Posts Tagged ‘Anacostia’

Ward 8 Gets Its First Bike Lanes

There are bicyclists throughout D.C., but there aren't always bike lanes to match—a point generally overlooked in the faux-outrage over cyclists' supposed excessive privileges in the city. Biking east of the Anacostia River is often hard, and it's not just because of the hilly terrain. While the District had 72 miles of bike lanes as [...]

Will Congress Heights and Anacostia Actually Miss DHS If It Doesn’t Move to St. Elizabeths?

The title of the January report from the House Committee on Homeland Security's Republican majority didn't leave much room for doubt on the lawmakers' position. "Reality Check Needed: Rising Costs and Delays in Construction of New DHS Headquarters at St. Elizabeths," it read. And so when another Republican-led House committee issued a report last month on [...]

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 [...]

Once a Foe of New Ward 8 Apartments, Barry Seeks Special Approval of Anacostia Project

Over the past few days, I've received nearly two dozen emails bearing a subject line that's some variant of "NO to Councilman Barry's 'EMERGENCY' Legislation!!!" What's the fuss all about? It concerns legislation by Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry that the D.C. Council will consider today. The bill—actually a set of three related bills—would allow the [...]

The Coast Guard-Driven Neighborhood Revival That Wasn’t

Last summer, city and federal officials cut the ribbon on the new Coast Guard headquarters on the St. Elizabeths West Campus, between Anacostia and Congress Heights. The city, which is undertaking a companion mixed-use development on the St. Elizabeths East Campus across Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, hoped that the infusion of 3,700 Coast [...]

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 [...]

For Longtime Residents, Sometimes Gentrification Isn’t All Bad

There's nothing more divisive in the District than the G-word. Gentrification conjures up images of omnipresent dog boutiques and $5 lattes in what used to be working-class, wallet-friendly neighborhoods. The well-heeled people moving in call it neighborhood revival; the poorer folks being priced out call it displacement.
Except it's not that simple. Most longtime residents of [...]

Everyone Says Cory Booker’s Moving to Anacostia—Except Cory Booker

The Washington Post reported it back in August. Jake Tapper confirmed it last night, as my colleague Perry Stein points out. Cory Booker, the media-darling Newark mayor who was elected to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, is moving to Anacostia.
What great news for a city that's a residence in name only to most of our members of Congress, [...]

Internal Problems Doom Another Anacostia Restaurant

It seems Anacostia's food scene can't take a step forward without taking one back. Less than three months after the seesawing Uniontown Bar & Grill finally reopened its doors, Big Chair Cafe Bar & Grill—long the neighborhood's only proper sit-down spot—closed down yesterday.
Big Chair manager Michael Sterling made the announcement in a Facebook post this weekend, as [...]

Historic Preservation Board Rejects Big K Plans

Anacostia residents who were infuriated by plans to erect a six-story development on their main street can breathe a sigh of relief: The historic preservation authorities have sent the project back to the drawing board.
Yesterday, the Historic Preservation Review Board considered the plans for the so-called Big K project on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue [...]