Archive for April, 2014

Why Is Overhauling the Park Morton Public Housing Complex So Difficult?

Last week, I met Adrianne Todman for an activity she wouldn’t have advised 10 or 15 years ago: a walk around the Park Morton public-housing complex in the Park View neighborhood, just off Georgia Avenue NW.
“Park was a tough, tough site,” recalls Todman, the executive director of the D.C. Housing Authority. “I would not have [...]

Graham Calls for Shutting Down D.C. General Shelter by Year’s End

The shelter at the former D.C. General Hospital has been filled to capacity for some time now. It was full when this past winter began, meaning that the city had to turn to motels and recreation centers to house all homeless families seeking shelter as hypothermia conditions set in. Families have been there for as [...]

Pepco Is Being Sold. Here Are Five Ways It Could Affect D.C.

D.C., say hello to Exelon, your new electricity overlord.
The Chicago-based nuclear energy powerhouse has agreed to pay $6.8 billion to acquire Pepco Holdings, the electricity utility for the District and parts of Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. "This is a tremendous opportunity to take Pepco Holdings to the next level," Pepco CEO Joe Rigby told reporters [...]

Morning Links

An (allegedly) infallible way for roommates to pick rooms and set rent. [NYT]
A profile of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts [NPR]
D.C. is the best city for recent college grads. [NerdWallet]
Georgetown ANC opposes plan to turn church into housing. [UrbanTurf]
Your water bill will go up by around 12 percent this year. [SALM]
A visit to [...]

This Is Where Washingtonians Bike and Run

You probably don't need a map to tell you that people enjoy biking through Rock Creek Park or jogging on the National Mall. But why let good data go to waste? Cyclists and runners use the Strava app to log and improve their times; the Strava app, in turn, logs their routes. And now, as [...]

Careful Not to “Thrust” Unwanted Authority on D.C., House Passes Minor Height Act Change

Well, D.C., you got what you asked for.
Heeding the D.C. Council's plea not to give the city any more control over its own building heights, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a change yesterday to the 104-year-old Height of Buildings Act that's notable only for its lack of ambition. In the very likely event that [...]

Morning Links

Drivers are already making good use of NoMa's new cycletrack. [DCist]
Downtown D.C. is in good shape, except for its office market. [WBJ]
FBI: Washington Highlands/Bellevue is the 22nd most dangerous neighborhood in America. [Curbed]
Earlier design rejected, Georgetown Exxon developers opt for a more generic one. [UrbanTurf]
Big-name developers are interested in a site near Union Market. [WBJ]
Columbia [...]

A “Dying” Georgia Avenue Block Bodes Ill for the Neighborhood

My colleague Jessica Sidman reports that Fusion Restaurant has just shut its doors on the 4800 block of Georgia Avenue NW, citing repeated break-ins. This isn't big news on its own—restaurants open and close all the time—except that it appears to be part of a pattern. In December, Moroni & Brothers Pizza Restaurant, located two doors [...]

Morning Links

Is homeownership a good investment? It depends. [Vox]
Check out changes on D.C. corners through Google Street View. [Post]
D.C. needs more east-west bike lanes. [GGW]
Some Stronghold residents allege their water is causing cancer. [City Desk]
Like the Silver Line, the streetcar could start running this summer, at long last. [DCist]
Neighbors think the convention center hotel, opening this [...]

Former Anacostia Supermarket to Become Dialysis Clinic and 7-Eleven

On Nov. 30, 2012, Anacostia's only supermarket shut down. The Anacostia Warehouse Supermarket property had just been purchased by Vienna, Va.-based Good Hope Investments LLC. The man behind the LLC, investor Mossadaq Chughtai, told me at the time that his plan was to break up the store into smaller sites and attract national tenants who would [...]