Monday’s Must Reads

by Shilpi Paul

  • Another development has been proposed for the 14th Street Corridor. — (WBJ)
  • Will Cleveland Park get wider sidewalks? — (GGW)
  • Interested in the future of NoMa? The Building Museum is hosting a talk on the topic in early November. — (Building Museum)
  • The HPRB was not supportive of the plans for Anacostia’s “Big K” project. — (Housing Complex)
  • From ride-sharing to bike-sharing, here are a few of the newest transportation start-ups. — (Post)

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/mondays_must_reads107/7655


  1. Tom A. said at 8:02 am on Monday October 7, 2013:

    Does anyone else feels that NOMA- at least the “central” part of it between north Cap and the tracks and H and New York Ave is becoming a boring neighborhood of 10 story apartment buildings?  And every month, we learn of ANOTHER 300 + unit apartment building going in. I can’t imagine looking back in 25 years and NOT wondering “what were they thinking?”  Isn’t residential diversity the mark of a solid residential neighborhood?  Can anyone explain why in a codo-crazed city like DC, EVERYTHING in NOMA is apartments?  With such a low percentage of homeowners there I can imagine some really interesting neighborhood issues.  By the time it’s built out I can imagine an ANC with 0% home ownership, which is probably not a goop thing.

  1. Anonymous said at 8:35 am on Monday October 7, 2013:

    @ Tom A.

    Downtown neighborhoods are not supposed to be governed by ANC’s.  The NOMA BID takes care of any and everything the neighborhood needs just like the Downtown BID takes care of everything they need.  Sure, having an ANC weigh in is nice and all, but not necessary to be functional as a really dense neighborhood.  NOMA is going to be the densest neighborhood in D.C.  It will be the most vibrant with the best food scene as well when the Capital City Market Area is built out.  Union Market is just the beginning.  NOMA has the potential to be on par with neighborhoods in D.C. and San Fran with densities at 80,000+ people per square mile.

  1. Anon123 said at 11:13 am on Monday October 7, 2013:

    Major cities tend to have high percentages of renters. I do not see the problem. And it’s not as though these are low-end units. Also, there IS residential diversity in the area - the few blocks nearest the Metro will have more density, but beyond that it’s mostly single family homes. That’s as it should be.

  1. me said at 11:31 am on Monday October 7, 2013:

    DC is transient town, so I’m not surprised apartments are in high demand. 

    Do I think that DC being a town full of transients is a good thing? Not at all.  But what can be done about it?  I’m guessing not much. I’m guessing we can stave the migration of people with school age children out of the city by improving schools, but I understand that’s a hard thing to do.  Other than that - I don’t know much else.

  1. Be Frank said at 2:50 pm on Monday October 7, 2013:

    I’m really leaning toward what Tom A. said.  The core of Noma looks really boring and bland to me.  We’re talking the same space between North Capitol and the rail tracks aren’t we? 

    To the south it’s govt buildings, a Uhaul location, and an electrician store. To the north it’s the ATF. The nicest part right now is between the CVS and Harris Teeter.  Of course there is that angled tall building too. Union Market however is on the other side of the rail tracks. What highlights the boring blandness more is the lack of character of most of these buildings compared to the single family homes in surrounding neighborhoods.  It’s landlocked too.  At least, in comparison, all the new tall buildings near National’s Stadium have the waterfront nearby. 

    I would say the more the merrier in DC if people want that that type of housing environment but the idea that a local Bid will take on everything for residents instead of any ANC involvement is repulsive to me on the face:  anyone else want to contract out their citizenship responsibilities? It’s one thing to have a Bid do a lot of work for residents, another totally for an assumption they could fill the role of an elected local political body for citizens.

  1. Rick said at 6:52 pm on Monday October 7, 2013:

    I can’t figure out why we haven’t seen a sports bar in NoMa. Surely a large place with plenty of TVs would do well, especially when you consider there isn’t really a good space on H Street to watch games.

    I don’t understand why developers don’t work together to install some kind of water feature/public gathering space. Pentagon City’s courtyard of shops and restaurants is a model - why not imitate it?

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