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DEMOGRAPHIC & ECONOMIC TRENDS -- 2006

   

JANUARY, 2006

DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC  TRENDS

     

105

Ginsberg

Connector Road Clears EPA Review--$3B (?) MD project on track to start construction in '06

105

Weiss

DC Smoking Ban Approved--mayor weighs veto despite 11-1 Council vote to ban in most public spaces

107

Abruzzese

Camaraderie on Duke Street near Van Dorn St Metro--friendly staff praised (1BR@800sqdt=$1050, w/prkg)

107

Staff

9-mos PG County real estate trends: unit sales up 93% to 18068, median unit price up 33% to $285K

111

Ginsberg

Headway Against Gridlock--progress at I95/495 "mixing bowl" and Wilson Bridge, gets '06 off to good start

114

Staff

9-mos Howard Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 65% to 5672, median unit price up 30% to $400K

114

Abruzzese

Bethesda's Global Gem--Topaz House delights in plush charm (1BR@800sqft=$1375 + 100 for prkg)

118

Spivak

Study Finds Planning Leadership Long Absent--Montgomery Agency in Crisis, needs oversight,Council told

120

Weiss

US Acts to Keep W Reed Campus--surprising DC officials: GSA wants secure space, DoS, embassy land

121

Abruzzese

Three Levels of Comfort--Herdon townhouses give owners/pets room to move: (2BR@1275sqft=$1625w/prkg)

121

Staff

9-mos Anne Arundel Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 82% to 14,424; median unit price up 27% to $317K

127

Cohn

Separation Between Rich, Poor Widening in DC--over 20 yrs, poor stay poor, avg HI for rich up 81%

127

Hedgpeth

The Last Handshake Deal--old-school SE landlords make exit--and big bucks --as developers swoop in

128

Staff

9-mos Charles Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 61% to 3693, median unit price up 30% to $300K

128

Gardner

Housing Assessments in Loudoun Cnty Rise 28%--avg 1-family home = $516K, county sees no slowdown

   

FEBRUARY, 2006

DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC  TRENDS

     

204

Staff

9-mos Calvert Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 89% to 2133, median unit price up 34% to $314K

204

Abruzzese

Easy Walks at the Elms--pedestrian-friendly apartments in Germantown (1BR@830sqft=$1170, w/pkg@$150)

207

MacGillis

Cut in Planned Homes Dilutes Urban Vision for Tysons--540 planned condos down to 300 pricier ones

209

Rein

Scores Turn Out to Debate Density of Vienna Metro Project: 2250 units at "MetroWest" densest in Fairfax

211

Williams

American Dreams Realized in NVA--Latino immigrants feel right at home in local market, home owning

211

Staff

9-mos Frederick Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 82% to 6090, median unit price up 30% to $310.5K

211

Abruzzese

Thrill of Discovery--early movers into Camden Westwind in Ashburn happy (1BR@800sqft=$1250,pkg rental)

212

Irwin

A Hand-Up in DC System Full of Letdowns--work behind getting man to work: training programs often fail

213

Irwin

For DC's Unemployed, Labyrinth of Red Tape--job training promises remain unmet: $60M/yr for education?

213

Hedgpeth

Coming Soon to 'NoMA': Life--developers look to big area N of Union Station: 15Msqft planned since '01!

216

Morello

Area's Worst Bottlenecks Pinpointed--heading list are Beltway's Inner Loop @ I-270; I-395 @ Pentagon

216

Ginsberg

Region's Traffic: from Bad to Worse--express toll lanes promoted in new triennial COG study

218

Staff

9-mos Fairfax Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 21% to 17068, median unit price up 30% to $525.8K

219

Williamson

Planned Development Stirs Fears of Chesapeake Congestion--Cambridge hopes to double population

221

Dvorak

Growth Fight Invades Soldiers' Refuge--retirement home proposal infuriates DC neighbors: no parks!

223

Williams

National Harbor Touts Bookings--reservations well ahead of earlier estimates for 2008 opening

223

Schwartzman

Bittersweet Renaissance--longtime Shaw residents ponder: cash out or stay? good history of neighborhood

225

Staff

Anacostia Waterfront Corp. Losing Deputy--Toni Griffin leaving for various reasons

225

Woodlee

Coast Guard Move to St. E's Seen as SE Boon--Federal plan could spur development along MLK Ave

225

Staff

9-mos Pr. William Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 3% to 12565, median unit price up 31% to $395K

226

Mason ltr

No More Transportation Detours--NVA must accept Metro $ plan: veh. mi. to double; transit up 30% by '30

226

Scarborough ltr

This Lone Wolf I Wish I Could Clone--NVA Rep Frank Wolf deserves credit for transportation improvements

228

Woodlee

DC Property Values Spiral Higher--latest assessments show dramatic increases in SE, 21.8% overall

   

MARCH, 2006

DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC  TRENDS

     

302

Ruane

Fighting Assaults of Time--DC's forts among most endangered Civil War sites, sez CW Preservation Trust

302

Mui

After Years of False Starts, Ward 8 Sees Progress--Camp Simms development, 00's new homes coming

302

Tse

Home Values Nationwide up 13% in 4th Quarter "05--fewer sales will eventually bring prices down

302

Schwartzman

Developer Peddles New Vision for Old Market--plan would create 'mini-city' at Capital City Market

302

Editor

A Rising Tide? --'rising tide' of past 25 years has only helped richer half--reducing inequalities needs fixing

304

Abruzzese

Room to Romp--Space for indoor/outdoor pursuits at new complex in Stirling (1BR@#600sqft=$1000K w/pkg)

304

Staff

12-mos Loudoun Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 17% to 7628, median unit price up 27% to $520K

304

Wagner

MD House Approves Stem Cell Funding--$25M yearly for embryo research may divide MD senate

304

Fisher

Last Call for DC's Hometown Beer--Heurich leaves, disappointed by lack of local support for 'Foggy Bottom'

305

Woodlee

Most DC Building Elevators Lack Valid Licenses--over half of 10,000 not inspected, incl DC gov't bldgs

305

Cox

Land Held in Trust for Old Soldiers--critics misrepresent Soldier's Home intentions to develop parts of site 

307

Stewart

Pr. William Low-cost Housing Proposal Opposed--county lacks infrastructure for program, some say

308

Cohn(cont)

....area adds 114K Hispanics, 67K Asians, 64K blacks, 58K Whites; area black pop'n now 26%

308

Cohn

Region a Rising Draw for Immigrants--DC area trends prompt questions over competition for services....

310

Kelly OpEd

Driving Around the World in DC--Cabbies come from Ethiopia, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, Eritrea, Ghana, etc.

311

Abruzzese

Room, Views to Spare at 1200 1st St, Alexandria (Braddock Sta. (1BR@750sqft=$1300+$40 1st car, $85, 2nd

311

Staff

12-mos Arlington Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 28% to 2002, median unit price up 23% to $564.6K

311

Staff

12-mos Alexandria City real estate trends: unit sales off 31% to 1326, median unit price up 17% to $582K

313

ElBoghdady

'Boomtown' May Finally Have its Boom--long awaited town center key to Ft Meade strip's revitalization

315

Staff

Wilson Bridge Span to Open in Mid-June--outer loop traffic to switch several weeks before inner loop

316

MacGillis

Planners Back Vienna Project--Fairfax planning commission sends 'better'  MetroWest to supervisors

316

Montgomery

Sursum Gorda Residents Fear Loss of Homes--DC seeks to use eminent domain in area north of capitol

316

Fisher OpEd

South Capitol St Will Have to Play Catch-up--so will rest of neighborhood as stadium arrives first

316

Cohn

3 VA 'Exburbs' Near Top in US  1-yr ('04-'05)Growth--Loudoun, King George, Caroline rank 8th, 9th, 10th

317

Hedgpeth

DC Council Hears Hotel Funding Plan--$400M of $550M Convention Center project to be privately funded

318

Staff

12-mos DC real estate trends: unit sales up 13% to 2838, median unit price up 33% to $409K

318

Abruzzese

Warm Welcome at new Gables Rothbury north of Gaithersburg (1BR@800sqft=$1200+$135 pkg garage)

325

Straight

Investment in Community--fixed up, 'income-sensitive' 'Pembridge' at Wheaton Metro (1BR@550sqft=$880)

325

Staff

12-mos DC condo sales trends: unit sales up 8% to 1852, median unit price up 12% to $365.8K

325

Cohn

Area Mostly Minority in 4-8 years--experts see shifting politics, priorities: '00>'04, Asians +21%, Hisps +28%

325

Staff

12-mos Area condo sales trends: unit sales up 8% to 20,990, median unit price up 34% to $281K

325

Barnes

VA Legislators Exhorted to 'Do It Right'--home builders push for more roads funding, after lagging 20 yrs

326

JonesOpEd

Marriage is for White People--over 40% blacks never marry: women think of husband as 'another kid'

326

Downey

Sales Pace, Prices Slackening for Homes--houses on market 3-5 weeks longer in hottest areas

328

Montgomery

DC Adopts Seoul 'Sister' City--10th 'partner': Paris,Athens,Brussels,Brazzaville, Bangkok, Beijing, Dakar, etc.

330

Shear

Opposition Growing Over Dulles Toll Road Deal--VA legislature wants to block deal with MWAA

   

APRIL, 2006

DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC  TRENDS

     

401

Staff

12-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 12% to 14,324, median unit price up 20% to $435K

401

Rathner

Howard University's Jewel of a Neighbor--LeDroit Park attracted influential Blacks--ornate rowhouse rooftops

401

Abruzzese

Beyond Bingo Night--Calvert's Silverwood Farms residents enjoy planned  events (1BR@675sqft=$800)

403

Hedgpeth

Mt. Vernon Triangle Edges Up--planned 120Ksqft retail, 1700 condos, 234K offices now abuilding @5th&K

403

Editor

Rail to Dulles--airports authority to speed things up, but toll road commuters may pay dearly

403

Ginsberg

Who's Who on Airports Authority Bd--Metro extension, toll road ignited interest in appointed panel

404

Fisher OpEd

DC Tries to Fence In Homeowners' Free Expression--AU Park activists fight 'McMansions' with signs

404

Schwartzman

Dispute over Restaurant Zoning Splits Old and New NE Residents--H Street transformation alarms some

405

Thoms (Cur)

City Sets up Redevelopment Panel as Decision Looms--want to "sew it back into fabric of community"

406

Montgomery

Slot Machine Plan Withdrawn after DC Counsel Challenge--not eligible for voter initiative

407

Wagner

Stem Cell, Coal-Plant Clean Air Bills Signed by MD Gov Erlich--hopes to make state leader in both

408

Staff

12-mos Pr. George's real estate trends: unit sales off  5% to 12,538, median unit price up 29% to $287K

408

Meyers

Suburban Sanctuary at Woodside Crossing,Silver Spring offers affordable rents (1BR@750sqft=$925)

409

Rivers/Barnett

'The Boy Crisis' Myth--crisis only among inner-city, rural boys, set by race, class: word "father" absent

410

Paley

Plan for Metro to BWI Gaining Momentum--MD being spurred to action by rail extension to Dulles

410

Hedgpeth

Building Big on Future of Metro--Herndon, near Dulles Arpt plans 63-acre, $1B mixed use development

413

Layton

New Connection for SE Commuters--$300M bridge to replace Douglass Memorial: hope for 'iconic structure'

415

Arbruzzese

Fairfax's new 'Monument Park' has fancy pool, welcomes big dogs too (1BR@700sqft=$1415, rent pkg

416

McCrummen

Redefining Property Values--in California, values help builders design communities of like-minded folks

416

Berk/Miller ltr

Takeover of St. Elizabeths--GSA plan to locate Homeland Security offices for 10,000 wrong--kill history

417

Hedgpeth

National Harbor to Get 5 More Hotels--additions challenge DC business: 350 acres will have 3000 rooms

419

Williams

Region Sees Large Rise of Black-owned Businesses: DC up 1289 to 12,198,VA+3466>9080;MD+14011>45722

419

O'Donoghue

DC Won't Trim Whitehurst Freeway Options Until Fall, DDoT says--won't get to next phase til 2007

421

PearlsteinOpEd

Privatizing Old Hospital Land Could Revitalize DC--Feds' plans for WRAMC squander opportunity

422

Layton

What to Do with What Lies Beneath?--catacombs at McMillan Reservoir pose development challenges

422

Abruzzese

Home Away From Home--short-term luxury rentals on H Street feel like home (1BR@800sqft=$175/day)

422

Staff

12-mos Anne Arundel Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 12% to 9100, median unit price up 25% to $314.9K

426

Schwartzman

Return of the Big Chair: A Very Big Deal--Anacastia residents to get new version of old symbol

426

MacGillis

Tunnel Back on Table for Dulles Metro--but dispute over cost might delay expansion: decision needed

429

Abruzzese

Within Reach in Rosslyn--Rosslyn Heights complex inspires walking; 2 metros (1BR@800sqft=$1540+$50pkg

429

Staff

12-mos Charles Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 7% to 2878, median unit price up 26% to $298K

   

MAY, 2006

DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC  TRENDS

     

503

Layton

Solitary Stand at Precipice--DC Architect refuses to sell 2nd home to developers who build around him

503

Weiss

Council Nears Elimination of Rent Ceilings--hard-won compromise would put tougher limits on increases

504

Woodlee

Slots Promoters Eligible to Seek Spot on Ballot, Election Board Says--over objectives of opponents

506

Staff

12-mos Calvert Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 8% to 1355, median unit price up 29% to $304K

506

Abruzzese

Stroll thru Camden Silo Creek: offers picnic area, trails, dramatic floor plans (1BR@560sqft=$1000 +$100 prkg

508

Layton

Essay Contest Winners Bear Witness to Shifting DC--kids experience 'gentrification' in Columbia Hts

511

Ginsberg

Final Countdown to Wilson Bridge Gala--first six-lane span to open to traffic 'uniting the states' in Early June

511

Silverman

US Plan to Keep Walter Reed Site Land Frustrates DC Officials--still some hope of developing some of it

513

Siegal

Touch of Green--Park at Arlington Ridge boasts 2 tree-filled acres (1BR@640sqft=$1345 + $50 prkg

513

Staff

12-mos Frederick Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 10% to 3902, median unit price up 28% to $306K

514

Trejos

Purple Line Emerging as Issue in Montgomery County Executive Race--candidates debate details

514

Ginsberg

Wilson Bridge's First Span to Give Hint of Relief to Come--offers 'new dawn' to commuters

515

Hedgpeth

Development Buzz Crosses South Capitol Street--construction equipment finally  arrives at stadium site

517

Schwartzman

Bill Cosby Scolds Idle Churchgoers--commedian says faithful must take action in communities

517

Kang

Asian-Owned Firms Booming--contracting/outsourcing fuel growth of regional force: up 30% to 40.2K  in 5yrs

520

Staff

12-mos Fairfax Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 9% to 21302, median unit price up 260% to $529.9K

525

Mui

DC's Crush on Wal-Mart Is Over--giant retailer dropped from city's wish list: DC can afford to be pickier

526

Cohn

Development Looms in Natural Oasis in Anacostia--peepers, quail, beaver, and wild turkey at risk

527

Staff

12-mos Pr. William Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 14% to 17044, median unit price up33% to $398K

527

Straight

Arlington Complex Connected by Arch--' Clarendon' builds on area 'urbanism': (1BR@700sqft=$1500+40Prkg)

531

Ginsberg

Intercounty Connector Gets Final Approval--after 50+ years, Montgomery>Pr. George's link to start in Fall

526

Anderson

Exit a First Class of Cadets--Forestville Military Academy's 140 inaugural graduates fulfill some hopes

   

JUNE, 2006

DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS

     

601

Editor

Green Light for the ICC---at last a vital link is approved: inter county connector north of DC in MD

601

Jain

Stuck at Crossroads Par for Course--annual Montgomery Cnty rpt lists most-congested intersections

601

Dvorak

Effort to Protect Places Holding DC's History--endangered sites listed: MLK Lib, WWI Mem, Reservoir, AFRH

601

Sheridan

Bill Would Expand the Mall--backers seeking to revitalize areas, by defining (bigger) mall limits

601

McCrummen

Marine Corps History Gets Higher Profile--new $140M Nat'l Museum of Marine Corps rises near Quantico

603

Staff

12-mos Loudoun Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 3% to 10875, median unit price up 26% to $535K

603

Gebhardt

Comfort Through Change--residents applaud updates at Avondale Overlook (1BR@720sqft=$1000+$50prkg)

604

Stewart

Ivy City Residents Take Step to Stay in NE Neighborhood--provide inputs for affordable housing plan

604

Forgey

Security and Narrow View--DHS/CG bunker mentality threatens panoramic vista from St. E's "the point"

607

Gould(Curr)

Sweden Shows Off New Waterfront Embassy--new "home for Sweden" has views along Potomac

608

Donovan

Residents Chime In on Vision for DC--planning web site has gotten 1.3 M hits re draft Comprehensive Plan

608

Tse

2 Major Condo Projects Canceled--as market falters, developers choose rental apartments instead

610

Shin

Wall Street Financing May Resurrect Skyland--NCRC gets $150M by Morgan Stanley for stalled projects

610

Abruzzese

Right Place, Right Price--Highland House West boasts high-end value model (1BR@1000sqft=$1600+$90prkg)

610

Staff

12-mos Arlington Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 15% to 2363, median unit price up 24% to $570K

610

Staff

12-mos Alexandria real estate trends: unit sales off 20% to 1537, median unit price up 17% to $585K

611

Ltrs to Post

If Skyrocketing Prices Sound Familiar, You're Not Alone--different reasons why we feel 'so stretched'

611

Barr

Parenting: Molding Mentors and Fathers for Area Sons--100 gather at Pr. George's re role model needs

611

Danker ltr

Washington's (Redskin) Team Belongs in DC--let Pr. George's develop FedEx Field site commercially

612

MacGillis

Analysis of Ft. Belvoir Jobs Shift Paints Clearer Commuting Picture--relocation to bring 44,000 more

616

Chandler

Underpaid and Barely Housed--15-20K 3-mos interns fight to find temporary housing sublets

617

Straight

Home on Blue Line--'Archstone Springfield Station' @ Franconia near Metro (1BR@700sqft=$1280+100prkg)

617

Staff

12-mos DC real estate trends: unit sales up 3% to 3513, median unit price up 29% to $412K

618

Richards ltr

Don't Rush DC Planning--500-page draft comprehensive plan needs time, should belong to new mayor

619

Mufson

Power Control for DC Houses--'smart meter' test in 2500 homes to manage usage, encourage savings

622

Harden

US Losing Its Middle-class Neighborhoods--'70 to '00,metro areas show widening rich/poor gaps

623

Pearlstein

DC Politburo Busy Messing with Business--'Large Retailer Accountability Act' tries to force social welfare

624

Abruzzese

Living with Low Ceiling--the Fields in Falls Church has subsidized rents (1BR@585=$885, prkg free)

624

Staff

12-mos DC Condo real estate trends: unit sales up 8% to 1852, median unit price up 34% to $365.8K

624

Staff

12-mos Metro Area Condo trends: unit sales up 8% to 20,990, median unit price up 34% to $281K

626

Mathews

Study Casts Doubt on 'Boy Crisis"--improving test scores cut into girls' lead: but minorities still in trouble!

626

Hedgpeth

Anacostia Waterfront Group Looks Beyond Ballpark--area all around is under fast-track development

629

Dickson ltr

DC Needs New Comprehensive Plan Now--current officials have worked on it two years, do it now

629

Murphy

Taking Steps to Pedestrian-Friendly DC--undercover cops to help reduce 10-16 deaths/yr: 20 worst x'ings

630

Gowen

Another Dig at 'Mansionization'--Alexandria enacts temporary curb to protect 'architectural harmony'

610

Sheridan

Area's Security Proposal Scored Poorly--lack of innovation in anti-terrorism ideas partly to blame, sez DHS

   

JULY, 2006

DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS

     

701

Staff

3-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 19% to 2549, median unit price up 18% to $449K

701

Abruzzese

In Columbia Hts, Blur of Change--Park Triangle: urban bustle w/view (1BR@650sqft=$1675+$195/250, 1/2cars)

702

Grunwald

Dept of Sacred Cows--DC's Fear of Heights: bldg limits easier to repeal than love of cars, up city density

707

Editor

Going Purple: A Link Whose Time has Come--time to build metro parallel to Beltway: heavy rail or trolley

708

Straight

Sowing Togetherness: Fairfax Complex, Kingsley Commons welcoming (2BR@875sqft=$1265+free prkg)

708

Staff

3-mos Pr. George's Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 60% to 4066, median unit price up 28% to $326K

709

Gosswein ltr

Emerald City--must honor plan for DC's green space, like AFRH, St. E's, Sand Filtration Plant etc.

710

Irwin

Well-Paid Benefit Most as Economy Flourishes--trend pronounced in DC area: low end +5.4%, hi-end +12.4%??

712

Nakamura

DC Council Approves Sale of Land Near Stadium to Developer--parcel to house parking, shops, condos

714

Gardner

VDOT Says Loudoun Development Would Jam Roads--analysis shows broad effect of 28,000 new homes

715

Gebhardt

North Bethesda Apt Complex Attracts Owners Shifting to Renting (1BR@903sqft=$1755+$115 prkg)

715

Tse

But This One Is Special--each developer certain its condos will sell: but now 25K unsold units in region

715

Staff

3-mos Howard Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 56% to 982, median unit price up 22% to $410K

715

Helderman

Hotel Firm Threatens to Cancel Expansion--PG Council wants minority participation at National Harbor

715

Ginsbarg

Old Wilson Bridge--from hapless beginning in 12/61, span's reputation only fell: now closed for good

715

Shear

Regional Summit: With Bay Cleanup Dream Gone, Leaders Alter Strategy--to include crime, roads

719

Helderman

National Harbor Hotel Dispute Settled--$50M bonds OK'd; to be fined if fall below 15% minority contractors

720

Pincus

Director of National Intelligence Covets Historic Home--DNI wants Potomac Annex where CIA started in '47

721

Montgomery

DC Pop'n Revision "Big Deal"--Census ups '05 est 31.5K based on housing, tax returns (582K vs 572 in '00)

721

Dyson

Injustice Bill Cosby Won't See--personal responsibility necessary but not sufficient without social justice

721

Rucker

Blacks Take Their Place on Charles County Ballots--Pop'n up 35% in 14 yrs, blacks up frm 18% to 32%

722

Abruzzese

In Loudoun County, Life on the Links--Camden Lansdowne enjoy resort (1BR@700 sqft=$1000 w/prkg?)

722

Meyer

Buying Into Baltimore--Washington Transplants streaming north to grab budget prices 1/2 to 1/3 as high

722

Staff

3-mos Anne Arundel Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 49% to 1985, median unit price up 16% to $324K

724

Hedgpeth

Who'd Want to Live There--developer Abdo specializes in making desirable addresses of rundown sites

725

Nakamura

DC Developer Sways the City with Big Bucks and Big Ideas-- Miller aims to build near Nationals' Ballpark

726

Greenwell

Mayor Signs Legislation for Housing Plan--bill advances plan for 1600 housing units in Sursum Corda

726

Tse

After 5 Years of Growth, Home Prices Drop--inventories swell in parts of DC region, price drop in VA

728

Schwartzman

Voters Say Renewal Hurts Poorest--views have changed drastically since '00: now 61%, yes, vs 64% no

728

MacGillis

Army Intends to Place Influx of Workers at Proving Ground--irked Fairfax officials fear much worse traffic,

729

Abruzzese

Big Greenbelt Complex, Springhill Lake, Set to Make Huge Splash (1BR@665sqft=$879, free parh, 2 pets)

729

Staff

3-mos Charles Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 112% to 752, median unit price up 27% to $325K

730

Ltrs

The Next Washington--how make room for more people, more cars? smart growth, metro, by-passes, et al

731

Hedgpeth

Competing Developers Share Waterfront Ideas--cultural zone? aquarium? Cirque du Soleil theater?

   

AUGUST, 2006

DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS

     

801

Stewart

GA Ave/Pet Metro Sta Project Stirs Hope for Long-awaited Renewal--officials break ground for block

801

MacGillis

Paralyzed Roads Envisioned Near Belvoir--Army move requires many improvements as yet unfunded

803

Weiss

Courthouse Sprouts Curves, Color--fanciful annex to federal structure nearly finished at 3rd & Constitution

803

Weiss

Rendering of New DoT Headquarters--building by Graves Associates in SW DC almost finished

804

Layton

Data Show Minorities Moving to Majority in Region--Hispanic 33%, Asian 22%, Black 21%; White 17%

805

Straight

Affordability Preserved at Good Home Homes under new mgmt (1BR@748sqft=$713+free prkg lot)

805

Tse

Measure of Change--single family homes up 48% in floor space; bathrooms, garages, etc. '75-'05

805

Staff

3-mos Calvert Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 80% to 286, median unit price up 13% to $315K

806

Gowen

Alexandria Accelerates Riverfront Makeover--part of broader Potomac River renaissance underway

808

Dwyer

Army Ponders Amusement Venue, Hotel at Ft. Belvoir--possible new traffic headache in the making?

809

Turque

Neighbors Keep Wary Eye on Swelling George Mason U--plan may spark town/gown scrap in Fairfax

809

Editor

Late Innings--breakthru for Nats' fans: baseball games to be on TV via MASN, for those now without

811

Hart

Study Finds Immigrants Don't Hurt US Jobs--no direct correlation found in Pew study: ec growth more key

812

Staff

Soaring Tribute to Service--Air Force Arlington Memorial features rising stainless steel vapor trails

812

Staff

3-mos Frederick Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 94% to 984, median unit price up 26% to $328K

812

Downey

Big Question--municipalities consider ways to restrain ever-expanding, super-sized houses in area

814

Hedgpeth

Commercial Rents Keep Rising--2nd Qtr vacancy rates tighten as job growth continues in DC area

814

Editor

Use St. Elizabeth's--federal offices may be best bet for vacant landmark: must it become fortress?

815

Layton

Area Immigrants Top 1 Million--education levels higher than US tot: DC,39%latino, 36% Asian, 24% other

815

Kirkham

Life Around DuPont Circle Takes New Turn--excellent long article/photos show changes over 100 yrs

819

Staff

3-mos Fairfax Cnty real estate trends: unit sales down 55% to 2140, median unit price up 6% to $522K

820

MacGillis

NVA Rail Tunnel Debate Raises Larger Issue--vision of an 'urban hub' at Tyson's questioned

826

Straight

Upgraded Cavalier Court Refills Quickly--interiors, kitchens renovated (1BR@700sqft=$1155, free o/d prkg )

826

Staff

3x-mos Pr. William Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 33% to 3021, median unit price up 21% to $440K

827

Editor

Virginia Railway Delay--northern VA commuter rail losing customers: dedicated state funds needed

828

Editor

Saved By VDOT--closing HOV lanes for six hours for a presidential fund-raiser would be a sure loser

828

Hedgpeth

Few Places Left in DC for Industrial Business--housing, retail squeeze out 2390 acres left: land value up 10x

829

Abboud

Stockholm Puts Price on Traffic Congestion--worldwide, urban planners watch electronic fee tagging

830

Cohn

Daily Misery Has a Number: Commute 2nd-Longest in US--33 minutes, v 25 nationally--metro use up

830

Goldstein

DC Suburbs Top Richest Counties--Loudoun ($98.5K), Fairfax (94.6), Howard (91.2). Monty (82.1), Pr. Wm (81.9)

     

SEPTEMBER, 2006

DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS

 
       

901

Turque

Army Official Pledges Parkway Will Be Finished--changes coming at Ft. Belvoir raise traffic concerns

902

Staff

3-mos Loudoun Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 72% to 3873, median unit price up 21% to $585K

902

Abruzzese

Mayfair Residents in Lexington Park Bask in Quiet of St. Mary's County (1BR=756sqft@$910, prk open)

904

Kennicott

Mediocre Mile--architect sez design review hasn't kept pace w/downtown Mass Ave residential projects

904

Kirkham

Two New Business Improvement Districts in Works: West End, NoMA to get BIDs w/local taxing powers

908

Shaver

DC Area Traffic Crawls to New Low--car theft on Beltway, film stars on Conn. Ave. stymie travelers

908

Pearlstein

The Downtown Drag--no room for retail in Northwest DC's Office Boom: why not like Madison Ave, NY?

908

Gardner

Loudoun Growth Compromise Reached, Many Still Angry--deferring final vote lets subdivisions go on

909

Staff

3-mos Alexandria real estate trends: unit sales off 38% to 239, median unit price up 10% to $609K

909

Staff

3-mos Arlington Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 25% to 351, median unit price up 5% to $557K

909

Abruzzese

New Face by Base: Andrews AFB, rail pull residents to Metro Place (1BR@759sqft=$1335, 2 free prkg)

912

Weiss

Leading Developer Portrayed as 'Thief' or 'Visionary'--Feds accuse Jamal, 2 others, of bribing DC official

913

Craig

Appeals for Road Funds Intensify--special session nears for VA General Assembly

914

Miroff

Airport's Future Is on Rails--Aerotrain System's sleeker, faster cars to retire most mobile lounges

914

Layton

Coalition Scrubs Adams Morgan--BID starts small w/budget of $300K, 1 full-timer: downtown $10M, 37 FTE

914

Layton

Business Groups Fill the Breach--improvement districts springing up all over: six now, seven more coming

916

Abruzzese

Fresh Start--renovations, safety emphasis at Temple Hills at Ashford MD (1BR@750sqft=$835, free prkg)

916

Staff

3-mos DC real estate trends: unit sales off 18% to 892, median unit price up 11% to $415K

921

Nakamura

Plans to Build Near Nats Stadium Fall Flat--commission and developer failed to agree on financing terms

921

Gowen

Arlington Riverfront Land Deal Collapses--county remains optimistic, but owner stops negotiations

923

Staff

6-mos DC condo real estate trends: unit sales off 43% to 724, median unit price off 1% to $365K

923

Gebhardt

Leveling Playing Field--Gaithersburg affordable apartment complex (1BR@645sqft=$1012, freeprkg)

923

Staff

6-mos Regional condo real estate trends: unit sales off 11% to 9871, median unit price up 4% to $286K

923

Staff

6-mos Arlington Cnty condo trends: unit sales off 26% to 486, median unit price off 1% to $354K

923

Staff

6-mos Monty Cnty condo trends: unit sales up 66% to 2199, median unit price up 26% to $289K

923

Staff

6-mos Alexandria City condo trends: unit sales off 11% to 728, median unit price up 10% to $314.5K

924

Nakamura

City's New Focus Is on Finding Parking Near Stadium--revitalization plans put on hold to meet legalities

925

McCaffrey

Fort Meade Expansion Ignites Fears--5400 new workers will clog roads, crowd schools, say residents

926

Editor

Mayor William's Dead Deal--stadium development flop gives opportunities to new mayor, team owners

929

Hedgpeth

New Blueprint for DC Waterfront--local developers chosen for $800M mixed-use project in Southwest

929

Gardner

VA Transportation Funding Talks Die--Beltway widening, Springfield interchange, Metro stable funding die

930

Abruzzese

Night Life, Recreation, Metro Draw Young Adults to Quincy Plaza @ Ballston (1BR@545sqft=$1595,1 free prkg)

930

Staff

6-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 19% to 2549, median unit price up 18% to $449K

       

OCT

2006

DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS

 
       

927

Solomon (Curr)

Palisades Residents Blast Idea of Removing Whitehurst Freeway--'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'

 

1002

Hedgpeth

New Life Above Union Station Tracks--Akridge buys all 15 acres from GSA for $10M: 4-yr effort closed

 

1004

Westfall Curr)

GWU Campus Plan Hearing Examines Student Behavior--students blamed for running down Foggy Bottom

 

1004

Lipton ltr

Georgetown Doesn't Need to Reclaim River--what's to reclaim by deconstructing Whitehurst: not much!

 

1005

Shaver

18-mile Intercounty Connector To Require More Land--officials tweak plans to lower environmental impact

 

1007

Staff

6-mos Pr. George's real estate trends: unit sales up 17% to 7278, median unit price up 25% to $330K

 

1007

Gebhardt

Upgrades keep high-rise Saratoga's standards for luxury on Conn Ave (1BR@565sqft=$1585: $115-160 prkg)

 

1009

Kirkham

National Gateway Project at Potomac Yard Advances with 6 More Office Bldgs--w/1.6M sq ft mixed use

 

1009

Hedgpeth

Southwest Waterfront Will Finally Get Over the '60s--development to shun tall towers, dead-end streets

 

1014

Abruzzese

Stone Point Apts near Annapolis offer extensive recreation options (1BR@766sqft=$1310, free open prkg

 

1014

Staff

Air Force Memorial Dedication Today--on open space east of Navy Annex behind Pentagon

 

1014

Staff

6-mos Howard Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 9% to 2052, median unit price up 15% to $410K

 

1015

Staff

After 60 Years, National Memorial in Arlington for US Air Force--president, SecDef speak at ceremony

 

1019

Shear

Poll Finds Support for Tax Increase in N VA--residents blame lawmakers for impasse on funding

 

1019

Staff

Public Transportation: Who's Onboard to Get to Work--inner suburbs up 28%, DC down 15%!!

 

1021

Abruzzese

Safe and Sound Near Old Town--residents like security, Alexandria location (2BR@750sqft=$1040+1 prkg)

 

1021

Staff

6-mos Anne Arundel Cnty real estate trends: unit sales even at 4232, median unit price up 12% to $332K

 

1028

Staff

6-mos Charles Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 23% to 1550, median unit price up 19% to $325K

 

1028

Abruzzese

High Marks for Arlington high-rise--Warwick House offers good views, staff (1BR@630sqft=$1365+1 prk$50)

 

1029

Chappell ltr

Abandoning Virginians to Gridlock--failure of VA General Assembly to support N VAs needs = crisis

 

1030

Hedgpeth

Developer Jemal Jumps Right Back In--business as usual for high-profile builder after bribery trial

 
     

NOVEMBER, 2006

DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS

 
       

1104

Abruzzese

Leesburg's Somerset Park Offers Peace and Quiet--but retains convenience (1BR@793=$1150incl prkg)

 

1104

Staff

6-mos Calvert Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 6% to 668, median unit price up 14% to $325K

 

1106

Kirkham

DC Completes Plan for St. Elizabeths: start around Metro, develop north to MLK Ave over 10 yrs

 

1106

Hedgpeth

Plans for SW Waterfront Hit Snag--agencies differ w/DC on land deal:NCRC vs AWC,swap for McMillan Res.

 

1111

Smith

Salute to Duty and Sacrifice -- '000's gather for dedication of museum honoring Marine Corps history

 

1111

Staff

What's Going Up -- National Harbor ($4M), Reston Town Cntr ($190M); DoT Hq ($320M);Rockville ($39M)

 

1111

Straight

Finding Stability, Community -- Glen Ridge Commons has modest rent, lively socials (2BR@872sqft=$900)

 

1111

Staff

6-mos Frederick Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 23 x% to 2105, median unit price up 16% to $330K

 

1112

Editor

Slow Growth Wins -- pendulum has swung away from development for now; Loudoun, Montgomery decide

 

1112

Dvorak

Memorial Planners Have Dream Too -- mall site honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., reached next milestone

 

1113

Hart

Arlington Cnty's Clarendon More Urban, Less Village -- thriving, Metro- growing town loses offbeat edge

 

1116

Stewart

DC Moves to Be Pioneer in 'Green' Construction -- big bldgs would have to be energy-efficient by 2012

 

1117

Silverman

DC One Signature Away from 200 Acres of New Land on Anacostia River front: bill on president's desk

 

1118

Staff

6-mos Fairfax Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 41% to 6520, median unit price up 3% to $530K

 

1118

Abruzzese

Herdon's Stuart Woods Complex brings outdoor nature closer to home (1BR@900sqft=$1200+open prkg)

 

1120

Editor

Building Green -- DC finds way to cut greenhouse emissions: welcome bill to raise environmental goals

 

1124

Wiggins

Pr. George's Nat'l Harbor Deal Deepens Rift -- Ex-Cnty Exec says new Cnty Exec's terms cede too much

 

1125

Lewis

Shaping the City -- House of Sweden provides a multifunctional space with sense of place on Potomac

 

1125

Staff

6-mos Pr. William Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 34% to 6004, median unit price up 12% to $425K

 

1130

Weiss

Car-sharing Speeds Up in Region -- 'Zipper' now has 2500, 'Flexcar' 1000, cars globally: $10/hr, $60/day

 
     

DECEMBER, 2006

DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS

 
       

1130

Kang

House of Blues Seeks DC Home--produces live concerts at halls w/restaurants, hotel, retail etc..too much?

1201

MacGillis

Fort Belvoir Traffic Issues Lead Army to Move its Nat'l Museum site--projected congestion just too high

1202

Staff

6-mos Loudoun Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 46% to 2902, median unit price up 13% to $570K

1202

Montes

DC to Spice Up Vending Variety--survey find city crying out for much broader on-the-go options

1202

Kime

Newport Village offers wide-open space, in/outside: 56 Alexandria acres (1BR@1000sqft=$1500, prkg$50)

1202

Staff

Fairfax Raises $3.5M privately for using Metro Tunnel through Tysons--Feds still threaten to back out

1203

Stewart

DC May Mandate that Some New Buildings 'Go Green'--would have to be energy-/environment friendly

1204

Kirkham

Proposals Shown for DC's 100-acre Poplar Point--Skidmore plans office/retail/housing w/ or w/o stadium

1205

Hedgpeth

New Waterside Mall to House DC Agencies--back on track as SW project to lease 500Ksqft for $14.2M

1206

Stewart

Capital City Market $1.2B Restoration Plan Gets 1st Round OK from Council--merchants fear eviction

1208

Gowen

Planned Rosslyn Tower Might Be Hazard, Says FAA--390-ft-tall residential 'twin' has been OK'd however

1209

Staff

6-mos Alexandria real estate trends: unit sales off 39% to 562, median unit price up 7% to $623.5K

1209

Abruzzese

10-story Apartments at 2201 Wilson Blvd a very social scene (1BR@600sqft=$1900+$50/150 for 1/2prkg)

1211

Editor

Fort Belvoir Blues--traffic mess in Fairfax that General Assembly Republicans don't want to fix

1215

Craig

VA Gov Kaine to Seek $500M in Bid to Alleviate VA's Traffic Ills--includes widening Beltway

1216

Staff

6-mos DC real estate trends: unit sales off 32% to 1655, median unit price up 7% to $430K

1216

Abruzzese

Bethesda's Triangle Towers Offers All Comforts of City Life (1BR@900sqft=$1600+$110prkg)

1216

Staff

Ownership of 200 Anacostia Waterfront Acres Transferred to DC--Bush signed authorization bill

1217

Lecos lts

Fairfax Chamber of Commerce Says to 3 Counties: Don't Halt Growth, Grow Better: spend for transportation

1218

Hedgpeth

DC Officials Plan to Acquire Site in Path of Downtown Hotel--giant Marriott coming next to Convention Center

1218

Hedgpeth

Condo, Hotel Part of West End's Luxury Infusion--at 22 and M Street (near Columbia Hospital renovation)

1218

Hart

December Detour--Tysons Corner workers shop for ways to avoid commuting in mall shopper traffic

1220

Silverman

New Town Market Proposal at NY and Florida Ave OK'd--questions remain for current businessmen

1221

Editor

Build It--End the Haggling over the Intercounty Connector Now--county planning board stalling

1222

Aizenman

Area Population Losses Offset by Immigrants--last year 28.2K residents leave,54.7K come from outside US

1223

Jacobson

Randolph Towers = Towering Array in Ballston500 apts over 20 firms (1BR@800sqft=$1540+1 free prkg)

1223

Staff

6-mos Area Condo real estate trends: unit sales off 11% to 9871, median unit price up 6% to $286K

1225

Weiss

DC Area Test Case Effort Against Crowded Roads--peak time fees designed to alter commuters habits

1225

Shaver

For Streetcars,History Fated to Repeat Itself--intercounty connector slated to push trolley museum off land

1226

MacGillis

New Rural Sales Pitch: Work Outside DC's Fallout Zone--with Federal Moves, I-81 Corridor heats up

1228

Editor

The Snooker Strategy--don't be fooled: VA Republicans are ones starving state's transportation network

1229

Shear

Secret Talks Seek Unity for Feuding VA GOP--road funds divide state senate, house: fear of next election

1229

Pearlstein

Latest Captive Markets: Commuters--"congestion pricing" attempts to reallocate scarce resources

1229

Editor

Pay Now or Pay Later--just get ready to pay more taxes in Maryland: budget shortfalls unavoidable

1230

Stewart

New Year Will Clear Air in DC Bars--smoking ban Part II takes effect 1/2/07: "'06 to go up in smoke"

1230

Staff

9-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales off 16% to 9221, median unit price up 10% to $475K

1230

Arbruzzese

Hamilton Manor in Hyattsville offers modernized solid units near Metro (1BR@767sqft.=$1031+free prkg)

1231

Editor

The Grown-Ups (Davis/Wolf) Step In--time to mediate in Virginia's GOP fratricide re funding transportation

1231

Vogel

Expansion Proposal for Nat'l Medical Center in Bethesda Draws Traffic Fears--might gain road

1231

Shear

VA Governor Kaine Carries Vow to Fix Traffic Into His 2nd Year--hasn't been able to get $s for roads


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