Posts Tagged ‘Marion Barry’

The Conversion of Marion Barry on the Stadium Deal: An Oral History

In 1985, under then-Mayor Marion Barry, a D.C. government building opened at the riot-devastated intersection of 14th and U streets NW that helped revitalize the corridor. Twenty-eight years later, the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center is about the least vital building on that corridor. And so it's become a trading chip in the deal to build [...]

Marion Barry vs. Walmart

As we wait for the D.C. Council hearing—scheduled for 10 a.m., and set to include a final vote on the living wage bill—to get underway, let's take a look at a snapshot of the debate over the legislation, which would require retailers in excess of 75,000 square feet whose parent companies make at least $1 [...]

Jack’s Boathouse Will Take Park Service to Court

Jack's Boathouse, the popular Georgetown boating establishment facing eviction as early as next month, will file a complaint with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia this week to prevent the National Park Service from moving forward with its process to establish a new concession for the site.
The move comes after the [...]

Darrell Issa Outtakes: Marion Barry on D.C.’s Relationship With Congress

Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry has arguably the longest political memory of anyone in the District. Through his years as a community activist, civil rights leader, school board president, four-term mayor, jailbird, and now councilmember, he's seen it all, and he can recount nearly every detail. So it was a shame when I had to [...]

DCHA to Close Waiting List for Public Housing

The D.C. Housing Authority is making it official: If you're hoping to apply for public housing, you're out of luck.
Bread for the City reports that DCHA will close its waiting list for public housing indefinitely by the end of the year. Practically speaking, the move doesn't actually change much. The waiting list for the city's [...]

Barry Unsuccessful in Ousting White Architects for Ballou High

While stumping to keep his job a couple weeks back, Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry had this to say about the architectural firm that had been chosen to design the brand-new Ballou High School, which he's touting as an example of his leadership:
I don't like it, because it's an all-white firm, but we're going to [...]

Shit Marion Barry Says, Annotated

Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry was in full-on campaign mode last Friday on the Politics Hour, stubbornly resisting Tom Sherwood's attempts to interrupt his re-election stump speech with various "distractions." Besides his tweeting habits, a few remarks are worthy of note:
10,000 units of housing during his tenure on the Council? "When you go around Ward 8, [...]

What Marion Barry and Campus Neighbors Have in Common

As has been amply noted, D.C.'s a hot apartment market right now: Rents are sky high, and new rental buildings are going up all over the city. In fact, it's one of the only forms of real estate development that really has a crack at financing these days.
But not everybody loves apartment dwellers. Over and [...]

Marion Barry Calls For Gentrification Commission

It was a conversation that promised to be interesting, with this headline: DOES GENTRIFICATION MEAN ERADICATION? The office of Councilmember Marion Barry convened a panel of Ward 8 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and community members last night to chew over the question, and at his behest, a group of interested citizens will continue to chew it [...]

Marion Barry Doesn’t Care About Your Stinking Sidewalk

This just in from Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue: Councilmember Marion Barry's silver Jaguar, parked in the crosswalk while he noshed at Uniontown Bar and Grill across the street. Not that people in wheelchairs would have an easy time with those bricks anyway.