Posts Tagged ‘office of planning’

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The D.C. Council is wrapping up a hearing right now on the update, which will finally replace the woefully outdated 1958 code that's older [...]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

And Now Let Us Witness Excellent Maps And Charts

For a recent Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force meeting, the Office of Planning put together some visuals that capture what's getting built in the city, and how it's changing. Here are some of my favorites.
1) Didn't believe we're in an apartment boom? The District issued more permits for buildings with more than five units in [...]

Old 11th Street Bridge Deck Coming Off, Could Be Rebuilt For Pedestrians

For the last couple months, the city has been trying to figure out the best way to keep its options open for re-using a piece of the old 11th Street Bridge when cars are going over a new one. The Office of Planning floated a "recreation bridge" that would have all sorts of programming, creating an [...]

A High Line for the Anacostia? More Like a Ponte Vecchio.

Cloethiel Woodard Smith's plan for a bridge across the Washington Channel.

Yesterday, the news dropped that the Office of Planning is floating the idea of preserving one of the 11th Street bridge spans slated to be destroyed after the new ones are built, and renovating it into a pedestrian space for arts, culture, natural appreciation, and [...]

Streetcar Study: Could We Get the System For Free?

Finally, finally the Office of Planning has released the full results of their streetcar land use study, which details the projected effects on all 37 miles of the system that's been planned so far (I've been asking for it since a short version dropped last May). I'm still digesting the whole thing, which goes into [...]

City Imagines Another Future for 14th Street Bus Barn

You know what's a drag? Having a giant brick warehouse with buses coming in and out of it all day take up an entire block on one side of a neighborhood commercial street. That's the reality of 14th Street NW between Buchanan and Decatur. It's frustrated upper 14th Street businesses no end, and even Metro [...]

Wondering About the Zoning Update?

Last week, the Washington Post's ombudsman relayed his conversation with a group of activists from the D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations, who—super-blogger Mike DeBonis excepted—are none too happy with the paper's coverage of local issues lately (the Federation's chairman, Robert Brannum, has used more extreme means to voice his displeasure with the Post before). Among [...]

More Disneyfication Coming to Chinatown

Along with backing a gigantic new office building that will house international businesses at last night's U.S.-China Capital Cities Friendship Council gala, Mayor Vince Gray also expressed support for something dear to many people in the room: The continuing existence of a Chinatown in D.C.'s downtown core, which when he first became D.C. Council chairman, [...]

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" [...]

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