Posts Tagged ‘committee of 100’

Height Act Wakes Committee of 100 From Its Slumber

The Committee of 100 on the Federal City has been awfully quiet recently. In fact, I've received only three emails this year from the nonprofit organization, which is devoted to protecting the city's historic character by opposing development projects and planning strategies that threaten to alter it, and has at times had a bit of [...]

Battle Lines Drawn Over Zoning Update

It's not really news that lots of people are vocally unhappy about the update to the city's zoning code drafted by the Office of Planning. But it sure makes for good entertainment.
The D.C. Council is wrapping up a hearing right now on the update, which will finally replace the woefully outdated 1958 code that's older [...]

Blasted By Opposition to Lighted Signs on Verizon Center, Ted Leonsis Asks For More Time

Will Verizon Center owner Ted Leonsis ever be able to put giant lighted signs on his sports complex? There have sure been some bumps in the road.
Leonsis' Monumental Sports and Entertainment already postponed a hearing on legislation that would allow nine digital displays of indeterminate size, after hearing some feedback that downtown residents weren't too [...]

C100 Wants Harry Potter-Style P.R. Campaign to Protect Neighborhoods “Under Attack”

Oh dear. The last time the Committee of 100 on the Federal City's zoning chair spouted off on some issue, I suggested that the venerable organization could use a better public relations strategy. Lo and behold, a few months later, the Business Journal reported that they'd hired a P.R. firm to modernize their image.
It doesn't [...]

Committee of 100 Honors Arena Stage, Streetcar Gadfly, More!

The Committee of 100 is out with its 2011 Vision Awards. For projects, the crusty planning advocacy group honored Arena Stage, the Civil War Defenses of Washington Trail, the Deanwood Community Center & Library, and the All Hallows Guild of Washington National Cathedral. For its individual lifetime achievement awards, the Committee chose National Coalition [...]

Committee of 100: “We Also Like to Have Fun”

In response to a post about zoning subcommittee chair Alma Gates' disdain for Greater Greater Washington's redistricting game, Committee of 100 chairman George Clark sent over this statement:
Since when can't someone write a comment without it being attributed to an organization that isn't even mentioned? And why so many attacks on the [...]

The Committee of 100’s P.R. Problem

Last week, right after D.C.'s Census results came out, Greater Greater Washington's David Alpert—like the Google veteran he is—threw together an application that lets you easily play with council ward boundaries until each one is balanced. Later, he'll aggregate all the maps created and recommendations offered into a report for the D.C. Council, so they [...]

Keeping Penn Branch Short

Last week, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 7B weighed in on an issue now before the Zoning Commission: Whether or not Akridge, in building up to the elevation allowed by the Height Act at its Burnham Place development behind Union Station, should be able to measure height from the top of the H Street "hopscotch" bridge rather [...]

Gray Transition Committee Slams DDOT For Mismanagement

The mayor's transition team has come out with its suite of reports on what to do with the government, and in those that fall within Housing Complex's world, the Transportation and Infrastructure document is more interesting than most: While giving good marks to agencies like the Department of Public Works, it excoriates Gabe Klein's Department [...]

Preservation Groups Send HPRB Slates to Gray

We told you last month that there were a bunch of positions coming open on the Historic Preservation Review Board–four that have already expired, and three more this July–and that mayor Vince Gray would have a chance to reward the preservationists who championed his candicacy. In the middle of last month, the Committee of 100 [...]