Posts Tagged ‘victor hoskins’

Q&A: Michael Brown Defends His Record on Housing and Development

Last week, I sat down with David Grosso, who's challenging Michael Brown for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, to talk about housing and development. This week, I spoke with Brown, who chairs the Committee on Economic Development and Housing, to get his thoughts on the issues, the race, and, yes, weed. Here's what [...]

When All Else Fails, Convene a Task Force

Planning for the  streetcar has veered a bit off the rails, as neighbors protest the city's planned car barn/training facility on the Spingarn High School campus and the launch of the inaugural H Street-Benning Road line seems destined to be pushed into 2014.
Hoping to get things back on track (sorry, I'll stop, I promise), Mayor [...]

D.C.’s New Chinatown: Shanghai?

If the best way to get customers is to be right next to them, D.C.'s going straight to the source: China, where it's setting up a business office to help advertise District companies and channel dollars back home. Previous mayors have made goodwill trips abroad, but this would mark the first time D.C.'s established a [...]

A Few Other Tregoning Bits

I've got a cover story this week on D.C. planning director Harriet Tregoning, and naturally, a couple things wouldn't fit.

More on how she's regarded by the people who build things in this city: I checked in with Merrick Malone, the  immediate past president of the D.C. Building Industry Association, who was former Mayor Sharon Pratt [...]

Victor Hoskins Goes to China

Let's play Where's the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development!
Today, Victor Hoskins is in China—he paid for the trip himself, but is taking care of some municipal business. Per his office: "He's helping to lay the groundwork for a renewed sister city agreement in Beijing and discussing participation in regional international commerce initiatives," says [...]

Sale Watch: Deputy Mayor Now a West Ender

Housing Complex is always interested in where the city's public power players choose to lay their heads. A sampling: Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning chose gentrifying Columbia Heights, Department of Transportation director  Terry Bellamy lives within walking distance of his office in Southwest, the Department of the Environment's Christophe Tulou lives on genteel California [...]

Stevens School: New Process, Same People?

More than two years after the Adrian Fenty administration tried to sell off the historic Stevens Elementary School, Vince Gray's economic development team is starting over.
In what stands as one of the worst-handled real estate projects of Fenty's term—in an area with one of the most activist set of neighborhood associations in the city—nine bids [...]

Skyland May Get Active Before Getting Built

Temporary Urbanism is all the rage these days for languishing developments, but interim uses haven't made their way east of the river in the same way as Rosslyn or Georgia Avenue or the waterfront. That may finally change soon, as the Office of Planning is looking at ways to activate the giant parking lot and [...]

Meet the New Boss: DMPED’s Victor Hoskins

We're continuing our introductions of new agency directors today with Mayor Vince Gray's nominee for Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Victor Hoskins. He's a charismatic guy who'll both laugh uproariously and cry in public–but this city will depend more on how well he can push slow-moving projects through the pipeline than how well [...]

Hoskins Does the Rounds

It's Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor L. Hoskins' first week on the job, and he's been meeting with the relevant folks, speaking to the appropriate groups, and generally getting to know the District (he took a couple of tours over the first two weekends after he was appointed, making sure to hit [...]