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Cheap housing hard to find: New apartment buildings are springing up all over DC, but it can still be difficult to find a cheap apartment. There are a number of reasons why, including policies that make it complicated to use subsidies for low-income renters. (Post)

DC kids not cheap: It costs over $340,000 to raise a child in DC from birth to age 18. That makes it the eighth-most expensive place to raise kids in the US. (WAMU)

Brookland Metro developer chosen: Metro has chosen a developer for the Brookland-CUA station. The winning proposal included the highest number of residential units out of all the bids. (WBJ)

Loudoun locks development: In fast-growing Loudoun County, one couple ran into a roadblock on their plans to sell their property to a developer. The county says that it needs more commercial rather than residential development. (WBJ)

Delivery for the few: Uber is offering a new curbside delivery service in DC, but only to predominately white neighborhoods. Is this a new form of redlining? (Think Progress, Thad)

Metro ready for FBI: Whether the new FBI facility locates in Springfield, Landover, or Greenbelt, Metro says it's ready to handle the new passenger demand. Locating in Greenbelt would generate the highest number of new riders. (PlanItMetro)

Corcoran independent no more: A DC judge has cleared the way for the Corcoran Gallery to merge with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. A group of Corcoran students, staff, and others had fought to stop the merger. (Post)

Restaurant gardens bear fruit: DC area chefs are saving money by cultivating rooftop gardens. The initial investment cost can be high, but restaurants see the benefits of freshness and access to rare ingredients. (WBJ)

And...: France's BlaBlaCar is making carpooling easy while not annoying taxi companies. (Bloomberg) ... To solve problems in Ferguson, should St. Louis City and St. Louis County consolidate? (CityLab) ... Famous works of art are appearing around the DC area. (Post)

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In the long run the need is to provide a sufficient range of housing types and prices for all incomes. Since low income people are needed to fill low paying jobs even in a place like central DC, NYC, Chicago, etc.

by Dave G on Aug 20, 2014 9:03 am • linkreport

I'm n

by dcmike on Aug 20, 2014 9:06 am • linkreport

Wow dcmike you sure have a lot to say LOL

by Dave G on Aug 20, 2014 9:08 am • linkreport

I'm not sure I'm ready to say Uber is doing anything nefarious. It seems the silly corner store service is available in the same places that see the most demand for their transportation service. It wouldn't make sense to have them send a car to Takoma to deliver someone a $2 pack of gum when that car could be generating more revenue moving a passenger instead.

by dcmike on Aug 20, 2014 9:09 am • linkreport

Trying to type on my phone this morning and fat fingered it! :)

by dcmike on Aug 20, 2014 9:11 am • linkreport

The biggest barrier in DC to "low-cost" rentals is Section 8.

Large amount of units, and Section 8 is why we are not seeing rentals in the 1000 to 1500 range.

The cumbersome afforbale housing rules won't help either -- to make money on the "affordable units" you have to jack the price on the others. That is even with a contribution.

Get rid of section 8 housing, and make it easier to turn 50 year old apartment buildings around.

And supply/demand isn't critical for the afforable housing proponents. For their targets, they need rentals in the 300 range which any market is not equipped to provide.

by charlie on Aug 20, 2014 9:19 am • linkreport

The Uber story seems unnecessarily suspicious. They launched the new corner store service by reaching out to their very first adopters - at least that is what it said in the email I received. I think it is safe to say that the early Uber adopters lived predominantly in nicer NW neighborhoods - after all, it was originally a black-car service. So.... overlay a racial map of DC on that and surprise - you get predominantly white. There is nothing nefarious here. Calling it redlining is just unnecessarily inflammatory and inviting a racial debate where there should not be one.

by EH on Aug 20, 2014 9:25 am • linkreport

'"This residential-commercial imbalance has led to high property taxes, strained county services and inadequate infrastructure," Supervisor Shawn Williams, R-Broad Run, wrote in a letter to his constituents'

Even Loudoun, more prosperous than aome other outer suburbs, is facing the cost of sprawl. Even new residential is not financially viable for the County, when you need to have schools competitive with Fairfax and Arlington, and the higher infra costs associated with new sprawl. Commercial saves you the school costs, but how much can they get?

by CrossingBrooklynFerry on Aug 20, 2014 9:27 am • linkreport

To suggest poor communities with over concentrations of poverty and subsidized housing are the reasons why there is a lack of subsidized housing in the city is a slap in the face of common sense.

by 767 on Aug 20, 2014 9:27 am • linkreport

The Loudoun story is tough for all parties but it looks like Miller and Smith were still trying to sprawl out for a county that decided they don't want to do that any more.

But the Kratzkes should have benefitted from a TDR program if the county was going to switch up its land use and put them in the transition zone.

It's funny to see the Kratzkes praise the bucolic nature of their home and then express frustration that they can't get rid of it though.

Meanwhile, Loudoun isn't alone with wanting to discourage more and more single family homes without a commensurate increase in anything else as they're a net drain on county coffers. That's explicit in several jurisdictions.

by drumz on Aug 20, 2014 9:41 am • linkreport

Why does there need to be a Kiss and Ride in Brookland? Thought that was reserved for outer suburban stations.

by Abe on Aug 20, 2014 9:53 am • linkreport

kiss and rides do not take up much space, and are perfect for inner suburban and outer urban stations where many folks will use cars for access but where large park and ride lots ares a wasteful use of land. Examples include Van Dorn, King Street, Braddock Road, and I believe two or three of the new SL stops in Tysons. In DC I think Anacostia. Brookland which has relatively dense nearby areas outside walking distance, I could see kiss and ride working just fine.

by CrossingBrooklynFerry on Aug 20, 2014 10:03 am • linkreport

I don't have a problem with developers building in the great beyond (loudoun) as long as they pay for all of the associated infrastructure (power, water, sewer, roads, schools) and they start a fund to replace all that stuff in 30-50 years, and they make it explicit up front that it isn't fairfax and arlington's job to bulldoze their own neighborhoods to chase the fantasy of a fast drive into DC every day.

by Mike on Aug 20, 2014 10:06 am • linkreport

If I'm in an urban environment, isn't the street the kiss and ride? I always thought the lot in front of King Street with that feature was a waste of valuable space. I guess I don't care that much though.

by Abe on Aug 20, 2014 11:11 am • linkreport

One other thing, a new CaBi station has appeared on Dulany St and Ballenger Ave (near the USPTO and the Courthouse) in Alexandria. I don't know when it appeared, but I just noticed it the other day ... there is not even a notice of it on

by Thad on Aug 20, 2014 11:34 am • linkreport

I think the Kiss and Ride at Brookland/CUA will be less parking than is currently there. That metro station also serves a good area that is beyond walking distance from the station so drop off/pick-ups aren't uncommon. There are also shuttle buses to Children's Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. Brookland is moving towards being more urban, but really it's lots of detached single family homes, so it's not Dupont Circle or Columbia Heights. Of course any traffic snarls would be right at my front door so I'm a little biased.

I wish we were getting the option with the Harris Teeter because I'd love a Harris Teeter within walking distance.

by Kate W. on Aug 20, 2014 12:19 pm • linkreport

And, on my way back from lunch, I noticed another new CaBi station on Eisenhower Ave (across from the Metro, a block or so from the construction site of the new NSF building). Has Alexandria added even more stations? Are they going to announce their existence anytime soon?

by Thad on Aug 20, 2014 1:36 pm • linkreport

And, on my way back from lunch, I noticed another new CaBi station on Eisenhower Ave (across from the Metro, a block or so from the construction site of the new NSF building). Has Alexandria added even more stations? Are they going to announce their existence anytime soon?

They have been posting about these new stations on twitter and Facebook. Usually they only do a news update on new/expanded stations once a month.

by MLD on Aug 20, 2014 1:44 pm • linkreport

Thad, they're on the map as new.

by Mike on Aug 20, 2014 1:45 pm • linkreport

Okay, answered my first question with a little Googling ... Alexandria has installed seven new CaBi stations this month:

~ Eisenhower Avenue at Mill Race Lane (Carlyle Area)
~ Ballenger Avenue at Dulany Street (Carlyle Area)
~ Duke Street at John Carlyle Street (Carlyle Area)
~ Mount Vernon Avenue at East Nelson Avenue (Del Ray)
~ Mount Vernon Avenue at East Del Ray Avenue (Del Ray)
~ Mount Vernon Avenue at Kennedy Street (Del Ray)
~ Potomac Greens Drive at Slater's Lane (Del Ray/Potomac Yards/next door to Buzz Bakery/Rustico)

And according to the LocalMotion website, there is one more on the list: Monroe Avenue at Leslie Avenue. With the new stations on Mount Vernon, the gap between Arlington and Alexandria is pretty much closed.

by Thad on Aug 20, 2014 1:48 pm • linkreport

@Mike & MLD - Thanks! I don't follow CaBi on either of FB/Twitter (esp since before now, there were no stations near either my home or work). Maybe I should start, then I would have known about them on Monday as soon as they were installed.

Honestly, I am glad to see the system being expanded around Alexandria beyond the Old Town core.

by Thad on Aug 20, 2014 1:54 pm • linkreport

"Brookland is moving towards being more urban"

What? Last time I checked, Brookland is in DC, at least the last 57 years I've been here.

by NE John on Aug 21, 2014 1:34 am • linkreport

"becoming more urban" is not the same as "going from suburban to urban." Someplace that is already urban can become more urban.

by MLD on Aug 21, 2014 8:28 am • linkreport

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