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Breakfast links: What does Petworth need?


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Bus lanes aren't easy: A dedicated 16th Street bus lane makes a lot of sense, but it's really hard to make a bus lane happen. Still, bus service improvements may be the best and most cost-effective way to enhance transit. (Post)

Build your own Circulator: Everyone's getting in on the Circulator action. Park View DC proposes a Circulator route from Petworth Metro to Dupont. What do you think?

The future of DC retail: It's on Georgia Avenue, according to a panel of developers. Residential developers need retail to make their projects vibrant, and unconventional uses like maker spaces may fill some of the gap in demand. (ElevationDC)

Creepy condo: Some Georgetown residents who oppose a condo building next to the "Exorcist steps" say it's because of the view entering the city along the Key Bridge. But isn't that view of a gas station today? (WTOP, @sharrowsdc)

College Park bikeshare delayed: With the Montreal-based manufacturer of Capital Bikeshare equipment bankrupt, plans to roll out 10 stations and 62 bikes in College Park are "in a holding pattern." (Post)

Blades of steel: The District will be replacing the Fort Dupont Ice Arena with a new $20 million skating facility on the same site, next to the recently completed Youth Baseball Academy. The current structure, built in 1976, is DC's only indoor ice rink. (WBJ)

Black soot: DC's trash transfer stations are located in the poorest, most heavily minority parts of the city. Will DC leaders consider environmental justice when deciding where to place another station? (Energy Justice)

Greenbelt gardens: The original design of Greenbelt included community gardens in wooded areas, but forests have grown up around them. Local gardeners are facing off with preservationists on boundary and management issues. (Gazette)

And...: The average price of a DC home may hit almost $1 million by 2018. (WBJ) ... Simultaneous construction of multiple buildings could overwhelm one street in Bethesda. (BethesdaNow) ... DC's annual "Potholepalooza" will kick off in March. (Examiner)

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Sam Sherwood moved to DC in 2007, and has lived on the same block of T Street NW (albeit in two different apartments) ever since. He is a commercial real estate appraiser with Integra Realty Resources, and spends his evenings playing guitar for Mittenfields

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RE: Petworth-Dupont circulator

What would be better than this proposal is implementing the express 90s bus that would go to Dupont, or if they decide on the Dupont-U Street circulator to extend that to Georgia Ave. The 70s bus routes have tons of service - connect that to frequent service on other routes and you can make getting to Dupont easier.

by MLD on Feb 28, 2014 9:05 am • linkreport

I actually don't care which of the various proposals gets implemented but I think a circulator that covers U st to Farragut North area would be well traveled. For me personally the park view route would be most convenient but I'm sure I would use any of them. As of now I just bike down that way if it's above freezing but obviously that doesnt work for many people for a variety of reasons.

by BTA on Feb 28, 2014 9:13 am • linkreport

DC needs to hurry up and fix the potholes so cars can go faster. We're losing a lot of speed camera revenue from cars having to go so slow.

On a serious note, the 14th/16th Street bus corridor is one transit commuter route and the no-boarding problem is just as bad on 14th as 16th below Columbia Heights. It too parochial for ANC 2B to only consider 16th, especially when part of 14th is in ANC 2B.

14th doesn't have the rush hour lanes auto commuters cherish that 16th does and it's the traditional transit route for locals from Columbia Heights and below. Also, it will be the streetcar route so any dedicated lanes on 14th will guarantee dedicated lanes for the streetcar. Dedicated lanes could only be done on 14th from Columbia Heights down but that's where the problem is.

At any rate a plan needs to acknowledge that the transit corridor is 16th/14th and have a proposal or alternative proposals that offer the best and easiest-to-obtain solution to the crisis.

by Tom Coumaris on Feb 28, 2014 9:17 am • linkreport

"I think Georgia Avenue is going to be a great thoroughfare," said Norman Jemal, principal and SVP of Douglas Development. "Not just for cars but for pedestrians. It's got great bones and there's no doubts about where it's going--it's going up."

I couldn't agree more. But what's interesting to point out to those who say historic preservation is a detriment to growth, this developer clearly sees the economic viability of "great bones" - read historic architecture. Obviously, it's a matter of balance, but there's no denying that the quality of a space as defined by its scale and character is directly linked to economic value. The Georgia Avenue street car couldn't come soon enough.

by Thayer-D on Feb 28, 2014 9:30 am • linkreport

A dedicated 16th Street bus lane makes a lot of sense, but it's really hard to make a bus lane happen.

It is only politically hard in the US.

Building a dedicated bus lane is a matter of a couple of buckets of paint, and if you want to really do it well a bunch of bus triggered special traffic lights that keep buses going. All standard fare all across the world.

I could give examples, if only I could figure out how to get those nice html address from the 'new' and 'deteriorated' google maps.

by Jasper on Feb 28, 2014 9:34 am • linkreport

Petworth could really use better public transit connections to Red Line destinations like Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan. There are plenty of north-south connections. We need better ways to connect with neighborhoods not on the Green Line. If Georgia Ave retail really does take off, then there will be a lot of demand to connect these areas that are close geographically but can take ages to travel between by existing public transit routes.

by SL on Feb 28, 2014 10:00 am • linkreport

"DC's trash transfer stations are located in the poorest, most heavily minority parts of the city."

Is there a reason they need to be in the city? Can't we buy some land in Maryland and use that as the District's waste transfer station?

by Adam L on Feb 28, 2014 10:01 am • linkreport

aaa's negative Bill of Rights:

You do not have the right to a view of the gas station.

You do not have a right to a private parking spot on a public street in lieu of bike lanes.

You do not have a right to be free from increased traffic that greater density could bring when you live in a major metropolitan area.

by aaa on Feb 28, 2014 10:02 am • linkreport

I didn't get the post title "what does Petworth need?" References to the S-bus and Park View maybe?

by Andy on Feb 28, 2014 10:16 am • linkreport

I agree that the only real difficulty is political. It really shouldn't be politically difficult in the District, where the majority of residents commute to work by a mode other than car and nearly 40 percent of households do not even own a car. However, the mayor and the majority of the Council drive everywhere for everything and are therefore out of touch with the day-to-day lives of their constituents, apart from perhaps their major donors, most of whom also drive everywhere for everything. Simply put, the average DC resident would greatly benefit from dedicated transit lanes -- completely dedicated by the way, not just at rush hour -- but the elected officials and their major donors are not average DC residents. I guarantee you that Jack Evans, for example, would be completely surprised at how overcrowded Metro Center and Gallery Place are at rush hour and how overcrowded and unreliable bus service on major corridors has become. He would be surprised for the simple reason that he rarely, if ever, takes transit. He drives everywhere, for everything. The same is true of most of his colleagues. Also, for better or for worse, the most car-dependent portions of the City are also the most politically active and have the highest voter turnout.

by rg on Feb 28, 2014 10:19 am • linkreport

Georgia Ave desperately needs functional transportation going E-W across the park. There should be an express bus running from Kennedy St to Friendship Heights, so as to connect the red and green lines via the 79.

by Jim Ed on Feb 28, 2014 10:23 am • linkreport

@rg +1
I don't think we've really had anyone on a level higher than an ANC who really doesn't drive outside of former Mayor Fenty. It's a shame. We should have diversity in our city council/mayorship. Diversity in transit mode, that is. It would be nice if 40% of the council didn't own a car, for example.

by dc denizen on Feb 28, 2014 10:35 am • linkreport

what would be nice is if councilmembers didn't their own parking spaces surrounding the District Building.

by Tom Coumaris on Feb 28, 2014 10:49 am • linkreport

@JimEd - The E2/4 essentially serves that purpose now. Ridership on that route is high, but not high enough IMO to justify a MetroExtra route. A MetroX across Porter connecting Cleveland Park to MtP would be worth considering.

by DCDuck on Feb 28, 2014 11:03 am • linkreport

@DCDuck

The problem with the E2/E4 as currently operated is that it runs through a residential neighborhood via McKinley St, which during rush hour is a disaster. The bus is constantly getting stuck in the narrow streets behind parallel parkers, people getting their kids in/out of cars, etc. My hope for an express bus would just be one that runs straight down Military rd.

by Jim Ed on Feb 28, 2014 11:11 am • linkreport

can I co-sign rg's post? Couldn't have said it better myself. Only addition I have is the Council representative to the Metro board? Also hardly ever takes transit, and therefore is a worthless, if not outright terrible, advocate for the very people she supposedly represents. How can you truly understand the issues facing rail and transit riders if you drive everywhere and refuse to acknowledge the validity of the very data DDOT is presenting that says transit riders are 50% of all users of the 16th street coordinator?

by Birdie on Feb 28, 2014 11:22 am • linkreport

Agree with rg. Councilmembers are elected officials who act as if they're Lord and Lady Grantham. They do not take Metro, walk or bike like the rest of us. Instead, they drive and park where they want - Muriel Bowser parked in a no-parking zone before the last debate. Vote every single one of them out of office.

by Joe Flood on Feb 28, 2014 11:31 am • linkreport

On the Georgia Ave. retail corridor, does anyone know what's up with those bits of the avenue from Varnum to Decatur that are still zoned residential? Any chance those might become commercial in the zoning update?

by DP on Feb 28, 2014 12:29 pm • linkreport

another +1 for rg.

by renegade09 on Feb 28, 2014 12:48 pm • linkreport

Even in its streetcar days, Georgia was a collection of streetcar strips. The kind of retail that lives in those locations is no longer as great or varied as it once was and there are only so many chain or overpriced small plates restaurants to fill the space ala 14th or H Street and much of Georgia lacks the same density as more downtown areas, plus northerly pars of the city are used to shopping elsewhere. The logical place for larger scale retail is probably above Missouri going toward DTSS. In some ways it could emerge as what DTSS isn't in terms of truly mixed uses with adjacent retail, but WalMart and Wegman's will be an odd way to start.

by Rich on Feb 28, 2014 2:58 pm • linkreport

The view may be of a gas station, but you do see more of the cliff now than you would if a multi-story building were put there. That said, the building doesn't look so tall that it would matter much!

by Omar on Feb 28, 2014 4:15 pm • linkreport

No royalty: kings, queens, princes etc.

by NE John on Mar 3, 2014 12:25 pm • linkreport

Tommy Wells often bikes to work or other events.

by David C on Mar 4, 2014 12:07 am • linkreport

Wells never should have tried to pander to the churches. He lost credibility with his base and gained no new voters in any event.

by Crickey7 on Mar 4, 2014 9:17 am • linkreport

Did he pander? He said he would have someone on his staff look into the issue of church parking. Isn't that what he should do?

by David C on Mar 4, 2014 12:01 pm • linkreport

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