Posts Tagged ‘midcity’

Arts District Branding Project Still Running Into Questions

Not to bring up an old issue or anything, but the “D.C. Arts District” neighborhood branding project just keeps hitting speedbumps.
Initially, the project team said it would have the banners up by December 1, with a festival of sorts early in the month. That got pushed back as the design process took longer than anticipated. [...]

Behold: MidCity Arts District Brand Concepts Revealed!

Despite the criticism they've come under in recent months, the as-yet-unnamed Arts District team has forged ahead with its branding process, presenting four banner concepts yesterday that will be narrowed down to one design and installed on lampposts by the beginning of December.
The designs are the result of a feedback gathering process that, when it's [...]

More Dirt on MidCity Branding Initiative

We knew back in September that the MidCity Arts District branding process wasn't going over very well: Artists and businesses felt like they were being branded by a small clutch of neighborhood activists, rather than participating in an organic process that they chose. Part of the discomfort was the fact that the MidCity Business Association [...]

A Walk With: Duane Gautier, Director of ARCH Development, Anacostia

Last week, we started a series of walking tours with folks in the know in their neighborhoods. Who else would be interesting? Let me know.
When Duane Gautier first came to Anacostia from his native New York City, to intern for a congressman in 1961, the neighborhood was thriving: Most every shopfront filled, and owner-occupied.
When he [...]

Comedy of Banners: In Midcity and Anacostia, the dos and don’ts of neighborhood branding.

Dropping large chunks of city money into a neighborhood can be like dropping a bomb: You never quite know where the shrapnel will fly. At least that’s how a D.C.-funded branding project for the ill-defined area known as Midcity has played out.
Andrea Doughty and Carol Felix, stewards of a $200,000 grant from the District’s Neighborhood [...]

Midcity Branding Process Gets Rolling, Faces Questions

The folks heading up the city-funded neighborhood branding initiative for a region around 14th and U Streets learned last night that getting consensus around the idea of a unified, arts-oriented identity might require some convincing.
In a packed gathering at Busboys and Poets, project leaders Andrea Doughty and Carol Felix ran through their plans to host [...]

Neighborhood-making in Midcity

The 14th and U Street corridors feel like one commercial district. And they’re even treated that way by zoning regulations, nestled under an overlay that imposes special rules on construction and business uses. But when talking about the area, it’s easy to stumble over what to call it: Dupont? Logan Circle? The U Street Area?
For [...]

After Small Bump, ARTS Overlay Amendment Looks Set for Smooth Ride Through Zoning Commission

A few weeks after boosting the ARTS Overlay restriction on bars and restaurants in Midcity on an emergency basis, the Zoning Commission reconvened to hear arguments as to whether or not it should be permanently raised, as recommended by the Office of Planning.
Except nobody showed up to oppose it.
ANC 2B commissioner Ramon Estrada, who had [...]

Zoned Out: The Anatomy of an Arts Overlay Disaster

Aman Ayoubi thought he was golden. One year and half a million dollars into retrofitting a long-empty building at 14th and U streets for a new restaurant and nightclub, he had a 15-year lease and two liquor licenses in the bag. Permit-wise, he figured the hard part was over.
He was wrong. On April 5, the [...]

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