Archive for May, 2014

Metro Takes Control of Silver Line

After repeated delays, the Silver Line took a concrete step toward opening today, with Metro officially taking control of the line to begin testing.
Last week, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said he was aiming to declare operational readiness—the step required for Metro to take over the line from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is overseeing construction—today. This morning, on [...]

Community Garden Could Become Substation Under D.C. United Deal

The complex series of land swaps needed to build a D.C. United soccer stadium at Buzzard Point will see several key parcels changing hands. Most prominent among them is the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U streets NW, which will go to the developer Akridge in exchange for land Akridge owns at Buzzard Point. [...]

Morning Links

The D.C. area has set a recent record of nearly a year without any cyclist fatalities. [WashCycle]
A profile of the growing Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. [UrbanTurf]
An argument against the Idaho Stop [Grist]
...and why it's wrong. [WashCycle]
Controversial coal magnate no longer a D.C. United owner. [Post]
Retail-starved Anacostia lands a new menswear boutique. [CHOTR]
Will HUD's new secretary be [...]

City Finalizes D.C. United Deal, Sends to Council for Approval

More than four months after its deadline, the administration of Mayor Vince Gray has finally completed a deal to build a D.C. United soccer stadium at Buzzard Point and sent it to the D.C. Council for approval.
Under the deal, the city will supply the land needed for the construction of the stadium, while the team will [...]

Effort to Rehouse Homeless Families Off to Slow Start

On April 1, the administration of Mayor Vince Gray kicked off an ambitious effort to reverse the rising number of homeless families and place 500 of those families into housing within 100 days. Just over halfway through the program, that goal may be slipping out of reach.
Gray sent a letter today to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson disclosing that [...]

It’s Official: Washington Post Moving to Franklin Square

After a public and extended search for a new headquarters, the Washington Post is officially moving...three blocks away.
News broke of the Post's likely new location on April 1, after the paper signed a letter of intent to move to One Franklin Square, at 1301 K St. NW. Today, the company announced that it had signed a lease [...]

Morning Links

Why NoMa got $50 million for parks and your neighborhood didn't. [west north]
D.C. population jumps 79 percent when commuters arrive. [CityLab]
Bill would cut affordability period for subsidized housing. [GGW]
World War II Memorial goes high-tech, with Wi-Fi and interactive kiosks. [AP]
These are the situations that put cyclists in mortal danger. [Streetsblog]
Blast from the past: Ladies' waiting [...]

Morning Links

Don't understand D.C.'s restaurant boom? Look to the investors. [Y&H]
A more sophisticated buy-versus-rent calculator. [The Upshot]
D.C. is the world's 13th-biggest financial center, ahead of Toronto and Shanghai. [Post]
Paper Metro farecards are on the way out. [City Desk]
Gray administration plans to send D.C. United stadium plan to D.C. Council tomorrow. [Post]
Compared to urban poverty, gentrification is [...]

Where Are D.C.’s Homeless Families Living Now That D.C. Doesn’t Have to House Them?

After two months living with her mother, Sarah Drawn would much rather be back in the homeless shelter.
It’s not so much that living in Capitol Heights, Md., sometimes means a three-hour commute to her job on H Street NE, including a pit stop to drop her 1-year-old son off at daycare in Deanwood. Or that [...]

Morning Links

Your D.C. income doesn't get you as far as it would in Rochester, Minn., but you'd be worse off nearly everywhere else. [NPR]
UDC spent nearly $500,000 fixing up a Chevy Chase house its president doesn't want to live in. [LL]
Homeland Security move to St. Elizabeths is in doubt. [Post]
Luxury Georgetown condos go on sale for [...]