Archive for May, 2014

iStrategyLabs Is Final Tenant for Shaw’s Wonder Bread Factory

A year ago, the Wonder Bread Factory was struggling. Douglas Development's ambitious project had transformed the vacant Shaw factory into boutique office space, but tenants were hard to come by. The anchor tenant, WorkSpacesLLC, had just backed out of its lease amid financial hardship.
Now things look much rosier. The tech marketing firm iStrategyLabs is taking [...]

Plan Calls for Congestion Pricing, More Bike Lanes, and Expanded Transit for D.C.

Congestion pricing downtown. A vastly expanded network of bike lanes. Streetcar and bus routes with dedicated lanes. A parking system more tailored to demand. Lanes reserved for high-occupancy vehicles and toll-payers on major thoroughfares.
If the city's transportation network evolves as the District Department of Transportation hopes it will, these could all soon be a reality.
DDOT [...]

It’s Cost-Effective to Put Homeless People Into Housing. If Only It Were That Easy.

Today at Vox, Matt Yglesias has a post on what he calls "one of my favorite ideas in public policy," under the headline, "It's three times cheaper to give housing to the homeless than to keep them on the streets." He points to a story last week in the Orlando Sentinel on a new study finding that each homeless [...]

Morning Links

Mayor Vince Gray strikes back at Council for streetcar funding cuts. [WBJ]
When well-intentioned affordable housing policies backfire. [Market Urbanism]
D.C. tiny house leads tiny house contest. [UrbanTurf]
Council, ambivalent about stadium plan, approves funds to study it. [WBJ]
How does DCRA catch illegal rentals? Informants, usually. [UrbanTurf]
It'd cost about $32 billion to Minneapolize the country. [Streetsblog]
Today on the market: Mount Pleasant [...]

Latest Recipients of City Largesse Include H Street CrossFit, U Street Indoor Cycling Studio

A pharmacy in Bellevue, an artist studio in Anacostia, and a construction company in Congress Heights just got a big boost from the city, in the form of grants aimed at assisting businesses in the District's emerging corridors.
So did a popular bistro/bar in Shaw, a group indoor cycling* studio on U Street NW, a CrossFit gym [...]

Morning Links

Council votes to cut streetcar funding in favor of tax breaks. [LL]
Marion Barry's opposition to the streetcar, in tweets. [Post]
More details on the competition to design the 11th Street Bridge Park. [Architect]
ANC wants violence-prone H Street club closed for good. [DCist]
The Zoning Commission still doesn't love the McMillan development plan. [UrbanTurf]
D.C. is the fittest city [...]

The Mold War

In 2012, shortly after returning to D.C. from medical anthropology fieldwork in Peru for her graduate program, Clare Kelley was diagnosed with kidney stones. She had what was supposed to be routine surgery, but instead of bouncing back as expected, she needed an additional four operations that year.
Things kept getting worse from there. That October, [...]

Top Development Official Departs for Prince George’s County

Mayor Vince Gray's top official for economic development is leaving the D.C. government to take a job in Prince George's Country, according to an announcement by Gray.
Victor Hoskins, the deputy mayor for planning and economic development, will start his new post on June 16. Hoskins is not the first senior Gray official to leave in the wake of [...]

Morning Links

Here's the D.C. United bill that Mayor Vince Gray submitted to the D.C. Council. [Post]
D.C.'s luxury homes aren't all that luxurious, compared to other American cities. [Redfin]
Fundrise hits the big time with $31 million in fundraising. [NYT]
Four finalists named for the 11th Street Bridge Park project. [UrbanTurf]
D.C.'s "tale of two cities" [NPR]
CoStar gets into the movie [...]

Budget Dispute Launches War of Words Between Mendelson and Mayor’s Office

How contentious is tomorrow's budget vote in the D.C. Council? Contentious enough that the mayor's office is comparing the Council chairman to the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers, and the chairman is accusing the mayor's office of stirring up false outrage.
Mayor Vince Gray delivered his $10.7 billion budget proposal to the Council last month. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has come up [...]