [...]

D.C.’s Most and Least Expensive Neighborhoods for Renters

We're constantly flooded with real estate information about which neighborhoods are hot, with home prices leaping by double-digit percentages over the year or even month prior. But in a city in which most people are renters, sale prices tell only part of the story. Thanks to the real estate website Trulia, we now have a [...]

Morning Links

Can a booming Petworth help revive a foundering Roosevelt High School? [WCP]
Republicans are not happy about the pricey proposed renovation to the CFPB building. [WBJ]
The housing market doesn't look very bubbly. [Atlantic Cities]
Parking meters on the Mall will fund new Circulator route. [GGW]
D.C. launches job training program. [WJLA]
H Street is not the Williamsburg of D.C. [...]

Head of Feds’ Public Buildings Steps Down

Dorothy Robyn, who oversees the federal government's buildings as the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Services, will step down in March amid a difficult budget environment, the agency announced this morning.
The GSA's image has certainly improved since the fallout of the revelations of a lavish Las Vegas party in 2010, but the agency [...]

Morning Links

Embassy of Oman drops $16.5 million on old charter school building. [WBJ]
The Smithsonian Arts and Industries building won't reopen after all. [Arts Desk]
The D.C. area tops the list of political giving, by a wide margin. [NerdWallet]
But we're only number four in public transit, well behind Boston. [Walk Score]
People use Capital Bikeshare most when it's hot [...]