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 [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Harriet Tregoning’
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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" [...]
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 [...]
Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning is one of the most stalwart bike commuters in District government, making the trip from her Columbia Heights rowhouse to 1100 4th Street SW most days on a foldable Brompton bike, wearing a helmet and sensible shoes. So far, she's gone without major incident, except for catching her wheels [...]