Posts Tagged ‘Dupont Circle’

You Too Can Invest in Condo Conversions, Courtesy of Fundrise

Investors in a Dupont Circle condo conversion got a 12 percent return.

Two New Projects Filling Holes in Dupont/Logan

Up for consideration at the Historic Preservation Review Board this month are two new projects that will just fit in between the buildings around them.
The first: A nine-story apartment building at 17th and O Street on land owned by First Baptist Church (yet another religious institution making good use of its extra acreage) and developed [...]

ANC Votes to *Relax* West Dupont Moratorium Zone

In a refreshing and heartening display of flexibility, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B voted last night to lift the prohibition on new restaurant-class liquor licenses in the moratorium zone west of Dupont Circle.
After a series of meetings, a committee of the ANC produced a report evaluating the current moratorium, which expires later this month. While the [...]

Time Running Out for Morton Bender?

Last year, a double whammy of unfavorable rulings by the Board of Zoning Adjustment and Historic Preservation Review Board may have finally tanked the N Street Follies, litigious investor Morton Bender's long-running plan to build a large hotel on the site of six historic Dupont Circle rowhouses. Now, he might be in for a wallop [...]

The D.C. Housing Market Is Back

You know how I know? Not the home values that have been rising for months, despite continuing decline in the rest of the country. Not the impossibly low vacancy rates. Rather, the fact that the most expensive house in D.C.–1824 R Street NW in Dupont Circle–just raised its price by half a million bucks.
The Gerace [...]

There Goes the Gayborhood: Gay real estate isn’t just about Dupont Circle anymore.

Evan Johnson, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker, has two business cards. One, a conventional rectangle, simply says “Evan Johnson Realty Group.” The other is fancier, with two curved corners. It reads: “Evan Johnson, Realtor,” with “MyGayAgent.com” on the back.
The ambiguous slogan on the sexually neutral card—“Bold Company, Straightforward Real Estate”—might say more about [...]

No Parking: Why does the federal government still control D.C.’s circles and triangles?

On a wall above the copy machine in a room right off the main lobby of the National Park Service headquarters for the National Capital Region near Hains Point is something called Map A: The familiar District diamond, printed on yellowing paper, with all the Park Service-owned land colored in dark green. Besides the big [...]

Should D.C. Take Over Little Parks?

A few months ago, right before World Cup fever, a Dupont Circle activist called me in distress: Volunteers from Fannie Mae were painting the benches, under the direction of the National Parks Service, which owns the Circle. She wasn't upset about the painting (though she thought they could be doing a more careful job) so [...]

Comedy of Banners: In Midcity and Anacostia, the dos and don’ts of neighborhood branding.

Dropping large chunks of city money into a neighborhood can be like dropping a bomb: You never quite know where the shrapnel will fly. At least that’s how a D.C.-funded branding project for the ill-defined area known as Midcity has played out.
Andrea Doughty and Carol Felix, stewards of a $200,000 grant from the District’s Neighborhood [...]

Zoning Commission: Arcades Can Go

Back in the 1950s, the pedestrian arcade was thought of as a civilizing architectural feature–semi-enclosed avenues off the bustle of the sidewalk, vaguely reminiscent of elegant Parisian walks. Encouraged by D.C. zoning regulations, architects incorporated them into office buildings all around downtown Washington, particularly along the grand boulevard of Connecticut Avenue.
In the 1990s, though, the [...]

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