Wednesday, July 27, 2011

DDOT Announces Capital Bikeshare Expansion

DDOT has announced the addition of two Bikeshare stations in Ward 3:

3000 Connecticut. NW – National Zoo

Calvert Street and 39th Street, NW (Stoddert Recreation Center)

In addition, DDOT will expand the station at Calvert Street and Woodley Place in Woodley Park.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fare thee Well 4P's?

The Prince of Petworth confirms rumors that 4P's Irish Pub in Cleveland Park is set to be re-branded as McFadden's, a companion to the Foggy Bottom pub.

Chevy Chase Park Meeting

Rhere will be a community meeting tonight (7/26) at 6:30PM with DPR regarding Livingston Street Park. During this meeting DPR will review the additions to the park, areas that need attention, and the timeline for repairs or remaining installations (spray park, sand box, benches, etc.).

Who: DPR Staff, Director Aguirre, CM Mary Cheh and Community
When: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 6:30 PM
Where: Chevy Chase Community Center Multi-Purpose Room
5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

AU Campsu Plan: East Campus

One person's perspective on the East Campus Plan from American University. One commenter has shared an early campus plan from 1899.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Proposal for Babes in Tenleytown

DC Metro Urban Diary provides and update for the Babes Billiard site at Wisconsin and Brandywine Street in the heart of Tenleytown. According to the article, the property owner will now seek a 6 story structure via the PUD process.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Woodley Park McMansions

Lydia DePillis updates the new houses at Garfield and 29th Place in Woodley Park.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

NW Current: Threat of razing sparks outcry on Jocelyn

The July 6, 2011 edition of the NW Current has an article entitled "Threat of razing sparks outcry on Jocelyn". The Brady Holt piece describes the efforts of residents in the vicinity of 3901 Jocelyn Street who are opposing the raze permit submitted by developers earlier this summer upon purchasing the 10,000+ lot and house.

Recall the effort in 2007 by Historic Chevy Chase DC to create a historic district in anticipation of the neighborhood centennial. The effort proved to be too controversial and the application was never formally submitted to the Historic Preservation Office.

During the debate, one Historic District supporter suggested or better, warned about a coming "tipping point" in local neighborhood economics:

Rampant teardowns are triggered when a neighborhood reaches a tipping point on land economics. In our neighborhood (20015), the average price for an existing home is about $900,000. As a developer, I have calculated that when a homebuilder can reasonably expect to get about $1,800,000 for a new McMansion, he could afford to pay $900,000 for an existing historic house as if it were a vacant, buildable lot. As recent sale prices on the upper end demonstrate, we are getting dangerously close to this tipping point. And once we hit the tipping point, there is no going back, as has been seen by the rapid demolition of homes in places like residential Bethesda. It is worth setting up protections now, before we reach that point, rather than trying to fix it retroactively.

Given the number of new houses and teardowns on Jenifer Street, Nevada Avenue and Tennyson Street, these words from 2007 seem more prescient than ever.