Archive for February, 2014

D.C. Plans Tech Corridor From Downtown to Petworth

The administration of Mayor Vince Gray is planning to establish a "technology corridor" stretching from 7th Street and New York Avenue NW to Georgia Avenue and Kansas Avenue NW as part of a new "Digital DC" initiative.
The plan, first reported by the Washington Business Journal, includes a venture fund to provide training and resources to early-stage [...]

Morning Links

Developers need retailers more than retailers need developers. [ElevationDC]
It's no superdome, but a new indoor ice rink is on the way. [WBJ]
Proposed project would bring 270 market-rate and 96 affordable units to U Street. [District Source]
"The Island," Twining City, and other D.C. neighborhoods from a 1937 map. [Ghosts of DC]
Burnt Dupont church could become housing, [...]

Down on the Corner

Regular readers of this blog are well aware that there's an update to the D.C. zoning code underway—and that not everyone's happy about it. Nowhere is dissatisfaction with the proposed changes more concentrated than in and around the Upper Northwest neighborhood of Chevy Chase. Three elements of the proposal have aroused particular opposition: the reduction [...]

Morning Links

Everything you always wanted to know about corner stores (but never thought to ask). [WCP]
Buying is still cheaper than renting in D.C., but the gap is narrowing. [UrbanTurf]
An express bus for all of Rhode Island Avenue? [GGW]
D.C.'s the top city for both wealthy millennials and wealthy boomers. [DCist]
Slightly less wealthy millennials will drive demand for [...]

Metro’s Rich! Or At Least $75 Million Richer

Metro's short-term plans may not be quite as ambitious as some discarded longer-term ideas—au revoir, Brown Line—but they still do require money. And with federal funding dwindling, it hasn't been entirely clear where that money will come from.
Enter Vince Gray, Martin O'Malley, and Terry McAuliffe. The D.C. mayor and the Democratic governors of Maryland and Virginia emerged today [...]

Petworth Is the Big Winner as Gray Shuffles School Funds

In a cover story last month, I dove into the problems and promise of two schools in Petworth, one of the city's fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods: Roosevelt High School, which has seen some improvements but still posts dismal test scores and the lowest attendance of any neighborhood high school; and Powell Elementary School, a former struggling feeder [...]

Morning Links

The city's plan for bike lanes in 2014 [WABA]
First up: contraflow lanes on G and I streets NE [GGW]
But will they all actually get built this year? [Washingtonian]
ANCs ask National Park Service to consider an "Abe's to Ben's" Circulator. [GGW]
Condo project at Georgetown gas station site gets scaled back. [UrbanTurf]
Parking enforcement vehicles are themselves violating [...]

“The Ugliest Church in D.C.” Is Now the Ugliest Half-Church in D.C.

Some call it "the ugliest church in D.C."; others say it's simply misunderstood. But all can agree on one thing: The Third Church of Christ, Scientist at 16th and I streets NW is not much longer for this world.
On Sept. 30, a development team consisting of the JBG Companies and ICG Properties applied for a permit to [...]

Barry Farm Developers Plan for Around 1,500 Housing Units

The Barry Farm public housing complex near Anacostia could soon be transformed into a mixed-income community with more than 1,500 housing units, if the team seeking to redevelop the site is able to realize the plans it submitted last week.
It's a big "if." Barry Farm is among the public housing projects the city is trying [...]

Which D.C. Neighborhoods Are Seeing the Biggest Housing Price Boom?

The Washington DC Economic Partnership has released its annual neighborhood profiles, which, as usual, make for a nice overview of the qualitative and quantitative changes taking place across the city. But the numbers that jump out, as tends to be the case in this booming housing market, are the increases in housing prices over the [...]