Posts Tagged ‘eleanor holmes norton’

Norton Wants Congressional Buy-In for Capitol Crossing Freeway Closure

A portion of I-395 could be closed for more than a year to facilitate a mixed-use development project.

Norton to Gray and Mendelson: Please Stop Bickering Over the Height Act

Fresh off a congressional hearing at which disagreements among D.C. leaders over the Height Act came to the fore, Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives, sent a letter to Mayor Vince Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson yesterday with a simple message: Your bickering is not helping matters.

D.C. Planning Director Harriet Tregoning [...]

Norton Aims to Explore Parking Under Mall; Congress Isn’t Interested

On April Fools Day weekend, the Washington Post ran an editorial promoting "a pretty sensible idea": building a giant garage under the National Mall. The proposal, it turned out, was not made in jest—and one influential Washingtonian is taking it very seriously.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced an amendment to a bill last night in the House Rules [...]

Donald Trump Takes a Fawning D.C. by Storm

Break out the politicos, the superlatives, and the Apprentice jokes: Donald Trump is in town.
The real estate magnate, TV personality, and near-presidential candidate stopped by the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue this morning to present his plans to convert the 1899 building into a $200 million luxury hotel. Mayor Vince Gray, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and half the [...]

Eleanor Holmes Norton to Park Service: Give Us More Frisbee Space!

This spring, ultimate frisbee players in D.C. got in a huff over some trees that got planted in the Ellipse behind the White House, encroaching on their recreational frisbee grounds. They wrote a letter to First Lady Michelle Obama, who didn't respond to them directly—but Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton got some answers. She learned that the National [...]

The New Coast Guard Headquarters Has Arrived. But Will It Help Ward 8?

This afternoon, a group of local and federal VIPs—from Mayor Vince Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)—gathered at the St. Elizabeths West Campus to cut the ribbon on the new Coast Guard headquarters.
The campus is set to house 3,700 Coast Guard employees, who will move in over the [...]

You Don’t Know Jack’s

It’s winter at Jack’s Boathouse. There are no customers stepping gingerly into rocking canoes, no seasonal workers grabbing paddles from the rack, no lingering scent of sunscreen and bug spray. A chain blocks off the parking lot, and the 130-foot main dock is hibernating at its off-season home near the Pentagon.
This would normally be the [...]

Repeal the Height Act, Fund the Metro?

Matt Yglesias has a proposal for how to fund the $6 billion expansion that Metro wants to undertake, and if you've ever read Matt Yglesias, you can probably guess what it is: Repeal the Height Act!
He writes:
Restrictions on the height of buildings in the DC central business district cost the city billions per year in lost [...]

Norton Urges Park Service Not to Screw Up Jack’s Boathouse

The controversy over Jack's Boathouse is heating up, and D.C.'s representative in Congress just weighed in.
The National Park Service is seeking to end its longterm relationship with the popular Georgetown boathouse and open up the space to bids for a concession contract, which it hopes to award by the end of next month. Jack's owner [...]

Issa Takes D.C.’s Congressional Oversight Into His Own Hands

When the congressional subcommittee chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) held a hearing on the D.C. budget in May 2011, it was clear who was really in charge. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who leads the full committee that oversees Gowdy's subpanel, stole the show and surprised the D.C. officials present by delivering a monologue in [...]