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Brunch links: times they are a-changin' edition

Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of the empty Federal Triangle: The GSA is considering a public-private partnership for the underutilized Old Post Office building. Redevelopment might include restaurants, residences and/or a hotel in place of or in addition to the current government offices (while preserving the building, of course). Eleanor Holmes Norton is pushing a bill to let GSA explore these options. San Francisco Chronicle via Penn Quarter Living.

Atrium at the Old Post Office Pavilion. Photo by Monceau on Flickr.

San Andreas faulty urban planning: The LA Times looks at a future of $200-a-barrel oil. Rapidly rising oil prices "would be the urban-planning equivalent of an earthquake," says a member of the LA City Planning Commission. Via Matthew Yglesias.

Mincing no words in Hawaii: Honolulu's mayor publicly accuses transit opponents of being shills for oil and auto companies. Local Reason Foundation fellows vociferously deny the charge while collecting their paychecks from the foundation, which is backed by oil and auto companies. Honolulu Star-Bulletin via The Overhead Wire.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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Irony. Sometimes the NIMBYs don't know what it is.

The Hawaii rail project cites the following:

"Rail will be an environmental blight, snaking through town as high as 120 feet!"

but then promotes an HOV lane for their freeway that is probably just as tall... lols.

"Rail is noisy!" And a freeway isn't?

by Boots on Jun 29, 2008 1:41 pm • linkreport

If they fix up the post office so I don't have to go through a metal detector to find lunch there, I might actually go back.

by SWBlogger on Jun 30, 2008 3:07 am • linkreport

What SWBlogger said. Or at least make the metal detector and security check more efficient; it takes longer to get through the check there than it does to get through to the food court in the Ronald Reagan building, even though the traffic there is much higher.

by cminus on Jun 30, 2008 9:16 am • linkreport

A bigger problem is that the Post Office Building has the worst retro-mall food courts in the downtown. It one of the most depressing places to eat outside of White Flint.

by Reid on Jun 30, 2008 9:27 am • linkreport

A funny quote from that article:

"NEA Chairman Dana Gioia made it clear the agency wants to remain in the Old Post Office.

"The nation is better served to have its arts agency housed in a masterpiece of American architecture rather than a soulless high rise on K Street," he said in a statement."

While I think the conclusion is a bit self-serving, I still agree with the sentiment.

by Reid on Jun 30, 2008 9:33 am • linkreport

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