Posts Tagged ‘libraries’

All the D.C. Maps You’ll Ever Need

You could spend hours playing with the recently upgraded D.C. Geographic Information System. Having done so myself, I'll save you the trouble. Here, in no particular order, are a few dozen maps of the geography of all sorts of city features you never even considered, plus a few you may actually have been curious about. [...]

Things That Undermine Faith in Government

Elected officials don't have to be corrupt for citizens to lose confidence in them. They can sometimes just not have their priorities straight. Here are a couple examples from recent days:
1. Getting rid of a swath of special purpose funds. Michael Neibauer reported last week that the 2011 and 2012 budgets yanked more than $1.5 [...]

All Libraries Are Expensive

Yesterday, the estimable Michael Neibauer broke down the cost of the new West End Library, to be built by EastBanc. It seemed to him a bit much that the library itself should cost $2.5 million, while everything else ran the cost up to a total of $9 million.
Now, I'm not certain that EastBanc isn't bilking [...]

Watha T. Daniel Libary, About to Go Live

After years of planning, contract negotiation, and construction, the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will finally open its doors on August 2. It’s the fourth of six new and renovated libraries to open this year—but this one, a triangular shard of glass projecting over the corner of Rhode Island Ave. and 7th Street, NW, may be [...]

Thomas Borrows Money From Ward 7 Library for Dakota Crossing

Last Friday, the Business Journal reported that Councilmember Harry Thomas had scrounged up $3 million from the Library capital budget to pay for stormwater management on the site of a huge new development at the intersection of New York and South Dakota Avenues, in his own Ward 5. That's on top of an expected increase [...]

Benning Library Groundbreaking Today

Libraries don't seem inherently controversial. But in D.C., they always become community powder kegs. I don't know the intricacies of each case. But every time a library needs to be rebuilt, the drama is epic. Recently I wrote about the Tenleytown library's board, which has been going back and forth with the city for years [...]