Posts Tagged ‘Tommy Wells’

A Demographic Breakdown of the Mayoral Primary

If only the neighborhoods with the most children had turned out to vote in last week's Democratic mayoral primary, Vince Gray would be cruising to a second term. But Muriel Bowser came away the winner after dominating the areas with the lowest poverty and unemployment rates. Meanwhile, Jack Evans and Tommy Wells had their best results in the whitest precincts, while sixth-place finisher Vincent [...]

A Declaration of Wharf

Eight years after the city selected a developer for the megadevelopment along the Southwest Waterfront known as The Wharf, the project officially broke ground today, ushered in by the city's leading—and competing—elected officials.
Mayor Vince Gray was accompanied on stage in a heated tent at the waterfront by his three top challengers for the Democratic mayoral primary [...]

Leading Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Housing and Homelessness

In a city with a rapidly rising cost of living, the issues of housing and homelessness are at the forefront of just about every mayoral debate. Now a coalition of religious organizations and housing advocates—comprising the Good Faith Communities Coalition, The Way Home, the Fair Budget Coalition, and the Foundry United Methodist Church—has done us [...]

City Faces a Growing Crisis in Housing Homeless Families

Before finding herself homeless and bouncing around shelters with her four children, one witness at this morning's D.C. Council hearing was a victim of domestic violence. But she sometimes wishes she could go back to the way things were. "I would have better endured getting hit every day than to be homeless with four children," [...]

Wells: Affordable Housing Must Be Part of D.C. United Deal

The city's effort to complete a deal to swap public land for the site of the proposed D.C. United soccer stadium at Buzzard Point is already well behind schedule, and it's not getting any easier. Both Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham and his challenger Brianne Nadeau have pushed for an office use rather than the expected residential development [...]

License to Kale

If a neighborhood’s wealth can be measured by its grocery options, the residents of H Street NE and the Capitol Riverfront have gone from broke to baroque almost overnight.
For years, people living near the western portion of H Street NE who didn’t want to take a car or bus to do their shopping had to [...]

New Law Treats Cyclists More Like Pedestrians

Good news, D.C. cyclists: Much of the illegal behavior you've been engaging in is about to become legal.
Ever find yourself impatient after a long red light and crossing the intersection when the pedestrian light flashes to go, but before the main one does? Technically, you can't do that—but soon you'll be able to.
Like those [...]

Can a Smart Growth Candidate-Turned-Ethics Candidate Become Mayor?

Tommy Wells wasn't planning this mayoral campaign. He thought he'd run four years from now on a platform of creating a more livable, walkable city. Instead, he says, he found himself in the 2014 campaign fray as the ethics candidate. Or at least that's how he'd like to be seen.
The question is how voters will [...]

Wells Introduces Bill to Enforce Parking Permit Bans

During the fight over its planned residential development at the old Babe's Billiards site in Tenleytown, Douglas Development Corporation made a pledge to neighbors: If the company were given permission to construct the building without any off-street parking, it'd also bar residents from obtaining residential parking permits to park on the street. That way, residents [...]

Feds on L Street Warehouse: A Market Sounds Nice, But Money Sounds Better

A group of Capitol Riverfront residents has been pushing to turn a vacant warehouse at 49 L Street SE into a community amenity called the Half Street Market. But if a congressional hearing there this morning was any indication, they may be facing an uphill battle.
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who chairs the congressional subpanel on government [...]