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DEMOGRAPHIC & ECONOMIC TRENDS -- 2003

JANUARY, 2003DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
102GowenArlington Cnty Board Chief Targets Blight--Columbia Pike revitalization pushed in panel's kick-off mtg
104DeaneWhat's on DC Region Real Estate Horizon--strong, stable market, more for houses, less for renters
104Staff9-mos Pr. George's real estate trends: unit sales off 10% to 6714, median unit price up 5% to $162.5K
106IrwinDC Planner Altman Backs Urban Vision with Substance--many big and small plans underway (too many?)
107Rein4 Condo Towers Approved for Tysons Corner, VA--Fairfax project uses incentives for residential uses
107LarisLoundoun Cnty Board Adopts Slow-Growth Zoning Blueprint--10-50 acres/home in western part
108WhoriskeyStudy Sees Worsening Shortage in DC Regional Housing--market imbalance fuels cost, sprawl
109IrwinUncle Sam in the Virginia Suburbs--Homeland Security HQ search signals shift in federal approach
111Staff9-mos Ann Arundel real estate trends: unit sales off 16 % to 6444, median unit price up 9% to $179.3K
114MoskDuncan Offers Broad Plan for Montgomery Cnty Transportation--new tax money earmarked for Metro, buses
115CottmanAssessments Soar (46% in 2 yrs) in Montgomery Cnty, property taxes rise unless Council trims rates
118Staff9-mos Howard County real estate trends: unit sales off 18% to 2962, median unit price up 5% to $220K
122FearsHispanic Population Booming in US--Census finds growth oujtpacing blacks': aboutr 37.7M each
122CohnDC Diversity Has Its Ups and Downs--'variety' grows in mid-City, drops East of Anacostia
123CrenshawRich/Poor Gap Grows--Fed Reserve details families' income 3-yr net worth up 10.4%, blcks up 13.1%
125Staff9-mos Calvert Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 21% to 885, median unit price up 1% to $169.9K
128StaffComments on Comprehensive Plan Invited--DC Council roundtable on how to improve long-range plan
FEBRUARY, 2003DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
208Staff9-mos Fairfax Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 8% to15,9955, median unit price up17% to $304K
210Thomas-LesterMore Single, Professional Black Women Adopt New Path to Families--blks 55%; whites 30% frm welfare
215Staff9-mos Pr. Williams Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 11% to 8924, median unit price up 20% to $200K
216ShearVA Officials Looking at 4 Sites for Baseball stadium, from Pentagon City to Dulles, competing w/DC
222LewisWith Purple Line, Transportation Officials Can Paint from Palette of Possibilities--add new transpo mode
224IrwinWhere to Build Next?--As downtown fills in to zoning limits, only way to build is out:: up or down CapSt?
224SpinnerWhere to Build Next?--vacancy rate still low, but DC office landlords worry as it creeps up, but still good
228ShaverMD Intercounty Connector Study Put on Federal Fast Track--expedited review set for road N of beltway
MARCH, 2003DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
301Staff9-mos Arlington Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 15% to 2203, median unit price up 19% to $344.9K
301Staff9-mos Alexandria City real estate trends: unit sales off 11% to 1039, median unit price up 26% to $359K
302EditorHitting the Road Money--cash-strapped gov'ts taking away transpo $: leaders gotta get act together
306CohnCommuters Crossing Lines--Census finds majority employed far from home: 27% of DC wkrs go outside
308Staff9-mos DC real estate trends: unit sales up 34% to 2804, median unit price up32% to $246K
310IrwinSticky Business of Developing DC Land--drama over Wax Museum site: NCRC 'civic good' questioned
313WilgorenStemming a Long Decline--new homes by DCHCD revive 'Cluster 39", but some may be displaced
315Staff9-mos condo sales trends: unit sales up 5% to 12,568, median unit price up 15% to $129K
318ShaverRapid Bus Route Eyed for MD "purple" Link--service could run along Jones Bridge Rd, spare trail
319StaffThe Amazing, Astounding Housing Market--soaring values challenge renters, as owners build wealth
320ShaverDulles Rail Likely to Be Built in Phases--start with $1.2-1.5B of $4B needed for full 25+ miles
322Staff9-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 9% to 13,583, median unit price up 14% to $265K
323EditorGetting Down to Routes--big year for transportation projects: 6-yr Fed act due--gotta decide Purple Line
324IrwinDC Area Economy in a Holding Pattern--local firms adopt wait-and-see attitude, jobs still growing a bit
328DeaneDC Rental Glut Moves Some Developers to Switch to Condos--too many luxury high-end rentals planned
331IrwinVisionary Sees More Changes for DC--city undergoing huge physical transformation, more to come
APRIL, 2003DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
403MoskRevival of a Classic--reopening restored grand old Silver Theater; next step in Silver Spring's rebirth
403MoskDowntown Renaissance--after years of planning, dev efforts, new hopes, issues for aging Silver Spring
405Staff12-mos Pr. George's real estate trends: unit sales off 6% to 9126, median unit price up 7% to $165K
411HsuRegional Leaders Lectured on Traffic--House Gov't Reform Cmte (Davis) vents anger over incidents
412Staff12-Mos Anne Arundel real estate trends: unit sales off 12% to 8535, median unit price up 10% to $182K
416Wiener (Curr)Columbia Hospital Bldg Plan Faces Hurdles--want 200-240 condos to break-even on 2.3 acre site
416Dope (Curr)DC Zoning Commission OK's 125 condos in empty Washington Clinic at 5401 Western Ave-after 2-yr fight
417SnyderArea Commuters Going the Distance--data show some staying close to home: many cross jurisdictions
417CohnOuter DC Counties Among Nation's Fastest Growing--Loudoun and Stafford to better last decade's 16%
419Staff12-mos Howard Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 12% to 3976, median unit price up 10% to $225K
420Firey ltrRemoving Two Roadblocks to Inter county Connector I270-I95: build as thru-toll road, w/o enter/exit ramps
420StaffReasons for Being on the Road--planners want to lower non-work car-trips: only 20% now to/from work
420WhoriskyTyson's Corner 'Downtown' Plan Readied--open questions re density, pedestrian traffic remain......
420Whorisky(cont)......nine new office/residential towers (350' tall max) planned at new Metro Sta: 100K already work there
421HedgpethConvention Center Hotel is Gamble--other city experience cites elusive benefits, hurting other businesses
422ReinFairfax Lowers Prop Tax Rate (5 cents)--homeowners still face higher bills w/double-digit rise in values
426Staff12-mos Calvert Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 14% to 1200, median unit price up 4% to $174.9K
426PhillipsAmtrak Chief Unveils 5-yr Plan--$8B sought to repair infrastructure, NE trains, no service expansion
430Timberg Williams, MD/ VA Governors Puts Heads Together--first mtg in years on security, tourism, environment
430StaffPost 200--provides detailed listing on largest public, private businesses in DC region (and beyond)
MAY, 2003DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
503Staff12-mos Frederick Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 15% to 3484, median unit price up 5% to $176K
505WhoriskeyPotomac River Fears Called All Wet--new VA draw can be supported by reservoirs, sharing
507SalmonWomen Soaring or Struggling, Study Says--paid less than men, some succeed, many w/kids in poverty
508EditorTrio Power--good things can come from working partnership between Mayor, MD and VA governors
509MorenoIt Looks Like Tourism as Usual--after war, security restrictions relaxed in Nation's Capital
510Staff12-mos Fairfax Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 10% to 20,924, median unit price up 16% to $305K
517Staff12-mos Pr. William real estate trends: unit sales up 20% to 11917, median unit price up 18% to $200K
520ChoFairfax Cnty Mandates Affordable Units in Mid-Rise Complexes--wherever over 50 units, or 5 stories high
522BoghdadyDC Now Draw to Retailers--opportunity seen in growing wealth, falling crime: "city's got act together now"
523StaffGroup to Search for Transportation Funds--Gov Erlich forms task force on how to get needed resources
523PearlsteinMoving Closer to a 'Living Downtown'--kudos to mayor and his planners--2200 new units on line by fall
524StraightApartment Transformation--273-Unit 'Belmont Crossing' complex begins new rental life in Southeast
524FleishmanIt's Wheaton's Turn Now--40 yrs past its prime, downtown set to go upscale, catch up with Silver Spring
524Staff12-mos Loudoun Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 4% to 7762, median unit price up 10% to $290.6K
525EditorFlight Plans on the Hill--Congressional attempts to add more flights may be blunted thanks to Norton,Allen
526BredemeierGimmicks Fail to Fill Empty Office Bldgs in NoVa--45 vacant buildings--23M sqft: avg sale=$217/sqft
529ShaverArea Clean Air Plan Skirts Traffic Issue--COG to tighten rules on products/services, punt on traffic exhaust
529WilgorenDC Visits Slipped Again in 2002--28% day-trippers drop-off erases 7% gain in out-of-town overnighters
531Staff12-mos Alexandria City real estate trends: unit sales up 1% to 1535, median unit price up 26% to $K
531Staff12-mos Arlington Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 10% to 2748, median unit price up 19% to $K
JUNE, 2003DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
604IrwinExamining Tech Transfer--region looks to turn public R&D into private business: DC big share?
605DewarSenate Rejects Effort to Curb Base Closings-turns back effort to scuttle new round scheduled for '05
605NakamuraDC Makes Pitch for Hip New Residents--ad campaign touts style, amusements: ConvCntr Expo in October
606IrwinDC Area Added 28K Jobs in April--48K lost nationwide, DC added 1,400, MD, 14,200, VA, 13,400
611ShaverPotomac Bridges Get a Tow Truck--deal by DC,VA aims to speed up clearing accidents
612SheridanDC Region's Immigrants Faring Better than Others--least poverty (10.6%), best language skills (79%)
614Staff12-mos area condo real estate trends: unit sales up 7% to 16,612, median unit price up 16% to $131K
615Grow LtrHOT Idea in Traffic Management--proposing paying to drive in HOV lanes: 'Lexus Lane' could reap $s
616IrwinGrowing Impatience in Betheda--redeveloping 32 acres near White Flint Metro still up to 12 years away
616BarbaroDC Area Low on High Tech--Federal reliance stymies growth: not attracting enough venture capital
617ReinSupervisors Approve Huge Fairfax Project--nine office, apartment towers planned near new Metro Station
619HedgpethAcross Montgomery County, a Different Housing Boom--developers focusing on more multifamily units
619NakamuraShowcasing DC, Selling a Hipper Image--marketing campaign seeks young, upscale residents
621Staff3-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 11% to 2595, median unit price up 17% to $274K
621IrwinEconomic Strengths Belie Area Weakness--those sectors without Fed Gov't ties mirror US Slump
622WhoriskeyPlanned Tysons Corners Towers Add New Dimension to MetroRail Proposal--now # 2 in metro area jobs
623ElBoghdadyShopping for Retail--DC knows it's not easy to lure stores downtown, but BID is trying to match other growth
624LaytonCrescent Trail Eyed for Rapid-Bus Route--Montgomery Cnty panel says Jones Bridge Rd 'won't work'
625Bermpohl (Curr)Ritz-Carlton Residences Brings Latest Blast of Class--hotel + 28 $4M condos at old G'town incinerator
628ShaverMD Highway Officials Take New Look at Connector Options--expedited review aims for OK by 2005
628Staff3-mos Charles Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 5% to 486, median unit price up 13% to $176.1K
628GinsbergCounty Officials Find Funds to Finish Fairfax Parkway to I95--last leg to begin 3 years early
JULY, 2003DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
705Staff3-mos Pr. George's Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 3% to 1920, median unit price up 12% to $176K
712Staff3-mos Ann Arundel Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 13% to 1871, median unit price up 15% to $190K
714WigginsPr. George's Aims to Ease Development--measure to restrict growth in swelling rural south: near Wds7,8
714ElBoghdadyDC Offers Tax Breaks to Boost Downtown Retail Growth--Council OKs $30M tax increment financing (TIFs)
716WigginsPr. George's Slows Push for Growth Restrictions in Rural South--bill's sponsor lacks majority
716ShaverVA to Explore Need for Another Bridge--to study American Legion (Beltway) traffic--not incl. 'techway'
718SchwartzmanMaryland Appeals Court Ruling Won't Derail National Harbor,officials say--billion $ project to continue
719Staff3-mos Howard County real estate trends: unit sales up 7% to 805, median unit price up 18% to $235K
726Staff3-mos Calvert Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 27x% to 260, median unit price up 15% to $184K
730MoskMontgomery Cnty Ponders a Higher Skyline--council may ease limits near metro to add affordable units
731EditorHelp for Prince George's Cnty--new roundtable of business leaders can help PG enhance ec growth
AUGUST, 2003DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
802Staff3-mos Frederick Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 19% to 795, median unit price up 17% to $186.5K
802StaffTenleytown Residents to Protest Redevelopment--don't want apartments near metro station
809Staff3-mos Fairfax Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 21% to 3809, median unit price up 9% to $322.5K
816Staff3-mos Pr. William Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 13% to 2584, median unit price up 21% to $235K
821WilgorenDeep Roots Hold Steady Alongside Blighted Areas in Wd 7--pop'n, hsng units off 10%, MHI up 40% in 10yrs
823Staff3-mos Loudoun Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 77% to 3015, median unit price up 19% to $326.5K
829EditorVDOT's 'Culture Shock"--organizational changes more than cosmetic could help $3.7B, 56K mile task
830Staff3-mos Alexandria real estate trends: unit sales up 91% to 382, median unit price up 12% to $K
830Staff3-mos Arlington Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 15% to 531, median unit price up 16% to $383K
SEPTEMBER, 2003DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
906Staff3-mos DC real estate trends: unit sales off 11% to 818, but median unit price up 15% to $265K
907Noel ltrMore Power to the People--DC Counsel reports low-cost supplier backing out of Pepco contract
908IrwinNeighbors Back Condos at Columbia Hospital--could begin West End transformation: no NIMBYs here!
910WhitlockNational Harbor Eyed for Casinos--MD delegates explore gambling options, including slots at tracks
911LaytonColumbia Pike Gets Bus Equivalent of Subway Service--"PikeRide" to emulate trolley w/better service
912Staff3-mos metro area condo sales trends: unit sales up 15% to 3838, median unit price up 16% to $139.5K
913SantanaBlack Men in DC Need Civic Help, Panel Told--broken homes lead to filling prisons: 70% moms unwed
914MoskPlans Coming Together, Connector Supporters Say--link between I95, I270 finally hitting stride: in 3-yrs?
914GinsbergPr. William May Build Housing for Workers--for teachers, firefighters, etc. being priced out of county
915IrwinNew Office Buildings Need New Workers--downtown office supply keeps growing, a glut in the making?
918Havemann2 More Cities Overtake DC in Population--El Paso, Charlotte push DC to 23rd spot by annexing.....
918Havemann (Cont)....DC population dropped 35K in '90s, but households declined by only 700: less kids, more singles
920Staff6-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 1% to 6607, median unit price up 15% to $287K
923EditorPostmortem--Metro seems to disappear when most needed, bodes ill for worse crises than hurricane
927Staff6-mos Charles Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 1% to 1161, median unit price up 16% to $184.9K
OCTOBER,, 2003DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
1001ShaverWashington Region's Traffic 3rd Worst and Getting Slower--varies with different measures, but bad
1002WilgorenAll Around the Hill, a New Era--changes sweep out from city's historic center on Capitol Hill
1004Staff6-mos Pr. George's real estate trends: unit sales down 32% to 2991, median unit price up 10% to $175K
1005CohnBetter Educated Prof. Minorities Flocked to Wash/Balto Area, Study Says--less educated whites left
1005WgitlockCasinos Getting Ready to Jump into Maryland--state politicos improve odds to OK slots at tracks, elsewhere
1005WigginsDevelopers Urged to Get on Board--Pr. George's trying to promote metro sites rather than Beltway exits
1006IrwinDowntown Office Buildings Selling at a Brisk Pace--viz Pepco building sold for $151K, for $44M profit
1008NakamuraDC Council OKs SW Waterfront Concept--redev can start for : 800 res, 2000 pkg, 233Ksqft retail hotel, etc.
1011StaffVA Governor Warner Offers Help to Save Bases--offers $500K to help communities avoid base closings
1011Staff6-mos Anne Arundel real estate trends: unit sales up off 6% to 3877, median unit price up 14% to $194.5K
1012SchwartzmanPr. George's County's Blacks Not Sharing in Builders' Wealth--not enough minorities part of business
1013IrwinDC Has Big Plans to Revive Waterfront--Council OKs SW plan to connect neighborhood>waterfront
1016WilsonDowntown Business Zone Expands----'golden triangle' expands 2 blocks west:BID adds 2M sqft>29M tot
1016WilgorenTenants, Owners Spar Over Law on Building Sales--advocates say 'loophole' guts renters' rights
1018Staff6-mos Howard Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 30% to 1307, median unit price up 10% to $235K
1019BandowSurprise! Stadiums Don't Pay, After All--franchise owners often win big, city revenues don't balance costs
1020IrwinDevelopers Find Profit in Selling, Not Renting--initial plans to rent change to condo sales: viz Tenleytown
1024StaffBest Buy Store Opens on Wisconsin Ave in old Sears bldg--Container Store coming too, at Metro stop
1025Staff6-mos Calvert Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 5% to 525, median unit price up 19% to $193K
1026Nixon ltrEndangered in Anacostia--Earth Conservation Corps seeks to put blacks to work reclaiming river
1026ShaverCheaper, Faster Way--subtle answers to traffic jams: work at home, synch traffic lights, HOV, E-Z Pass etc.
1026TimbergChecking Out City Life--DC Expo draws prospective DC residents--many DC renters now want to buy!
1028BraniginFairfax Eyes Tax to Fund Extending Rail to Dulles--landowners push to tax themselves for Metro
1031ShaverMD Acts to Modify Environmental Impact of Connector Road--narrower medians, edges, more bridges
1031McCaffreyCalvert Cnty Plans to Limit New Homes--fast-growing county moves to ease congestion, school crowding
NOVEMBER, 2003DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
1101Staff6-mos Frederick Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 8% to 1829, median unit price up 14% to $190K
1102SnyderDC Sprawl Crosses Into New State--80 mi away in PA, a suburb begins to percolate in Liberty Township
1104CohnDC Area Magnet for Bright Singles--young professionals coveted for skills, liberal spending:4th in US
1107SchwartzmanPrince George's OKs Small National Harbor--office space on 534 acre site cut back to 443K sqft
1108Staff6-mos Fairfax Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 8% to 9586, median unit price up 11% to $332.5K
1113WilgorenNeighborhood Portraits--In City's Southeast, a Small Town: describes historic communities East of Anacostia
1115Staff6-mos Pr. William Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 3% to 5797, median unit price up 22% to $235K
1117JenkinsOut of the Driver's Seat--Arlington residents increasingly choose to shift to carless lifestyle (near Metro)
1122Staff6-mos Loudon real estate trends: unit sales up 371% (!) to 14296, median unit price up 19% to $330K
1128EditorTransit 101--with simple improvements, dedicated lanes, buses offer greatest potential for cost
1128AizenmanPr. George's Reaches Out to Hispanics--bilingual workers, translated documents, radio show reflect shift
1129Staff6-mos Arlington Cnty real estate trends: unit sales down 27% to 1056, median unit price up 12% to $379.5K
1129Staff6-mos Alexandria real estate trends: unit sales up 60% to 915, median unit price up 11% to $390K
DECEMBER, 2003DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
1120ReelPreservation Law Puts Leash on Mall Projects--Congress says core is built out, but some will continue
1202GinsbergTraffic Cited in Popularity of Intercounty Connector Plan--'techway' support slips, according to AAA
1203HernandezThree Leaders Map Plans for Region--Bay cleanup, traffic, tourism among issues at Annapolis summit
1203WilgorenDC to Unveil Ambitious Anacostia Waterfront Plan--could take 20 years and $8B on both sides of river
1206Staff6-mos DC real estate trends: unit sales up 2% to 1896, median unit price up 20% to $287.8K
1207TimbergDC Grant to Theater Starts Flood of Funding--mayor's plan has arts groups bustling for their share too
1211WoodleeRacial Remark Reveals Ward 8 Tensions--firebrand vp Ward 8 Democrats calls nominee poor white trash
1213Staff6-mos area condo real estate trends: unit sales up 33% to 10,564, median unit price up 27% to $157K
1215ForgeyLots of Air, Plenty of Space--at Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center, bigger is better for new aircraft museum
1217IrwinMayor Wants DC to Build, Own Hotel--borrowed $460M would pay for 1500-room Convention Cntr Marriott
1219WilgorenDC Population Fell by 5773, Census Says--city doubts it: tax returns up by 39.5K, lost kids account
1220Staff6-Mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 2% to 6730, median unit price up 15% to $288K
1222IrwinChange Around Corner--steep rents, traffic threaten Tysons' Corner status as region's commercial center
1225BlumDC Schools Hindering Capitol Hill Area Rebirth--young families' fears may drive many to move on
1227SchwartzmanGambling is Project's Wild Card--National Harbor, MD, neighbors, county officials vocal, developer mum
1227Staff6-mos Charles Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 6% to 1241, median unit price up 16% to $185K
1230EditorGoing Upscale--massive development planned for Bowie at last: will locals step up to regional growth?
1230LaytonStrained Rail Systems Chart Short-term Relief-new shuttles, walkways, seating considered by VRE, Metro

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