Posts Tagged ‘Harriet Tregoning’

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The D.C. Council is wrapping up a hearing right now on the update, which will finally replace the woefully outdated 1958 code that's older [...]

Not Asking for a Lot

Late last year, Douglas Development Corporation presented Tenleytown residents with two options. The ground floor of an apartment building it was planning for the site of the defunct Babe’s Billiards on Wisconsin Avenue NW could either become a parking garage—or it could be devoted to retail. The local Advisory Neighborhood Commission deliberated, and at its [...]

A Few Other Tregoning Bits

I've got a cover story this week on D.C. planning director Harriet Tregoning, and naturally, a couple things wouldn't fit.

More on how she's regarded by the people who build things in this city: I checked in with Merrick Malone, the  immediate past president of the D.C. Building Industry Association, who was former Mayor Sharon Pratt [...]

How to Understand D.C.’s Town Gown Complex

If for some reason you read just this blog and not the rest of the paper, allow me to director your attention to this week's cover story by Shani Hilton, which cuts through the noise and puts together a unified field theory of why wealthy universities fight with their wealthy neighbors. I particularly enjoyed this [...]

Office Space Shrinkage: Good and Bad for D.C.

Itty bitty little offices!

It's a well-known fact in commercial real estate circles: Tenants are doing more with less. Gone are the days of law firm associates doing cartwheels in their offices, and getting a secretary as soon as they made partner. The floorplates of the future squish dozens of offices into spaces that before held [...]

Does Georgetown Just Have an Attitude Problem?

On February 9, the Zoning Commission will rule on where, how, and how much Georgetown University will be able to grow over the next ten years. It's been an arduous process, with citizens groups squaring off against University officials for well over a year now, and enough filings to make the Encyclopedia Britannica look like [...]

Historic Preservation Cases Get New Decider

In particularly contentious historic preservation cases—mostly when property owners wants to raze their historic buildings and the Historic Preservation Review Board says they can't—the mayor is formally the person who's supposed to decide. Recent cases of note that have gone to that next level of appeal (and sometimes even higher, to the District's Court of [...]

Going Backwards To Solve Unemployment?

Unemployment is probably the District's biggest problem at the moment. The city's doing what it can, rolling out initiatives like raising awareness of available subsidies and offering incentives for contractors to hire locally, but that's all ultimately up to the private sector. Is there anything the District could do to create jobs itself, without increasing [...]

Do D.C. Residents Have Any Good Ideas on Sustainability?

Back in July, the District Department of the Environment and Office of Planning announced that they'd be embarking on a new sustainability strategy. They couldn't tell us what it would entail, exactly. That was supposed to come from you: Having designed a big old community engagement effort, OP director Harriet Tregoning said they were "crowdsourcing" [...]

Slow Train

It sure is a beautiful vision: For years now, District officials have regaled citizens with tales of light rail from other coasts and countries. They’ve commissioned studies that depict streetcars as economic-development fairy dust, brightening every community that they touch. And now that the city has completed roadwork on H Street NE, the newly track-inlaid [...]