Greater Greater Washington

Watch NPR and OK Go move with downtown's edge

When NPR moved its headquarters in April, the music division had little fun with the trip. They called up the band OK Go to make an episode of the Tiny Desk Concert series. The results are pretty cute:

Being a Greater Greater Washington contributor, I couldn't help but notice all of the recent construction and development! You get a great look at the variety of the city as they move from Mt. Vernon Square to North Capitol Street.

NPR's real estate history matches Washington's economic changes over the past 40 years. When it was founded in 1971, its offices were at 16th & I Streets, next to the brutalist First Church, which was the core of DC's declining downtown.

It's first purpose-built offices were on M Street in the West End, which lasted until NPR moved to the then-dilapidated Mt. Vernon Square in 1994. Now that downtown real estate prices spread north and east, they've relocated to a building in NoMa, designed by DC-based firm Hickock Cole.

Neil Flanagan grew up in Ward 3 before graduating from the Yale School of Architecture. He is pursuing an architecture license. He writes on architecture and Russia at цarьchitect

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Enjoyed this.

Can't help but notice that Friday afternoon has become your slot for topics (Virginia, NPR) that are not exactly the bullseye for the target audience here.

Still, appreciated and GGW is the best!

by Jay Roberts on Jul 5, 2013 3:08 pm • linkreport

If we could only get NPR to move to Wards 7 and 8, which could use the investment.

by Randall M. on Jul 5, 2013 3:32 pm • linkreport

At the end, couldn't help but notice that about 75% of the NPR staff watching the shoot is female. Is that reflective of NPR's staff generally?

by noticingthings on Jul 6, 2013 9:20 am • linkreport

Nice cameos by Carl Kasell and Susan Stamberg!

by TJ on Jul 7, 2013 3:49 pm • linkreport

I love NPR and am sure that they could use a modern HQ and broadcast studios. That said, the new HQ suggests that NPR has not lost its political tin ear. House Republicans who have long advocated government de-funding of public radio perceive the new HQ buidlding as an over-the-top Godsend. While government funding is a modest share of NPR's budget (and NPR claims that no federal funds directly paid for the NQ), most member public radio stations are critically dependent on government dollars.

by Axel on Jul 8, 2013 7:18 pm • linkreport

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