DC’s appeals court denied the final appeal from a Ralph Nader-backed group seeking to block the West End library project, which will create mixed-income housing and a new library and fire station. (Post)
Third Church offices going up
Another building delayed by years of contentious fighting had a groundbreaking ceremony: the office building to replace the Brutalist Third Church of Christ, Scientist at 16th and I NW. (WBJ) … Is this a “distinctive church giving way to a bland, ordinary office building” or an “underused, anti-urban shell giving way to a pedestrian-friendly building”? (@ghostsofdc, @beyonddc)
What DC can learn about alleys
Alleyways are making a comeback around the country and in DC, becoming inviting and walkable spaces. However, a Mount Vernon Triangle alley shows that regulations can make it hard to activate a space. (Elevation DC)
In a city with a shortage of condo units, one 84-unit building at 16th and S NW is converting from rentals to condos. Will this be a trend to watch in the rest of the city? (UrbanTurf)
No to Bloomingdale and the District?
Is calling the area around 1st and Rhode Island NW “Bloomingdale” a form of Columbusing? Does referring to DC as “the District” disempower the people of DC? One long-time resident says so. What do you think?
No time soon for transit center
The much-maligned Silver Spring Transit Center won’t be complete until early 2015 as disagreements remain over the concrete beams, The project costs have already ballooned from $26 million to $120 million. (WTOP)