Flea Market to end Jan 31….

To those who know the Flea (Thieves) Market at 9th & Florida, you know it has been a pawn shop for many things stolen in the neighborhood. You will be happy to note that JBG the developers of the site, will end the market on Jan 31st and instead provide parking until they break ground on their new 6 story buildings.

Sorry once again an anitquated computer so I need to insert the hyperlinks

DC is growing more than the states! (http://www.princeofpetworth.com/2011/12/dcs-population-grows-2-7-to-617996/) From April 2010 to July 2011, DC gained 16k people or 2.7% which makes it a faster grower than any state. That follows a decade where DC gained population for the first time in 50 years. It seems DC is becoming a mecca for more than politicos. (Of course that could be because we are the only economy growing in the US.) 

More Cab news: Luggage fees (http://www.princeofpetworth.com/2011/12/dear-popville-dc-taxi-luggage-issue/) will end under the terms of the new taxi fee which is nice but why are they using $2.16 as the per mile charge? Are cabs really going to have  pennies to make change?

Beware the lost package! Borderstand has a good article on always requiring signature on packages sent to you. My building has had problems with packages stolen in the past and I wish our building manager would actually collect them for us but to no avail. I end up running an informal doorman service for my neighbors when I see a package. I usually will collect it and then send them a text or note letting them know I have it for them. It’s a good way to ensure safety your your packages and good neighbors.

Neighborhood news: (http://dcmud.blogspot.com/2011/12/affordable-housing-in-shaw-hits-snag.html) Lincoln Westmoreland, the affordable housing development at R between 7th & 9th is fighting a devloper over air rights around it’s complex. I did not know it was a church founded development but I will be curious to see how it works out. Like most affordable housing trends I think less density versus more is the better idea. JBG (http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/print-edition/2011/12/16/jbg-closes-on-753m-fund-to-acquire.html) has closed on $753 Million dollars in financing for their various projects which includes District Condos and the lots along 8th Street at V and Florida.

The Howard Theater progresses despite the trouble the Lincoln is having. The redesign looks great. Hopefully they can keep the operating expenses down to make it profitable – a problem the Lincoln has had. http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=13095 The best idea seems to be that it will not have permanent seats in the orchestra. This is allow it to be used for more functions than the Lincoln.

CaBi http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=12941 is in a delimma over whether to expand existing stations and make them bigger or creative lots of little stations. Expansion costs $13k whereas a new station costs $36k. I like th idea of bigger stations because I believe in most areas their saturation is appropriate but as you move into VA that may be different.

Do we need to curb newspaper boxes? I have said before I woudl like to see more streetside bodegas mostly because I think DC newsboxes are out of control: http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=13021

I am off to the ‘rents tomorrow until next week so please have a great Festivus or whatever holiday you celebrate……

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