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DEMOGRAPHIC & ECONOMIC TRENDS -- 1997

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JANUARY 1997
107 Behr DC Lost 955 Employers in 5 Years, Analysis Finds
FEBRUARY, 1997
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Real Estate Sales down in Prince George's County
208 Behr/Singletary DC Jobs Picture Brightens--Fall in Work force Slowed at end 1996
208Berry Work Force Grows at Healthy Pace Nationally
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Housing Prices down in DC, Alexandria, up in Arlington
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Housing Prices Hold Steady in Fairfax County
MARCH, 1997
308Post Washington Area Real Estate Trends--Prince Georges sales, prices up
313Editor Reclaiming a Federal City...--supporting Clinton's Economic Development Corp
321 Cohn Region Continues to Grow Despite Drop in Births DC -2%, in yr MD &;VA up
323
Vanishing Greenspace--metro sprawl throughout region 1980-2020
326Powell DC Faulted for Lacking an Economic Strategy--to counteract job loss
APRIL, 1997
405 Behr District Economy Off to Good Start in '97--6yr low in jobless (way above suburbs)
407Behr The Navy Yard's Promise of Renewal--com dev, Workers' transfers to be catalyst
412
Montgomery County Real Estate: fewer sales, slightly lower cost
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Fairfax County Real Estate: fewer sales, slightly higher prices
MAY, 1997
518 Rusk How We Promote Poverty--grappling with years of neglect
518 Turner Segregation by the Numbers--only black poverty highly concentrated
522Pyatt DC's Public & Private Sectors Finally May be Ready to Dance--Ec Dev Board
522Reid Departing DC Jobs Didn't Lessen Gridlock--more solo car drivers, steady Metro riders
JUNE, 1997
605 Behr/Lelen Reagan (Federal Office) Building Nears Debut--home for 7000 federal employees
607 Behr Unemployment Rates Fall (to 3.3%) Throughout Region: DC down from 7.8 to 7.2 %
607 Staff Pr. William Housing Sales Drop in Number and Cost in 1996
614 Staff Montgomery County Housing Sales Drop in Number and Cost in 1996
Meyer/Behr In Pr. George's, 2 Steps Up, 1 Back: job development isn't keeping pace with business moves
619 Vise Norton Fights to Keep ATF (1000jobs) in DC: Sen Warner and Rep Davis trying to move it to VA
623 Schmidt President Set to Spell Out Urban Agenda (based on new HUD report)--could help DC
627 Montgomery MCI Center (sports arena) Promises More Construction Jobs for DC--to meet promises
628 Staff Montgomery County Condo Sales Drop in Number and Cost in 1996
630 Editor Uncle Sam is Needed Downtown--i.e. don't move ATF offices to Virginia
JULY, 1997
710 Behr DC Employment to Grow in Long Term, says COG Report (but small share of metro total)
712 Haggerty Downtown DC Pioneers Eager for Neighbors (urging residential uses for empty Tariff Bldg)
714 Letter Keeping Federal Jobs in the District (arguing to keep 800 FDA employees in DC)
725 Wheeler Many Voices, No Harmony in DC's Shaw Neighborhood--re convention center
726 Murphy DC Picked for Catholic Cultural Center--including think-tank and museum named for Pope
727 Fehr Property Owners Commit to Revive DC: to pay $7.7M pa for safety, cleanliness 120 blocks downtown
728 Pyatt Even Before Barry's Ride, the City Had Started to Slide (pop'n decline in '70s)
730 Fehr Barry Boosts Downtown Tax (Business Improvement) District (paying for services city isn't providing)
AUGUST, 1997
801BehrIn Columbia Heights, a Hope for Help--in plan's tax breaks for some businesses
802BerryJobless Rate Drops Slightly in DC (to 6.7%) compared to 4.8% for US
809StaffDC (up) ,Alexandria (up), Arlington (down) real estate trends Jan 97 vs Jan 96
810MilloyA Look Inside the Psyche of Black America--blacks don't have confidence in each other
818Pyatt2 New Giants (huge PG stores) that Make Washington's Efforts Look Small--no big sites in DC
821MontgomeryHundreds Line Up for (900 part-time) Jobs at Downtown Sports Arena--from Shaw area
823StaffMontgomery County '96-'97 real estate trends--sales and prices down somewhat
830StaffFairfax County Real Estate Trends: home sales down 12%--prices down 7%
SEPTEMBER, 1997
905EvansNonProfit Group Formed to Attract Foreign Travelers to DC Region: Capital Region, USA
906BehrDC Area Has Gain of 50,000 jobs Jul 96-97: DC employment now 247,735--up 5500 in year
906StaffPrince George's Real Estate Trends Jan 96-97: numbers and price down 10%
906PearlsteinUS Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly to 4.9%: (7.5% black, 3.6% white men)but 200,000 jobs added
907Young LtrShould I not Have Left the City?--did too many pol savvy, knowledgeable, educated folks leave?
917Counts (reader)Decay of the District--challenges (to keep business) ignored by "failed leadership"
920StaffReal Estate Trends Jan '96-'97: DC even; Alexandria up in # and $; Arlington down in # and $
925PageWashington Opera's Move Downtown in Question--$200M cost too high--Kennedy Center bargaining
929PyattSearch for a Framework for Economic Development--must look beyond downtown to city, residents
OCTOBER, 1997
1001EditorTry to Keep the Opera Downtown--needs better facilities--could be important downtown focus
1004ForgeyA Long Way to Go: Giant Convention Center Takes Baby Step--approved by NatCapPlngCommission
1007Loeb(5-acre) Anacostia River (Kids') Theme Park Again on Hold--environmental issues raised to block lease
1011BehrTax Break's Crazy Quilt of Winners, Losers: concern for who benefits points up Congressional folly
1013FehrDC Hopes Arena Is Just a Warm-up, but few firm plans for more Downtown Revival
1015EvansConvention Center Battle Continues--undaunted by site approval, critics target finances, construction
1016StaffWhat DC Makes for Dinner: Reservations--DC disposable household income way above nat average
1018StaffLoudoun County real estate sales off 10% in number and price over Jan-Mar '96.
1019SullivanTargeted Tax Breaks Miss the Mark:wrong criteria and beneficiaries: Congress into wishful thinking
1023MontgomeryNot Quite a Neghborhood--positive residential growth still hasn't achieved a "living downtown" in DC
1024HaggertyMetro Picks Developers for Gallery Place Property--Gateway Square to have shops, movies, pkg, apts
1031FehrPricey New Sports Venues Help Make DC No. 1 in US for High-Cost Tickets; MCI, JKCooke Stadium
NOVEMBER, 1997
1101BehrArea Tech FirmsGrowing Despite Worker Shortage: job growth MD: +1.8% ; VA: +2.3% ;DC: -1.3%
1108StaffHousing sales '97v'96: DC up 7% in number and price; Alexandria even; Arlington down a bit
1108StaffGeorgetown Improvement Plan Weighed: Business Owners to vote on BID surtax .15/$100 ass'd value
1109EdiorPay and Go In Maryland: Montgomery and PG Counties realizing merits of being 'business friendly'
1117HaggertyA Building Boom Raises Caution--Suburban Office Construction Market Enjoys Big Comeback
1118FehrDowntown Area Getting A Clean Start--safety, maintenance teams kick off $38.5M BID effort
1119CohnDC Losing Singles, (Hshlds), Poor People Study Shows: down to 541,000 in '96, blacks down to 59%
1122StaffMontgomery County median '97 house sale price 3% below Jan-May '96 (to $186,000): number same
1123SpinnerNeighboring MD Counties Part Company on Development: PG slowing down, Montgomery eases regs
1123Sen. MoynihanNot Bad for a Century's Work: 96 years to fix up Pennsylvania Ave, Reagan Building latest addition
1124StaffDC, with 37% of metro office space, has 43% of current vacancies, 36% of new space being built
1127MontgomeryDC Residents Win Some, Lose Some--at MCI Center: got 420 construction jobs, now maybe 700+ inside
1130MontgomeryMCI Center: Journey to the Unknown--Metro easiest way to go, but parking available for a price
DECEMBER, 1997
1202EditorDowntown's New Lantern--MCI Arena's old hand Polin has made good investment in DC's future
1203BabingtonBaltimore, DC May Team Up for 2012 Olympic Bid--urged to combine, not compete
1204BabingtonRegion's (Corporate) Leaders Unite to Woo 2012 Olympics--not sure who's on top: DC or Baltimore
1206BehrSuburban Jobless rate down to 2.9%--worker shortage increases--DC jobless up to 8.1% from 7.7%
1206BerryUS Jobless Rate (4.6%) Lowest in 24 Years--butr inflation remains in check
1207Elrich/GoldmanDeal for Developers, Drubbing for Taxpayers: Montgomery 'pay-and-go' poor policy, crowds schools
1207FrazierPr. George's Now 62% Black (up from 51% in 1990)--most new under 35, no kids, hshld inc $35K,$45K+
1208HaggertyRenaissance Man, Mr. Fit-It, Jemal buys old DC buildings renews them: now 7th street near MCI Arena
1208PyattWhat DC Needs Is Tax Revenue, Jobs and Training--O'Cleireacain right--still need bigger Fed payment
1210Wheeler(Shakespeare) Theater Group Buys Vacant Building on Capitol Hill--plan renovations
1210SpinnerPr. George's Curry Approves Cap on New Development--Montgomery, Charles, go different way
1213StaffFairfax County real estate way down: units sold off 44%; prices down 8% from Jan-May 1996
1213WilsonFor 2012 Olympics, United City Might be US Best Bet--9 US cities vying--DC/Baltimore middle of pack
1214Davis/ThomasIn Affluent Suburbs, Young Users and Sellers Abound--14,000 treated in Fairfax in last 4 years
1214Eggen/PaeAnti-Develpment Forces Massing Along Home Front: traffic, taxes, crowded schools rouse suburbs
1217WilliamsNational Children's Island' Theme Park for DC Takes Step Forward: Council vote 7 to 6 for 99-year lease
1218Perez-RivasFolks in Silver Spring Think Town Center Might be Answer to Reviving its aging Downtown
1219CohnCensus Finds Pattern in Suburbs--Asians, Latinos to VA, Blacks to MD--blacks minority in Arl,Ffax,Mont.
1228PyattUnion Station Overlooked as Major DC Asset--no plan, no vision to fix area north of it : incomprehensible

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