Posts Tagged ‘Harriet Tregoning’

DDOT Expects Fare-Collecting, Passenger-Transporting Streetcars by Year’s End

The streetcar waiting game took an optimistic turn yesterday, as WAMU reported that District Department of Transportation Director Terry Bellamy put the odds that the H Street-Benning Road streetcar line will "go live" this year at two in three.
So what exactly does "going live" entail? There are a few things that have to happen before [...]

Zoning Update Enters the Home Stretch, Over Opposition

The first rewrite of the city's zoning code in 55 years is headed to the Zoning Commission for consideration after years of intense debate, despite pleas from longtime critics of the update to slow things down.
Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning told D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson this afternoon at an ongoing hearing that her [...]

How to Rile Up a Crowd (in D.C.): Talk Building Heights

So far, reviewing the Height of Buildings Act to provide recommendations to Congress on how to amend it has been pretty fun for Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning.
"From a totally geeky planning perspective, I have to say it’s kind of thrilling to be asked to look at this issue," Tregoning said last night at [...]

Tech Leader: The Administration’s Great! (But It’s Wrong About Everything.)

Techies are known to be iconoclastic. But it's still somewhat surprising to see disagreements at every turn between D.C.'s tech ringleader and the administration that's bending over backward to accommodate and attract tech startups.
Last night, Smart Growth America hosted a conversation about tech in D.C. with iStrategyLabs' Peter Corbett, the unofficial D.C. tech spokesman and [...]

1,000-Car Garage Today, Apartments Tomorrow?

To the extent that Paul Millstein and cars have been mentioned in the same sentence by members of the public in recent months, it's usually something along the lines of "Paul Millstein wants to take away my car" or "Paul Millstein's trying to make it impossible for me to park my car." The developer with [...]

Vice Principles

Kenyan McDuffie eyed the small plastic shot glass in his hand with suspicion, then took a sip. The proprietors of New Columbia Distillers waited for the Ward 5 councilmember’s reaction to their Green Hat Gin. McDuffie swallowed, and smiled.
“I’m not generally a gin drinker,” McDuffie said, “but it’s good.”
McDuffie and three of his aides were [...]

Box Boom

Vince Gray beamed as he strode down the aisle, trailed by a cluster of aides and constituents hoping for a photo with the mayor, clutching a fork in one hand and a plate of appetizers in the other. “Imagine how many jobs this will create!” he said.
The scene last Wednesday was a preview reception at [...]

The Five-Year Itch

It’s 9 a.m., and you’re running late. You check your email on your phone, which is connected to D.C.’s citywide WiFi. Nothing but spam from the city government, including a photo of President Marco Rubio at Ben’s Out Back—really, this campaign to publicize celebrity visits to D.C. haunts has gone too far. You wish the [...]

A Modest Proposal to Enliven Central 14th Street

Few areas in town have undergone as many recent changes as the stretch of 14th Street NW near the Columbia Heights Metro station. Now city officials are turning their attention to the corridor to that area's north.
Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning just presented the Central 14th Street Corridor Small Area Action Plan to members 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 [...]

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