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HUD has tried to paint a picture nationwide that they are out there providing all the money and tools and administrative context, and the local agencies just aren’t getting it done.That’s sort of the perception they’ll try to sell to you, and I don’t think that’s accurate.

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August 21, 2017
MD Getting $900M in Federal Funds for Purple Line
Washington Post

Maryland’s Purple Line will receive a $900 million federal full funding agreement from the Trump administration, officials said Monday, a critical step forward for the oft-delayed project.

August 16, 2017
August 15, 2017
D.C. Has 100+ New EV Taxis, No Charging Stations
Next City

A group of D.C. cab drivers who purchased electric vehicles with District incentives are struggling to pay their bills. The problem, echoed in other cities with ambitious climate goals that focus on EVs, is a lack of local charging infrastructure.

The Senate Subway: The Epicenter of American Democracy?
Washington Post

It’s a slightly comical transportation system in the bowels of the U.S. Capitol that few Americans know exists: the Senate subway system. Not like Metro, but two sets of tracks that carry underground trams ferrying lawmakers from Senate chambers to their office buildings.

August 3, 2017
Will Paid Parking Come to Tysons Corner?
Greater Greater Washington

Since the Silver Line opened, property owners in Tysons Corner have worried that Metro commuters would park on their lots. Charging for parking could eliminate this concern but a debate over parking fees illustrates the tension surrounding the urbanization of Tysons.

A Return of the Neighborhood Grocery Store
Washington Post

On a stretch of Rhode Island Avenue that for years was a food desert stands Good Food Markets, a small neighborhood grocery store that opened in January 2015.

July 30, 2017
3 Years Later, D.C.’s Silver Line Struggles with Ridership
Washington Post

Three years after its splashy opening, the first phase of Metro’s Silver Line has met with mixed success, fueling an unprecedented building boom in areas adjacent to its five new stations but struggling to attract riders.

July 27, 2017
Montgomery County Leading the DC Area in Cycling Infrastructure
The Washingtonian

Locally, D.C. and Arlington might be the best-known jurisdictions for promoting bicycling. But recently, Montgomery Co. has quietly been building an ambitious bike network that sets the example not just for the region but also for other big, suburban counties.

July 25, 2017
July 24, 2017
July 23, 2017
How Business Improvement Districts Help
Washington Post

The District has several business improvement districts (BIDs), as do Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland jurisdictions. Hundreds of BIDs operate in cities, towns and counties throughout the U.S. New York City has 74 BIDs. So what is the purpose of a BID?

July 19, 2017
Appeals Court Throws MD’s Purple Line A Life Line
WAMU

After months of legal setbacks that left the proposed Purple Line on the brink of cancellation, a federal appeals court on Wednesday gave new life to the $2 billion light rail project, originally planned for last fall.

July 17, 2017
Inside the Terrible Plan to Move Gov’t Out of D.C.
The Washingtonian

A bill before Congress would relocate vast chunks of the government, transforming our city by hijacking its top employer. Right now, it’s a far-fetched right-wing fever dream. But it’s actually an old idea—and one that’s less partisan than its authors might think.

July 16, 2017
Arlington Official Says County Should Become A City
WAMU

With its high-rise buildings and Metro-oriented development, Arlington in many ways resembles a city more than the county it officially is. County Board Chairman Jay Fisette thinks it’s time to make Arlington’s legal status reflect its on-the-ground realities.

July 10, 2017
DC Metro Considers Selling Naming Rights
WAMU

The D.C. region’s cash-strapped transit agency will consider a potentially unpopular idea to bring in more money: the sale of commercial naming rights for Metrorail stations.

Feds End Search for New FBI Location
Washington Post

The federal government is canceling the search for a new FBI headquarters, according to officials familiar with the decision, putting a more than decade-long effort by the bureau to move out of the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover Building back at square one.

How DC is Committing to Paris Agreement
Greater Greater Washington

DC wants to be “the healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the nation.” As it prepares to revise its sustainability plan, the District government is asking residents to define what sustainability means to them.

Contract Awarded for DC Sewer Tunnel Worth $580M
The Construction Index

The Northeast Boundary Tunnel (NEBT) is designed to increase the capacity of the sewer system, significantly mitigating the frequency, magnitude and duration of sewer flooding and improving the water quality of the Anacostia River.

July 6, 2017
DC Improving Walkability at a Fast Clip
Washingtonian

Christopher Leinberger is a professor of real-estate and urban analysis at George Washington University and also a developer. But he isn’t “a real academic,” he says, and he finds the life of a developer boring.

July 4, 2017
What Big Data Can Tell Us About D.C.’s Land Values
Regional Science and Urban Economics (abstract)

We use a new property-level data set and an innovative methodology to estimate the price of land from 2000 to 2013 for nearly the universe of detached single-family homes in the Washington, DC metro area and to characterize the boom-bust cycle in land and house prices at a fine geography.

June 29, 2017
UberX-Excluded Wheelchair Users Sue Uber
Washington Post

Uber has failed to accommodate customers in wheelchairs, with policies that inhibit access for wheelchair users or provide them with watered-down options, depriving them of the ability to use the door-to-door UberX service, a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court alleges.

What Does Gentrification Even Mean for D.C.?
Greater Greater Washington

Washington, DC is a much different place than it was twenty, ten, and even just five years ago. In fact, many might call it a national posterchild for “gentrification.” But what does that word actually mean?

June 27, 2017
D.C.’s Neighborhood Inside a Building
CityLab

D.C.’s massive Woodner apartment building has lived many lives—from fancy hotel to one of the last bastions of affordable housing in a gentrifying neighborhood. Now, it’s on the brink of another change.

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