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DEMOGRAPHIC & ECONOMIC TRENDS -- 2005

JANUARY, 2005DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
101StraightGarden of Delight--Elm Gardens near Takoma Metro Sta. offer reserved pkg, metro, 2BR,690sqft@$1K/mos
101Staff9-mos Charles Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 12% to 2290, median unit price up 20% to $230K
102WilgorenDC Planner Takes Command of Anacostia Waterfront Project--land-use around stadium high priority....
102Wilgoren(cont)....Project takes other senior planners as well--Griffin, King, Brandes, Howard,Price: Ellen McCarthy interim OP
102WhoriskeyIn Upper NW, CapHill, More Highchairs--richer, whiter births up 36% to 1293 ('02v'94), rest off 33% to 6300-
103CostonBeyond Amtrak--fed funding for trains should match highway/airways approach: mainly infrastrux investment
105GinsbergEnvironmental Group Backs MD Connector--opponents say wetlands threatened, 'sprawl' expanded
106CraigMD Home Valuations Rise Sharply--DC, VA expecting double digit jump: tax increases variously capped
106IrwinArea's Economy to Fly, But Not as High--$299B GRP to grow 4% in '05; 83K new jobs: traffic, hsng$ worries
107GinsbergAs Hybrid Cars Multiply, So Do Carpooling Gripes--HOV users see more congestion til exemption expires
108Staff9-mos PrGeorge's Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 14% to 7902, median unit price up 15% to $210K
109WilgorenCurtain Coming Up Again on Columbia Heights--community copes w/big changes as Tivoli theater re-opens
112WigginsCounty Restricts Residential Growth--subdivisions limited/banned in rural southeastern Pr. George's for 1 year
115Staff9-mos Howard Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 9% to 3399, median unit price up 21% to $306.9K
115ShaverFortunes Shift for East-West Rail Plan--Purple Line Stalls, Connector Thrives: shameful politics or good sense?
115StraightFit for King--'Sovereign Square' @ Mt. Vernon Sq. luxury high-rise w/parking: 2BR, 1Ksqft@$2.1K/mos
117Irwin....'revs/available room up to $86; inauguration brings $44M, 39 big conventions coming v 21 in '04, etc.
117IrwinHospitality Industry Expects Strong Year--inaugural boosts start but rates, occupancy, visitor trends all up...
119JoyceDC Hotel Workers Ratify 3-Year Pact, End Strike Threat--3500 employees keep health benefits
119ShaverNew Study Proposes Connector Alternatives--environmentalists assail MD research on pollution
121HedgpethFannie Mae Quits Southwest Office Deal--Waterside Mall reversal rocks renewal planners at metro stop
122Staff9-mos Anne Arundel Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 11% to 7634, median unit price up 23% to $K
122CastenadaNo Reason to Move--residents loyal to Silver Spring's Claridge House (1-BR 960sqft for $1075 + $35 to park)
123Watts/CoxKeeping the Region Rolling Will Take: responsible VA lawmakers, better $-management at Metro
126StaffMeetings on Future Growth Kick Off--DC Office of Planning holds first of four public meeting re Comp Plan
126MilloyOut from Under the Thumb of White Bias--puzzles over "reverse racism" of blacks relative to whites
129AbruzzeseDowntown Delight--Lansburgh residents enjoy urban renewal (1-BR, 829 sqft, up to $2643+$195 to park)
129Staff9-mos Calvert Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 3% to 1117, median unit price up 18% to $235K
FEBRUARY, 2005DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
119Kain(Curr)Low-Density Zoning--high-end neighborhoods want new low-density zoning category to avoid overbuilding
119Shah (Curr)DC Sets Gold Standard for Global Real Estate--DC picked as top choice for new investment worldwide
119O'Donoghue (Curr)Panel Gives Nod to Tenley Library Redesign--radical design gets only limited praise
120HsuHistoric Capitol Hill Faces Unchartered Future--security needs, barriers, business boom reshape area
126Kain(Curr)Study Authors Investigate Options to Reduce Wisconsin Ave Congestion/Accidents--what about future?
126Kain(Curr)Officials, Residents Can't Agree on Wisconsin Ave upgrade--DDoT 4th option still not in synch with OP plan
201SpivackRising Price of the American Dream--Montgomery's Sizzling 65% increase in Property Values Leads MD....
201Spivack(Cont)....PG = 40%;Anne Arundel 48%; Frederick 56%; Howard 49%; Charles 47%; Calvert 50% in three years
201LarisNVA Home Values Double Since 2000: job market, housing demand cited--massive increase in spending
201Weiss'01-'04 DC Home Value Rise Has Downside in DC--affordability, tax burden are concerns: poorer areas +39%...
201Weiss(Cont).....rises 130+% in Shaw, Logan/ DuPont Circles, Capitol Hill, Columbia Hts. '03-'04, homes up 18%, condos 23%
202Kain(Curr)Consultants Hear Wisconsin Ave Worries--now adding dubious mid-block crossways, Tenley Circle rework
203WoodleeIs NE Deanwood Area Getting Too Much Religion--many new churches spur traffic complaints, need for curbs
203SpivackAt Strathmore, Suburbs Take Another Bow--Montgomery among counties with major performing arts venues
203KovaleskiFrustrated Neighbors Want City to Play Ball--residents hope use of stadium will bring infrastructure repairs
204WhoriskeyMajor Expansion Set for Tysons Corner--2M sqft office, 600 apts, 120-rm hotel, 19-story bldgs: pegged to Metro
204ShaverSouthern Route OK'd by Planning Commission for 18-mile, 6-lane, $2.4B Montgomery-Pr. George's connector
205Staff9-mos Frederick Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 9% to 3351, median unit price up 21% to $238.5K
206SpivackMontgomery Celebrates Strathmore--luminaries attend opening night of $100M music center
206KotkinRule Suburbia: We Love it There-- US suburban office space grows apace: viz Bethesda around Metro
207IrwinLocal Economy Challenge--16 Expert Business Guesses for '05: DC 7.9% jobless, 81K regional job growth
208EditorA Bauble for the Suburbs--2000-seat Strathmore center shows stature growth for suburbs: long may they prosper
209Natter(Curr)Tenley Circle Work Brings Gripes Over Notice--year-long reconstruction comes w/o warning, UWACS decisions
209GreenbergltrStudy Should Curtail Proliferation of Automobiles--cap off street, residential parking, more meters, etc.
209Kain(Curr)ANC Offers Approval to "Dunmarlin Homes"--46 homes on 16.2 acres on east slope of Foxhall Road
210StaffDC to Haymarket VA Rail Service Proposed--$123M needed to extend VRE 11 miles out, relieve I-66
210CauvinSeeking to Tower Again--developers hope once stylish Wingate Apts can be new model for urban housing
211WhoriskeyDulles Toll Road Users Balk at Rail Levy--25-cent boost for Metro extension to help raise $4B
211StaffColumbia Heights Ground-breaking Today--153-unit new condo/stores to have 30 affordable units at Metro
211ShaverConnector Plan's Bond Financing Criticized--legislative report cites drain on other projects: takes 25% of total
212SalmonNew Vision for Freddie Mac Foundation--veteran criminal prosecutor takes reins w/promise of full review
212StraightAir of Elegance--luxury at the Avalon at Gallery Place: high end, high style: 1 BR= 606 sqft, @ $1600/mos
212Staff9-mos Fairfax Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 19% to 13430, median unit price up 18% to $405K
213WilliamsWal-Mart Looks to Prince George's--Landover Hills, Upper Marlboro sites considered for 1st inside Beltway
214HedgpethCommercial Real Estate Report--investors envision vibrancy in Anacostia's bleak corners, signs of change
214WeissChiseling Away at Chinatown--traditional businesses pull out as DC community booms: chain restaurants, etc.
215WilliamsonFrederick Residents' Protests Nix Plan to Expand Historic District--opponents say brand adds time, expense
216Natter(Curr)ANC Pushes for Delay of Tenley Circle Job--communication failed despite Ward-level DDoT planner
216WhoriskeyToll Increase for Rail Encounters Resistance--East-West split arises in VA tech corridor, decision deferred
216GinsbergNew Tolls, Not Taxes, Favored for Area Roads--poll respondents differ on how to assess fees
216MoskRosecroft Deal Collapses Under Pr. George's Slots Opposition--bidder forfeits $500K deposit
217SheridanHispanics Finding New Homes--pushed by costs, some immigrants leave NW for NE, East of Anacostia
217SpivackAppeals Normal, Despite Higher Assessments--officials say MD homeowners know real estate market did it
217WeissDC Renters Vent Anger over Housing Crunch--Council told of landlords bypassing rules: 161K rental units
217ShearVATransportation Proposals Falter--Senate panel rejects car-tax relief, bills to raise funds, raise traffic fines
217GooBush Administration to Transform Amtrak--DoT Sec says 'focus on trains,not track: avoid bankruptcy'
217LeonnigHazardous Materials Rerouted in District--CSX denies misleading city, files suit: could double route length
218HsuMayor Williams Criticizes Rerouting by CSX--Hazmat security called double standard re Congress, residents
218Staff1st Bldg in new $424M Capper/Carlsburg Complex Begun--707 public hsng, 150 affordable, 710 market units
218WhoriskeyFees Rising for Dulles Toll Road--50 to 75 cts at gates: Metro plan may force another boost in 2010
218HedgpethBethesda Shopping Centers Up for Sale--but dearth of details worries Westwood tenants
219Staff9-mos Prince William Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 27% to 12939, median unit price up 25% to $300K
219SiegalGood-Natured Place to Live--Fairfax's Post Forest offers woods to walk in, helpful staff: 1 BR=630 sqft @ $1160
219LewisFuture Growth Likely to Transcend Tabletop Solutions--"Reality Check" too abstract, ignores transportation
220Schwartz ltrWe Can't Pave Over Our Mobility Problem--$203B wish list unreal: gotta do much more convincing first!
221HedgpethGSA Plans Give MD Brokers Cause for Worry--new campuses for FDA, Census leave big vacancies behind
222SnyderRosecroft Racetrack Again Left in Dust--ailing Pr. George's track loses 3rd suitor in 2 years over slots ban
223SalmonArea Nonprofits Play Large Economic Role--charitable groups generate billions;employ hundreds of Ks
223StaffRep. Davis Wants Hazmat Ban Overturned--asks Surface Transportation Bd to declare DC ordnance invalid
225WeissDC's Assessed Values Up 14.6%--increases highest in poorer areas like Petworth, Columbia Hts
226Staff9-mos Loudoun Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 136% to 17,219, median unit price up 22% to $K
226StraightBallston Surprise--Little Birchwood is hard to find, harder to grab: cozy complex: 1B = 720sqft@$1295+60 prkg
228StaffJustice Department Fights City's Rail Ban--says DC is interfering with federal regulations on hazmat transport
228GInsbergRoad Funding Not Enough for NVA, Some Say--$35M of state's $848M 'doesn't put dent in long-term needs'
228BarbaroAt Hecht's, Tradition Comes Up Short--regional store chain can't beat high-end or discount contenders
228EditorTaking New London--Supreme Court hears issue of eminent domain for ec dev: don't second guess city!
MARCH, 2005DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
301ReinFairfax Proposes Drop in Property Tax Rate--officials debate how to counter 23% in residential assessments
302CraigMontgomery Council Votes 6/3 for Connector Road--EPA raises doubts on 18-mile highway
303ReinTwo County Leaders Pledge Policies on Affordable Housing--admit 'hermorrhaging affordable places to live'
304LarisLoudoun Housing Limits Reversed--VA court opens door to western growth: 50K new houses may soon be built
305Staff9-mos Arlington County real estate trends: unit sales up 19% to 2198, median unit price up 21% to $465K
305Staff9-mos Alexandria real estate trends: unit sales up 82% to 2717, median unit price up 25% to $500K
305SiegalSelborne House, Made for Walking--PG locale welcomes low-inc self-sufficient seniors: 1BR=514sqft,$550max
310CohnDC Population Shows Some Gains/Losses '00>'04--biggest drops in young and old: counter to US trends
312SternsteinOutside the Bustle--Crystal City's Hampton Apts provide easy access to DC: 1BR=790sqft, $1225
312Staff12-mos DC real estate trends: unit sales down 20% to 2903, median unit price up 2% to $316K
313WhoriskeyMetrorail Deal Could Double Development Near Tysons--special taxing district could raise $400M of $1.5B tab
319Staff12-mos Regional condo sales: unit sales off 5% to 18,476, median unit price up 24% to $207.5K
319ForgeyGeorgetown Riverfront Bldg Mirrors Industrial Evolution--new condo over old powerplant is too 'historical'
320EditorSmoke-Free DC: Round 2--restaurant ass'n killed indoor smoking ban: surely council can do better this time
321Hiatt OpEdLet the Mall Grow--new Nat'l Mall Third Century Initiative suggests expanding Mall: an idea worth pursuing
323HaggertyMedian Sales Price Tops $300K over Region--'02: $240K; '03: $279.9K; '04: $329.3K (DC>$316K)
323StaffAgreement Signed for Supermarket in SE--Giant Food to locate at 25-acre Camp Simms: + 75 houses
326Staff12-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 9% to 16408, median unit price up 19% to $365K
326FeldmeierFavorite Balcony Scene--Hamilton House amenities on NH Ave top the bill: 1BR=680sqft, $1650+$225pkg
328IrwinDeveloper Bets on Condos in Anacostia--300 line up for modest units to sell for $175K (1BR) to $230K(2BR)
APRIL, 2005DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
324WilgorenField of Dreams Blvd--baseball spurs redevelopment plans for SoCapSt corridor: change face of area
329WagnerMD House Agrees to Funding on Stem Cells--approval seen as backing for Maryland's biotech industry
329StaffDC Vacation Costs Second Only to Hawaii--according to AAA, avg 2x2 family would spend $441/day
402HookerFit for Man or Beast--Meadows Apts at Russett prove pet-and people-friendly (1BR=796sqft:$1190)
402StaffTrash Plan Aims to Help Potomac--DC and 5 counties sign trash treaty--make river trash-free by 2013
402Staff12-mos Charles Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 11% to 3098, median unit price up 24% to $237K
403Vincent ltrOff Track and On: Rail to Dulles is a Boondoggle--increase in ridership to be tiny compared to elsewhere
403GooPrivacy Advocates Criticize Plan to Embed ID Chips in Passports--could be used to single out victims??
403Dyson ltrOff Track and On: Helping Metro Helps Everybody--83% of commuters don't use metrorail: gotta do better
404ClockGetting Around the High Cost of Living--RV dwellers find affordable housing in pricey suburbs (in a few sites)
405StaffPark Service Renames Memorial Unit--Nat'l Capital Parks becomes National Mall and Memorial Parks
408StaffLegal Showdown Likely Between CSX Rail Firm, DC--issue over right to deny transit by certain trains
409AbruzzeseMixing Work w/ Pleasure--Ashton Woods residents like outdoors, business cntr (1BR=826sqft@$1149)
409Staff12-mos Pr. George's real estate trends: unit sales up 33% to 12,823, median unit price up 22% to $222K
410CraigTownhome Prices Rising Out of Reach (over $660K)--Montgomery County report warns middle class
410WilgorenDC Starts Dealing to Buy Up Skyland Tracts--some owners fight redevelopment by NCRC
410GinsbergRoad Projects Rekindled as Security Needs--long-sought links now pushed as key to mass evacuations
412WhoriskeyProperty Owners' Burden Rising--area home taxes foot bigger share of gov't costs--40+% for some, DC, 10%
413GowenClose on Horizon: Plans for Taller Rosslyn--Arlington backing 39 story bldg 484 ft tall (WashMon=555 ft)
415CohnDC Area Continues Strong Growth--1 in 4 settled in Loudoun: region pop'n up 380K in 4 yrs, DC down 18.5K
416Staff12-mos Howard Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 7% to 4518, median unit price up 21% to $311K
416StraightUp & Down Connecticut--Park Connecticut Apts: busy street in front, Rock Creek in back (1BR=675sqft@$1520)
416WagnerMD Stem Cell Bill's Last Gasp--proponents couldn't break through Maryland Senate GOP filibuster
417DeaneIn Real Estate Fever: More Signs of Sickness--some economists warn of housing bubble: on 'edge of blade'
419LeonnigJudge Won't Block DC Ban on Hazmat Rail Shipments--says DC entitled to protect itself from catastrophe
420CauvinCourt Orders Delay in Hazmat Rail Ban--federal appellate judges want more time to delve into issues
421MusgroveAcela Trains May Return by Summer--service restoration to be gradual as AMTRAK makes repairs
422MontgomeryCensus Bureau Expects District Will Dwindle--down to 433K by 2030? DC hopes to grow to 712K: who's right?
422WhoriskeySoaring View of Tyson's Centers as a Downtown--new coalition wants even more growth: 250' hts around Metros
423Staff12-mos Ann Arundel real estate trends: unit sales up 9% to 10453, median unit price up 22% to $253K
423CastenedaCentral Attraction--Twin Towers puts walkers within reach, comfort/convenience (1BR=850sqft@$1075+$75pkg)
424BarrOutcry Rises as Levy on Montgomery Property Also Increases--assessments up by 63%, but not services
428LeonnigJudges Doubt DC Right to Ban Hazmat--Appeals Court shares concerns for safety, but may lack authority
429GinsbergBeltway to Get VA Toll Lanes--two private firms will fund $900M widening to ease congestion
430Staff12-mos Calvert Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 2% to 1478, median unit price up 17% to $237.5K
430HookerUnassuming Charm-- the understated Roberta is a modest Northwest DC find (1BR=750sqft@$900+$65 pkg)
 
MAY, 2005 DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
501 Richardson ltr Building a Community as Well as a City---doesn't believe DC listens to neighborhood residents (!)
503 Editor Off Track--Amtrak trains cost taxpayers too much: eliminate national, focus on intercity: Congress wrong
504 Montgomery Gays in DC May Not File Joint Returns--CFO Gandhi's tax ruling could end up in court, based on fed law
504 Staff New Housing Unveiled at Ft. Belvoir--first of 15 military neighborhoods w/1850 sqft, 3BR homes @$1400/mos
504 Hedgpeth DC Delays Plans for 10-acre Old Convention Center Site--issue of reserving space for hotel: mayor's choice?
506 Pearlstein Loudoun's Way to Lure Employers--bedroom community changing: seek tax base 25-30% non resident
506 Staff DC Might Buy Troubled Sursum Corda for $12M--as HUD moves to foreclose 167 low-income units
507 Abruzzese Not Overlooking Details--Loudoun's 33-acre Overlook Cascades caters to 360 owners,pets (1BR@740sqft=$995)
507 Staff 12-mos Frederick real estate trends: unit sales up 6% to 4383, median unit price up 21% to $241K
509 Hedgpeth Market Microcosm--NVA commercial real-estate vacancies down from 26.5 to 19.4 sqft since 1Q03: DC best
510 Ginsberg DC Area Traffic Creeps Toward Nation's Worst--69 hrs delay/yr nears 72 hrs for San Francisco; 93, hrs LA
510 Barker Seeing WWII Again for First Time--memorial's beauty moves new visitors 60 years after V-E Day
511 Paley Region's Fringes Draw "New White Flight"--Calvert Cnty goes white 63%>86%, PG black 15%>65% in 35 yrs
511 Wilgoren Environmental Refuge Planned for DFC--ultramodern ed center would rise on Anacostia's Kingman Island
512 Murray Senate Approves More Highway Funds--exceeds Bush cap and House mark-up by $11B at $295B
512 Musgrove Acela Brake Flaws Posed Big Risk--Amtrak chief inspector says cracks could have caused major accident
512 Fernandez Capital City Caught Up in Mad Dash for Safety--as tiny aircraft violates space, capital police go all out
513 Musgrove Amtrak Faces Serious Cash Crunch, Senators Told--wants $1.86B subsidy for '06, most for maintenance
513 Tyson Fewer Major Bases Expected to Close--DoD would cut base capacity <10%, but save $49B in 20 yrs
514 Hsu Pentagon Plans to Close 180 Sites, Shift Area Jobs to Outer Suburbs: MD, VA gain, DC loses Walter Reed
514 Staff Base Realignments and Closures--DoD to relocate thousands of military/civilian jobs in area (DC:-6500)
514 Davenport Winners and Losers--Thousands of new jobs for MD, VA--Naval Med Center, Ft. Belvoir would grow
514 Levine Community Fears Loss of DC Institution--Walter Reed opened in 1909, admits 14K patients yearly
514 Staff 12-mos Fairfax Cnty real estate trends: unit sales down 21% to 17,894, median unit price up 19% to $415K
514 Tyson Military is Consolidating Into Large Installations--reshuffling of forces would create big multi-service bases
514 Allen Legislators Scramble to Reassure Constituents--BRAC process in early stage, legislators stress
515 Whoriskey Tysons Transformation Will Be Daunting Task--mall's location, size (doubling buildings) thorny factors
516 Staff By the Numbers--Unemployment in DC Up to 8.2%: Ward 5=10.6%; Wd 6= 9.4% Wd 7=9.5%, Wd 8=15.4%;
516 Duggan Years Later, WWI Fallen Etched in Memory--heros recalled at 70th annual tribute to DC war dead
516 Hedgpeth Military Moves: Leases in Line of Fire--proposed shift in Defense workers to alter office market
517 Editor Renewal or Removal--mayor's "new communities" plan to target DC's worst 9 areas: don't destroy to save
517 Tyson Pentagon Questioned on Base Closings--panel probes recruitment impact: won't rubber stamp Pentagon
518 Solomon (Curr) Fate of Walter Reed Draws Mixed Reactions--some doors close, others open with greater opportunity
519 Hsu Pentagon Aims to Disperse Facilities--Rumsfeld's strategy for capital region embedded in report
519 Wilgoren Closing Walter Reed Seen as Loss of Notable Neighbor--century-old installation on 113 acres would be missed
519 Davidson 5-Story Parole Building Plan for Benning Road Stirs Outcry--Ward 7 neighbors fear scaring off developers
520 Dvorak Tourism Rising in DC--so are Hotel Prices--DC daily rate ($166) 2nd to New York--occupancy near 73%
520 Hsu 2010 Closing Projected for Walter Reed--commission members question moving 1000's to Belvoir
520 Straight Lofty Living--new "Loft 590" in Arlington gets premium rents (1BR@700+sqft=$1680+$90park1, $120park2nd)
520 Editor Absorbing the Pentagon's Shock--painful price ($49B over 20 yrs) but deserves support, resist parochialism
521 Staff 12-mos Pr. William Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 25% to 15,997, median unit price up 26% to $303K
521 Staff Walter Reed Property Requested for City--Fenty asked property from Army: BRAC channels established
523 Hedgpeth No Scarcity of Suitors for Walter Reed Site--complex is coveted for its location, size by planners, developers
524 Salmon US Aid Urged for Belvoir Plan--Fairfax cites transportation needs of proposed 18,000 job expansion
524 Williams Outgrowing DC--black-owned companies often find advantageous sites in the suburbs, desert city
524 Staff DC Wants Hearing on Base Closings--mayor wants hearing here on Walter Reed, Bolling/Navy District cuts
525 Barbaro DC Bill Clouds Sales Pitch to Big Box Stores--would limit 15% of uses over 80K sqft to non-taxed items (?)
525 Staff Norton Bill Seeks Land Along Anacostia--wants 'Reservation 13' and 'Poplar Pt' ownership transferred
527 Lengel District Residents Decry Plan to Close Walker Reed--serious impact on Georgia Ave, jobs
528 Staff 12-mos Loudoun Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 18% to 11,935, median unit price up 22% to $420K
528 Editor DC and Jobs--disconnect between jobs and unemployment--skilled jobs available, not for unskilled
530 Hedgpeth Pr. George's Pursues Federal Agencies--officials urge large scale developments around Metro stations
530 Moreno Pr. William Shifts Strategy for Struggling Office Park--over 33% of 1500 acres still vacant (post-dot-com drop)

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JUNE, 2005 DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
601 Pierre Crash Course in Deal-Making--one group of DC tenants chooses to look beyond quick sale, fix apt house
601 Solomon (curr) Walter Reed Hears Opposition to Recommendation for Facility's Closing--needs major upgrade
604 Editor DC and Jobs (cont)--DC residents fill only 1/3rd of 672,400 jobs--Mayor's 'Way to Work' bill won't work w/o skills
604 Siegal Mid-Rise Overlook--settling in with new landlord at Tyson's Corner 'Post Tysons':(1BR@624sqft=$1280)
604 Staff 12-mos Alexandria real estate trends: unit sales even at 1918, median unit price up 23% to $499.5K
604 Staff 12-mos Arlington real estate trends: unit sales up 11% to 2824, median unit price up 18% to $465K
609 Cohn Hispanic Growth Surge Fueled by Births in US--half now under 27, 6M Hispanics = 49% total US growth '00-'04
609 Hsu COG to Study Impact of Pentagon's Base Plan: DC, Arlington, Alexandria would lose jobs under BRAC plan
610 Editor Planning a DC Jobs Policy--'Way to Work' must include HS vocational training: why isn't DC top staff 51% local?
611 Staff 12-mos DC real estate trends: unit sales down 21% to 2903, median unit price up 12% to $316K
611 Hsu Norton Asks Leaders to Hold Off Carving Up Walter Reed Property--decries 6000K job loss (?)
611 Abruzzese Chatham Commons in Sterling--offers open space, roomy apartments (2BR@872sqft=$955) w/free pkg
611 Wilgoren 125 Acres to be Offered in NW--Armed Forces Home to lease, sell to developers for residential/commercial
611 Chediak Worker Shortage to Hit Region, Study Shows--inadequate blue and white collar skills in local market
612 Ginsberg Determined to Rise to Challenge--daily on Wilson Bridge, workers juggle details, decisions: big article
612 Crane/Greenltr Vehicle to Fill Transportation Gap--would be sensible public policy to make car-sharing more productive
612 Ruane Clear and Present Danger--describes progress in building big new Wilson Bridge: excellent pictures
618 Staff 12-mos condo real estate trends: unit sales off 5% to 18,476, median unit price up 24% to $207.5K
618 Wiggins Building Limits May Be Relaxed--Pr. George's law re adequate fire/police now blocking all projects
619 Dvorak Gliding Roughshod Over Convention--policymakers wonder how to regulate segway riders/tourist rentals
622 Birnbaum Road to Riches is Called K Street--lobbying firms hire more, pay more to influence federal government
623 Ryan Rising $19M Anacostia Project Seen As Catalyst--63K sqft retail/office at MLK/Good Hope, remove blight
624 Lane Supreme Court Justices Affirm Property Seizures--5/4 ruling backs forced sales for private development
624 Nakamura Supreme Court Ruling Pleases DC officials--SE properties sought for stadium and new Skyland mall
625 Straight Built for Independent Seniors--Hunter's Park in Arlington affordable/convenient (1BR@525sqft=$750up)
625 Staff 3-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales down 23% to 2145, median unit price up 18% to $323K
625 Craig 65 Affordable Housing Units Slated for Bethesda--"lot 31" to include 150 condos, apts, retail, parking
626 Haynes Public Voices Concerns over Draft DC Plans to Ease NY Ave Traffic--free over looks, lost business
626 Mitchell ltr Historic Old Naval Hospital, Condition Critical--buiilt in 1860's in terrible shape: renovate for community use?
627 Athavaley $200M Needs to Fix Federal Transportation Building--5500 employees to move out in '07 to Navy Yard
627 Rein Commuter Behavior Key to MetroWest--Farfax may downsize new extensions if commuters won't use trains

 
JULY, 2005 DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
702 Radcliffe ltr The Truth about VRE--railroad need to step up and take responsibility for more than collecting fares
702 Whoriskey No Pushovers at Tysons Meeting--with encouragement from Fairfax, cvic group questions developers
703 Ruffin ltr A Boom that Could Bust Some Home Owners--homes costing $99K now assessed at $224K: how keep up?
706 Wiener (curr) National Cathedral, Sidwell School About to Build Underground Garages--will tie up Wisconsin Ave traffic
707 Staff Howard County Council Backs Housing Slowdown--3/2 vote rejected annual request for planning
709 Arbruzzese In Step with Service--Keswick Park Community cultivates real caring 9n Anne Arundel (1BR@700sqft=$1200)
709 Davenport MD Eager to Embrace Jobs under Base-Realignment Plan--Sen Mikulski urges panel to keep agency
709 Lewis OpEd In Eminent Domain Case, Court Gave Currency to Argument about Obsolete Properties--outdated uses
709 Staff 3-mos Pr. George's real estate trends: unit sales off 22% to 2353, median unit price up 29% to $253K
710 Schwartzman Boom Creeps into Ivy City--real estate investors bet on blighted NE neighborhood: may be rebuilt
710 Spivack Rising Tempest Confronts Howard County Growth--developers meet resistance: shows new surge in activism
711 Neibauer Hey, VA, Hands Off our Jobs--Cnclmbr Catania says DC should prepare for BRAC impact from MD,VA
711 McCarthy Defense Firms Consider Move--jobs may follow Pentagon changes: contractors scouting space elsewhere
712 Wilgoren DC Court Is Urged to Force Property Sale--NCRC wants to replace run-down strip of shops at Skyland
712 DeFord Howard County Proposal Would Preserve Rural Land--reduce building to 1 per 10 acres, v 4.25 acres now
712 Ginsberg MD Approves Intercounty Connector Route--federal, state hurdles remain for $2.4B highway: long story
713 Editor One Step Closer--55 years since NCPC suggested "Outer Beltway", intercounty connector show signs of life
713 Trejos Montgomery County Postpones Vote on Height Limits--new proposal would restrict houses in Southern County
714 Davenport Analysis Finds Base Plan Could Add Traffic--upticks in pollution, housing demand expected w/relocation
714 Hedgpeth Marriott, Billionaire RL Johnson to Build Hotel--plan would use site next to Convention Center mayor prefers
715 Pearlstein Big Projects' First Resort for Financing: Ask Mayor Williams--stadium, medical center,get taxpayer subsidies
715 Hedgpeth Mayor Gains Another Ally for Hotel Site--Convention Center Authority votes 8:1 to OK city's 1220-room hotel
715 Staff Metro Station Near New Stadium to be Expanded--$500K plan expands western entrance for 15K/hr
715 Weiss Parking Solutions Examined in DC--among options, higher meter, residential fees, etc. (little on off-street)
716 Nakamura 3 Landowners File Suit over Stadium Site--home owner, ($696K); 67Ksqft bus lot; 3200sqft empty land ($298K)
716 Fleishman Future of Foxhall Road--16.2-acre Phillips estate to get 45 luxury $2-4M 4-5K sqft homes: local activists fret
716 Gebhardt Affordable Abundance at Woodbridge County Center Crossing w/amenities (2BR@950sqft=$1000, park free)
716 Staff 3-mos Howard Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 25% to 621, median unit price up 22% to $336K
716 Editor Land Swap--DC gets 200 waterfront acres in swap for St E bldgs/land to Feds: good deal for ec-healthy city
716 Hsu Pres. Bush Wants Land Transferred to City--DC use of 200-acre waterfront land could up tax revenues by $Ms!
717 Montgomery Residents Partner with Developer to Save City Co-op from foreclosure--Sursum Corda and KSI Services
717 Ginsberg Big Plans with Growing Price Tags--connector, Dulles rail remain top priorities despite cost questions
717 DePuy ltr This Ban Won't Pass Muster--Cnclmbr Catania's bill to ban big box stores illegal--up to Zoning Commission
718 Hedgpeth Congress May Shrink Proposed Building near Capitol--130' height variance for office bldg cut back to 110'
718 Silverman Assessing Ft. Belvoir's BRAC Problems/Prospects--traffic #1 concern: add 18K to current 22K workers
719 Staff GOP Hopes to Restrict Eminent Domain--attempts to undo Supreme Court decision re taking for private use
720 Silverman Forum On Anti-Terror Building Rules--leaders say new fed limits 82-148' setback (v 220# bomb) unrealistic
720 Boorstein VA's Oceana NAS Put on BRAC Review List--officials decry second facility cut at Hampton Roads
720 Hsu Fed Bill to Transfer Land to DC Requires Space for new SEED School--on 15 acre parcel north of RFK
721 Laris Loudoun Cnty Supervisors Vote for Growth Curbs--was 3rd fastest growing county in US '00-'04: 24.8K homes
721 Marimow Pr. George's Crime, Prices Send Residents to Charles Cnty--account for 81% of 3-yr net migration
721 Editor Fixing Montgomery's Mess--good to hold off while determining how to fix permit violations in Clarksburg, etc.
721 Rosenwald New Development at Chevy Chase Won't Lack for Luxury--high-end stores form "collection" ($150/sqft rent)
721 Kunkle Mapping Out a City's Future--Frederick, MD considers zoning changes, residents voice concerns
723 Staff 3-mos Anne Arundel real estate trends: unit sales off 37% to 1326, median unit price up 24% to $279.9K
723 Straight Convenience in DC--Connecticut Heights Apts share pool w/Ellicott House (1BR@500sqft=$1280+150pk)
724 Dyson OpEd National Harbor: Think Small to Make it Special--don't foul up MD's biggest ($2B) ever private investment
725 Hedgpeth Yale Laundry to Become Condos--to restore historic bldg for $30M, offer 300 condos, NYAve at 4-5th St NW
725 Downey DC Area Housing Market Cools Off--inventory up 50%, some homes taking few days longer to sell (minor?)
725 Raspberry OpEd Why Our Black Families Are Failing--unprecedented crisis: absence of fathers predisposes kids to fail, jail
725 Wiggins National Harbor Housing Plan Stalls--push to increase minority ownership disputed as reason
727 Wiggins Pr. George's Eases Curbs on Home Building--law would let developers pay to improve key services
727 Craig Montgomery Council Backs End to Building Freeze--add staff, rules re planning, permit approval
728 Rein In the Center of it All--Tysons residents say they like living amid offices, stores, and cars (7800 condos now)
729 Ginsberg US Aid for Transit Advances--region stands to receive millions for transit projects: AAA 'underwhelmed'!
729 Abrams Congress Near Approval of 6-Yr $286B Highway Bill--pork and loopholes aplenty
730 Staff 3-mos Calvert Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 40% to 159, median unit price up 39% to $278K
730 Arbruzzese Loundoun Cnty's Cascade Crossings in Sterling Offers Tech-friendly Affordability (2Br@877sqft=$750+freepkg)
731 Staff Columbia Heights Development Starts--229-condos over Metro station to include 68 affordable units

 
AUGUST, 2005 DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
721 Hsu Envisioning SoHo at the Southeast Waterfront--government partners with developer on $1B project
801 Raspberry OpEd Poverty and the Father Factor--fatherless families are largest poverty sources: blacks gotta shape up
801 Hedgpeth Connecting with Future as Highway Takes Shape--developers, owners look ahead to business potentials
802 Whoriskey VA Rail Plan Exempted from Stricter Cost Gauge for Fed Help-Fed Bill helps Tysons Metrorail Project
802 Staff DC Leads % Highway Death Toll Drop--67 in '03> 43 in '04: MD: 650>643; VA:943>925: automated enforcement?
803 Simon (Curr) Traffic Study Has Many Errors, Omissions--planners and DDoT use bad data to lowball Wisconsin Ave build-up
804 Wilgoren Mayor Proposes Moving Metro Offices to Anacostia Empty Lot--sell downtown bldg for ec development
806 Staff 3-mos Frederick Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 39% to 511, median unit price up 21% to $260K
806 Feldmeier Window Watchers' World-The Consulate at VanNess/ConnAve offers view (1BR@720sqft=$1295+$175pkg)
807 Hsu The Monumental Core--Taking Expansive View of Mall---group wants to extend for museums, vibrancy
808 Hedgpeth Moving Metro Office Could Spur Growth--win/win with more ec development downtown and in Anacostia
808 Editor Cost of Dulles Rail--23 mile metro spur could cost up to $5B: is it a vanity project? better look carefully
809 Schwartzman Summer Nights at Washington Harbor: Dropping Anchors, Raising Glasses--elbowing for status spots
810 Westfall (Curr) GWU Aims to Show Campus Plan Compliance--trying for better communications with Foggy Bottom/West End
811 Cohn Census Finds More Non-H Whites in DC, Near VA Suburbs--DC: 28.2>30.3% in 4 years, Alex/Arl up 2-3% too
811 McCrummen Chevy Chase Downsizes, for Now, with Moratorium--conflict over "megamansions" on hold for 6 months
811 Whoriskey Cost of Tysons Rail Plan Trimmed 25%--$2.4>$1.8B by shortening tunnel through Tysons: opponents balk
811 Montgomery Travelers Answer DC's Call--visits to capital, spending surge: 4th highest US destination: Conv Cntr helps
812 Pearlstein Square 54, a New Site for Ongoing Feud--old Georgetown Hospital site will be source of new density fight
813 Staff 3-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales down 37% to 2145, median unit price up 18% to $381K
813 Hooker Versatile in Laurel, MD: location, big units appeal to all ages at Westgate (1BR@849sqft=$1065+free pkg)
815 Somashekhar Black History Becoming a Star Tourist Attraction--US Blacks spent $30.5B on travel in '02: like history,culture
815 Montgomery NY Ave Residents Decry Plan to Replace NW Park--planners want 98 new townhouses to help fix Sursum Corda
820 Staff Rep. Norton Assails Plan to Shut Walter Reed--says would weaken DC's homeland security in emergency
820 Siegal Commonwealth Crossing complex at Del Ray, VA, big on basics (1BR@700sqft=$915+free prkg)
822 Editor Focusing on Metro--Davis bill to provide $1.5B for metro over 10 yrs: regional cooperation now essential
823 Hedgpeth DC Has Deal for Convention Hotel Site--needs half acre from plumbing union, plus land swap for Gould
824 Hsu Senator Warner: Defense Closures 'Rigged': DC area of jobs long targeted, senator asserts
824 Hernandez Annapolis, Cecil Cnty Vie for State Horse Riding Park: needs 800n acres for 800-1200 stalls, arena, etc.
825 Graham New England, VA (naval) Bases Survive Cut--panel to vote today on Walter Reed
826 Labbe News of Walter Reed Closing Hits Hard--staff, area residents have little info re fate of jobs, neighborhood
826 Weiss Panel Votes to Close Walter Reed Hospital--and move 20K NVA defense workers away
826 Schulte Exodus Would Usher In New Era for Arlington--Good list of moves to Andrews, Belvoir, Meade, Quantico
826 McCarthy Army Base Closings and Relocations Could Attract 10K Contractors to Maryland's Aberdeen and Ft. Meade
826 Pearlstein OpEd Base Closings Are an Open Door-could unlock opportunities for far greater jobs, incomes, profits, revenues
827 McCrummen After Defense Decision, a Realigned Landscape--Crystal City: ghost town? DC ponders Walter Reed re-do
827 Graham SD, NM Air Force Bases Get Reprieve--mainly due to impact on local (remote?) communities
827 Straight Longtime Brandywine Apts on Connecticut Avenue Get Renovation: (1BR@800sqft=$1350 + Prkg)
827 Staff 3-mos Pr. William Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 15% to 3407, median unit price up 36% to $373.9K
829 Weiss Pentagon Bruises Area's Team Approach--alliance on regional issues shaky after turf fights to keep jobs
829 Hedgpeth Base Shuffle Might Benefit Region--economists, developers say eventual impact, if noticed, will be positive

 
SEPTEMBER, 2005 DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
714 Staff? Skyland Shopping Center Plans May Include Housing--though residents 'starving for retail' says ANC boss
831 Solomon (Curr) Board Upholds Pentagon Call to Close Walter Reed Hospital--DC officials express regret, want land control
831 Weisman Poverty Rate Continues to Climb--'04 Census shows labor market still struggling: blacks 24.7%, white 8.6%
831 Staff Maryland State's Poverty Rate Rose Again in '04--8.8% in poverty across state; 23.9% in Baltimore
901 Staff Southern Route Backed for Maryland Connector--approved 18-mile, $2.4B 'intercounty connector'
901 Donovan Ward 4 Officials Discuss Walter Reed Site Future--some agree to mixed commercial/residential uses
906 Editor The Lagging Poor---current economic recovery leaving too many Americans behind: median income down
910 Henderson DC Renews Taxi Surcharge at $1.50 for Four Months--gas prices for regular up 72% in one year
912 Irwin Consultants OK DC Convention Hotel Plan--2 acres OK for 1220 rooms, 100K sqft ballroom 600, prkg spaces
913 Montgomery DC Affordable Housing Units Plunge 12K--city urged to offset soaring rents (up 9%), home prices (up 32%)
914 Pearlstein Boats Rose in New Orleans, but Not for Poor--book "Unequal Chances" relates income to parents' education
914 Schwartzman In DC Area, Even Subsistence Proves Pricey--income to cover basics has skyrocketed 26% in 5 yrs....
914 Schwartzman ....1 adult+1 infant+1 preschooler takes $50.6K in PG Cnty, $53.6K in DC, $64.1 in Arlington, $67.8 in Fairfax
916 Riechman Bush Endorses Plan to Close 22 Bases--decision final unless Congress Acts: to save $4.2B, not $5.4B
917 Staff 3-mos DC real estate trends: unit sales up 14% to 1090, median unit price up 27% to $375K
917 Straight Spruced-up Columbia Hts Fairmont reflects Neighborhood Revitalization (1BR@400sqft=$737--limited prkg)
919 Woodlee Housing Plan Drives 6-yr Wedge in Takoma Area--95 townhouses would cut parking 50% at Metro Station
921 ElBoghdady New Owner To Close Hecht's Headquarters--1033 to lose jobs, can apply for positions elsewhere
922 Montgomery At Sursum Gorda, Power of Profit--DC complex's poor residents strike deal to share gain: didn't get enough?
924 Abruzzese By the Bay in Annapolis, Watergate Village brings Chesapeake Close to home (1BR@630sqft=$1100 prkg)
924 Staff 3-mos Metro area condo real estate trends: unit sales up 1% to 4143, median unit price up 41% to $255K
924 Staff 3-mos DC condo real estate trends: unit sales up 29% to 529, median unit price up 22% to $354K
926 Hedgpeth Woodward Building Pushes out Eclectic Tenants--for major renovations at 15th and H St, downtown
928 Samuelson Capitalism vs. Democracy--one thrives on change, new things; other resists change with status quo constituents
928 Leonnig Top DC Developer Accused of Bribery--indictment says deals with city official cost taxpayers millions
928 Wilgoren 'He Has Made Things Happen'--indicted developer a catalyst in downtown rejuvenation--near 8.5M sqft
929 Hedgpeth Watergate Building to be Sold--Los Angeles firm to buy site of notorious break-in for $90M: use unknown yet

 
OCTOBER, 2005 DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
921 Solomom Historic Districts Don't Harm Property Values--no current data, but older studies indicate no harm?
921 Wiener(Curr) Georgetown Waterfront Overlooks Obtain Design Review--US Fine Arts Commission OK's simplification
1001 Straight Pets Very Welcome at Rose Hill in Fairfax w/dog run, wide lawns (1BR@700sqft=$1000:1freepkng)
1001 Hedgpeth Office Building in Watergate Burglary Sold--firm pays $86.5M, sees modest upgrades: hotel already sold
1001 Staff 6-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales down 19% to 6209, median unit price up 19% to $410K
1002 McCrummen Chevy Chase's Conflict of Size and Sensibilities--'mansionization' pits old vs new with giant houses
1005 Milloy OpEd Bennett Draws Attention Where It Is Needed--blacks do in fact have problems: up to them to fix them
1006 Ginsburg Slowdown in the Fast Lanes--local traffic clogs MD and VA interstates far from DC viz I-70 and I-95
1006 Downey Supply Hits High in Condo Craze--47,000 units are in the works, demand up, at $530/sqft(DC); >$350(subs)
1007 Hedgpeth Anacostia Waterfront Development in Limbo as Official Plans to Resign--'driving force' hard to replace
1008 Staff 6-mos Pr. George's Cnty real estate trends: unit sales level at 6200, median unit price up 33% to $265K
1008 Abruzzese Little Packages of Elegance in renovated Windermere-Harrowgate (1BR@680sqft+$1625, no pkng)
1008 Downey Going Mondo Condo--projects flood area (VA=5800; MD 2300; DC=2000) new units:could dent hsg prices
1010 Hedgpeth Altman's Departure Has Developers Sighing--claims quasi-gov't agency setup and running w/o leader
1010 Wiggins National Harbor's Housing Boom--County OK's 2500 condos/town houses around $500K in area
1011 Trejos Affordable Housing Shortage is Targeted--Montgomery Cnty Initiative aimed at middle class Cnty workers
1011 Hernandez Annapolis Bid Wins Horse Park--MD hopes equestrian center at old Navy dairy farm bolsters weak industry
1012 Montgomery Another Offer of Millions for Poor DC Residents--Sursum Corda Land Deal could double offer to $100K each
1013 Spivak Montgomery Cnty Panel Lowers Home Heights--new homes in old neighborhoods limited to about 32 ft
1013 Cauvin City May Gain Power to Act Against Nuisance Properties--Council may increase DC Atty Genl's powers
1014 Alexander Amtrak to Spin Off Corridor--board votes to set up separate subsidiary for high-cost Northeast Corridor
1014 Pressler Developer Keeps Theme of Chevy Chase Retail--first on Wisconsin Ave, now on outer Connecticut Ave
1015 Staff 6-mos Howard Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 12% to 1888, median unit price up 22% to $357K
1015 Fleishman Wardman's World--developer's row houses defined DC in early 20thC, still prized today (pointy roofs)
1015 Abruzzese Staying Lively at Victory Tower, high-rise for seniors in Takoma Park (1BR@450sqft=$824, pkg@$25/mos)
1016 Montgomery Sursum Corda's Troubling Choice--faced with 2 intricate offers, residents must calculate life after buyout
1022 Straight Rooted in History, Peachtree Complex in McLean offers proximity (1BR@600sqft=$1100, free pkg)
1022 Staff 6-mos Anne Arundel Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 20% to 4282, median unit price up 25% to $297K
1022 Hedgpeth Firms Bid on Land by Stadium--DC gets 9 offers on southeast sites to become 'master developer'
1023 Connolly ltr Pieces of Transportation Puzzle:Give Metro Stable Source of (regional) Funding
1023 Cox ltr Pieces of Transportation Puzzle: Move from Roads to Railroads---get trucks off major highways
1023 Nicholson It's a Change, Not a Conspiracy--the city is gentrifying, live with it: this isn't "negro removal"
1024 Hedgpeth Helping Broker Two Bids for his Home--Sursum Gorda residents get second offer to buy out project houses
1026 Staff DC Cracks National Top 5 for Tourism--is now 4th in standing behind New York, Orlando, and Las Vegas
1027 Spivack Bethesda Homes' Progress Halted--planning officials find violations: luxury homes too close to road
1029 Staff 6-mos Charles Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 10% to 1266, median unit price up 23% to $275K
1029 Siegal Classic Charmer--Alexandria apartments blend past and modern life (1BR@660sqft=$923, limited pkg)

 
NOVEMBER, 2005 DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
1105 Staff 6x-mos Calvert Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 11% to 641, median unit price up 26% to $285K
1105 Spivak Townhouse Development Called to Halt--Montgomery Cnty stops "Seaton Square" for plan deviations
1107 Pierre Housing Surge/Resurgence--new developments/8K owners change Ward 8: 32 done, 8 underway, 13 coming
1110 Weiss Steering Future of 113-acre Walter Reed--with ownership in question, city to start planning for 2011 closing
1110 Shear New VA Gov Kaine Puts Roads at Top of Agenda--says GOP ads 'backfired', town hall mtgs planned
1110 Wilgoren Bill Would Sell Land Promised to DC--House bill would sell millions of acres nationally, Poplar Pt, RFK, etc.
1110 Kovaleski Homeland Security Chief Backs VA Site for Crisis Post--Mayor, VA Gov, Chertoff discuss regional security
1111 Hedgpeth Logan Circle Developer Takes on 15-acres in NE--affordable hsng plan to transform NY Ave at Bladensburg
1112 Hedgpeth New CEO to Steer Riverfront Projects--Anacostia Waterfront Corp hires Adrian Washington @ $195K
1112 Staff 6-mos Frederick Cny real estate trends: unit sales off 20% to 1725, median unit price up 27% to $285K
1115 Craig North Bethesda Connector Project Underway--local county-funded links to 270 may face lawsuit
1116 Cohn Most DC Property Priced Out of Reach--UI says median earner can't afford vast majority of homes
1116 Craig Montgomery Cnty Votes Expose Anxieties Over Growth--denied 6000 hsng units at Shady Grove Metro
1116 Cowen Arlington Board Vote Set on House Sizes--trying to cap invasion of 'McMansions', permit minor mods
1117 Montgomery Sursum Gorda Deal Leaves Some Leery--Cnclmbrs fear for low-income residents in profit-sharing deal
1117 Ly Takoma Park Renters Fear Change for Worse--converting to condos reduces affordable hsng supply
1118 Hedgpeth Buzzards Point Condos Planned--90 high-end condos planned on half-acre empty lot: attracted by ballpark?
1118 Spivack Developer Fined $6000 over Bethesda Project--Montgomery planning board says work can continue!
1118 Rein Defying Its Foes, Metro Opts to Sell Land in Vienna--neighbors object to Metro West populace concentration
1119 Staff 6-mos Fairfax Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 9% to 10747, median unit price up 29% to $515K
1120 Weiss NW Businesses Fear Skyrocketing Taxes Will Push Them Out--prosperity threatens independent owners
1121 Hedgpeth Long-awaited Revival for H Street Corridor--23 projects straddle H St/ Union Sta tracks: 7Msqft, $2B cost
1126 Staff 6-mos Pr. William Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 15% to 8100, median unit price up 34% to $384K
1130 Schwartzman Vision of Future for Rock Creek Park--Park Service shows $15M multi-yr plan: keeps Beach Drive open

 
DECEMBER, 2005 DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
1201 Staff Area Communities Among Richest in US--4 among top ten: Loudoun, Fairfax, Howard, Falls Church
1203 Siegal Living Large in Small Spaces--Park Hill in Mt. Pleasant offers prime DC location (1br@532sqft=$1080)
1203 Staff 6-mos Loudoun Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 2% to 5664, median unit price up 22% to $505.8K
1205 Marcus Flaunt What You've Got--DC's ostentatious new gilded age highlights increasing income inequality
1205 Montgomery Sursum Corda Residents' Faith in Developer's Vision Runs Low--many unsure of their place in new complex
1209 Dvorak Reimagining Mall that Has Outgrown Itself--designers propose expanding new frontier (East Potomac Park)
1210 Editor Rethinking the Mall--bold changes offer new look: be sure they'll be consistent with things already there!
1212 Ginsberg A Future Free from Gridlock, For a Price--toll lane network swiftly taking form for capital beltway using RFIDs
1214 Wilgoren Purchase of Lifetime--long article detailing poor tenants struggle to buy rundown W St.Capital Manor Apts
1215 Wilgoren After Year of Struggles, Residents' Commitment Swings Deal--mixed results elsewhere in city over years
1217 Staff 6-mos DC real estate trends: unit sales up 250% (!) to 3847, median unit price up 46% to $415K
1222 Wilgoren Census Reports Decline in DC Pop'n--off 3.6% to 550K since '00; MD +5.4%> 5600K, VA +6.5% > 7567K
1224 Abruzzese Serenity in the Glen--Upper Marlboro complex offers storage, personal touches (1br@780sqft=$1355; prk:$150)
1224 Nakamura In DC Baseball Drama, Hard to Tell Who's on First--void in control between mayor, Council, Barry
1224 Staff 6-mos regional condo sale trends: unit sales up 31% to 12296, median unit price up 40% to $273K
1224 Staff 6-mos DC condo real estate trends: unit sales up 279% to 2064, median unit price up 23% to $370K
1229 Wilgoren DC Will Challenge Census Estimate--officials say population growing, not falling down to 550,521 in '04?
1231 Staff 9-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 44% to 18051, median unit price up 24% to $449K
1231 Abruzzese Silver Spring's Affordable Option--Gramax Towers $25M do-over in '04 gives views (1br@788sqft=$900;prk$100)

 


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