Movie theaters are heading back to DC. After a decade of watching theaters disappear, recent development trends indicate the big screen is coming back. (UrbanTurf)
Are traditional downtowns over?
Downtowns are re-emerging as exciting places, but the “traditional” downtown may be a thing of the past. Were baby boomers the last to experience a healthy, exciting downtown? (Switchboard)
Will Metropolitan Branch ever be finished?
The Metropolitan Branch Trail remains uncompleted 21 years after its conception. Property conflicts are still unresolved and DDOT has not begun design plans. (WAMU)
Older transit networks yield more growth
Cities with older rail networks saw greater gains in transit commuting than cities with recently expanded networks. In 2012, 37.8% of workers in DC took transit compared to 33.2% in 2000. (NextCity)
Churches everywhere dislike bike lanes
Another church pastor wants to protect his on-street parking from cyclists. Dr. Mertyl Bowen wants bike lanes moved from 6th to 9th street, claiming 9th is closer to the “bike stands” and Metro. (TheWashCycle)
Makers and takers
With an average income higher than the nation, DC is a city of makers. But stark inequalities also mean many residents must rely on Medicaid and unemployment. Will a minimum wage hike counter that inequality? (City Paper)
DC’s changing demographics
DC’s college-educated residents are spreading throughout the city, while foreign-born residents gather along the 16th Street corridor, according to demographic analysis using the Census’ new mapping tool. (City Paper)