Tuesday’s Must Reads

by Shilpi Paul

A unit at Bishop’s Gate
  • Has DC’s economy peaked? Probably too early to tell. — (Housing Complex)
  • Are some churches in danger of being squeezed out of DC? — (Park View, DC)
  • Are “smart growth” and “urbanism” becoming an insult? — (Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space)
  • Pop-ups in Tysons. — (WaPo)
  • DC’s housing market needs more inventory. Will changing the height restriction help? — (GGW)

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/tuesdays_must_reads730/7384


  1. Godless Heathen said at 9:39 am on Tuesday July 30, 2013:

    The title for the link about the churches is entirely misleading. To repeat the first quote on the linked-to blog since it’s entirely spot-on: “Oh no. A church that pays no property taxes, caters primarily to a Maryland-based congregation and whines about parking despite being located near two Metro stations and a dozen bus lines is leaving the city. Don’t see why this is a problem.”

    Good luck and good riddance.

  1. ^Different Opinion^ said at 10:19 am on Tuesday July 30, 2013:

    People can read the article and comments then form their own opinion.

  1. Zesty said at 10:40 am on Tuesday July 30, 2013:

    ^That is not a well thought out argument. Someone could say the same thing about other non-profits in DC. That they, “pay no property taxes, caters primarily to [a certain segment of the population]”. From a practical perspective, highlighting that an organization is a non-profit (don’t forget that non-profits in DC pay no taxes; EXCEPT those that have unrelated business income) does nothing to bolster your argument or in any way quantifies non-profits contributions to DC as a whole. Irrespective of your personal bias, some religious organizations do amazing work in the city; Christ House, Central Union Mission, and Catholic Charities to name a few (these organizations literally feed, cloth, and provide caseworker services to the homeless).

  1. Zesty said at 10:41 am on Tuesday July 30, 2013:

    My comment is in response to the OP (Heathen)

  1. JM said at 10:41 am on Tuesday July 30, 2013:

    Of course they can form their own opinion, but it’s hard to imagine how it’s possible to form the opinion implied by the description about churches “being squeezed out of DC.” Nothing in the editorial makes any argument about how DC is pushing them out.

  1. mona said at 1:31 pm on Tuesday July 30, 2013:

    No one is being “squeezed” out. They have the option of staying and not paying the 300k. They just like the big money that was offered to them for their real estate. They don’t want their church members to know that they are really happy to be making such a big profit, so they blame the city and accuse them of pushing them out as though they have no choice. They always have a choice. May not like it but it is a choice.

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