Posts Tagged ‘Columbia Heights’

The Architect of Columbia Heights’ Transformation Leaves a Complicated Legacy

When Bob Moore was recruited in 1988 to direct the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, he surveyed the neighborhood and wasn't impressed with what he saw. There were "blocks and blocks of vacant houses," he told historian David Rotenstein in Becoming What We Can Be, a book of D.C. community development vignettes published in 2012 by the Local Initiatives [...]

The City’s Take on Its Booming Neighborhoods

Last week, I wrote about the D.C. neighborhoods with the fastest-rising home prices, according to the Washington DC Economic Partnership. Georgia Avenue/Walter Reed, Kennedy Street, and Fort Totten led the way, each experiencing 25 percent growth in home-sale prices between 2012 and 2013.
Now the city's come out with its official version, of sorts. As first [...]

Where the Millennials Live (and Other Demographic Treasures)

That sea of light blue dots concentrated in Wards 1 and 2 (and Ward 5's Bloomingdale)? Those are D.C.'s infamous millennials. The map comes to us courtesy of a wonderful new study from the Urban Institute on the demographic changes in the District. Here are a few key points:
1. The city's demographic changes aren't racially [...]

A Very Illegal Apartment Building Gets a Second Life

On the 700 block of Morton Street NW, a stretch of modest rowhouses, one building stands out. Set back from the street and reaching far higher than its neighbors, 723 Morton St. looks like it doesn't belong.
That's because it doesn't. The developer of the property received permits in 2004 for electrical, mechanical, and plumbing and [...]

Sherman Avenue Streetscape Project Is Officially Complete

After nearly three years, a whole lot of jackhammers, and a fair share of frustration, the city's overhaul of the Sherman Avenue NW streetscape is finally, officially over.
When Washington City Paper published its Answers Issue back in January, one reader wrote in with the question many residents of Columbia Heights and Pleasant Plains have been [...]

Grocery Invasion Continues: Natural Market Coming to 14th Street

Add one more to the grocery count. This morning, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration posted an application for a liquor license at a grocery store coming to 2400 14th St. NW, the upscale Capitol View apartment building. The store, called Natural Market, will feature "organic and locally grown produce, meats, nutritious foods, and eco household products," [...]

Barry Farm and Congress Heights Gentrifying? Not Quite.

The Washington Business Journal reported yesterday on a new study of 18 "gentrifying" neighborhoods—areas "whose median property value and federal adjusted gross income fell below the citywide average in 2001, and rose above it 10 years later." The paper writes, "Many are not what, or where, you’d think."
No, they're not. Columbia Heights? Petworth? Sure, I'll [...]

A Virtual Tour of Petworth’s Abandoned Hebrew Home

Adorned with timeworn stars of David and located a stone's throw from the crush of new restaurants and bars on 11th Street NW, the hulking, abandoned old Hebrew Home for the Aged looks out of place at 1125 Spring Road NW, on the Petworth-Columbia Heights border. Closer inspection doesn't yield many clues: The front doors [...]

SLIDESHOW: Z Burger and Why Sometimes You Don’t Need a Fence

This open space needs places for everyone to sit. Click for slideshow!

For the last year, Z Burger has been negotiating with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A about how it ought to be able to use the public space in front of the old Tivoli Theater in Columbia Heights. There are lots of particulars to the situation, [...]

Giant Bows to Popular Will, Opens All Cash Registers

Shoppers at the Columbia Heights Giant were greeted this evening with fantastic news: A flyer promising that all 19 cash registers will be open from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., and a rotisserie chicken to anyone who finds one closed (unless it's "broken or offline"). Looks like all the whining about epic lines stretching back into [...]