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DEMOGRAPHIC & ECONOMIC TRENDS -- 1998

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JANUARY, 1998DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
101PyattBricks and Mortar Built Year's Top Local Business Stories: MCI, JKC, Nat'l Apt,, Metro Green ∓ Blue
101EscobarDC population Drops Again--'97 count now 528,964, '96 down to 539,800, hshlds dwn, home sales up
101SanchezPopulation Increases Highest in Western States, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah
102LevineAt Small Protest in Shaw, Convention Center is Big Problem--called monstrosity
102RaspberryEnemies Won't Help You Solve Problems--stop pretending all whites are villains--work together
103Staff6 mos real estate sales: units up 20% in DC, 13% Alexandria, price up 5%, 7%; down 4% in Arlington
109WilliamsCouncil Seeks to Revive Development Corp Plan--Jarvis wants National Capital Revitalization Corp.
109Pan(PG County) Waterfront Project Wins Key Approval along Potomac--green space restrictions eased
110BehrRegion's Jobless Rate Fell to 3.3% in November--2.8% in suburbs, 7.8% in DC; VA:3.4%; MD:4.5%
110BerryUS Closes Out '97 with Big Jobs Gain--4.9% lowest jobless since '73: payrolls up 3.2 to 123.9 million
112CohnDC Revenue Survives Loss of Residents--Affluent Influx helps tax base, says Tax Commission study
117StaffFairfax County 6-mos Real Estate: Prices Off 2% to $196K, Units Off 6% to 6400
118MilloySome News Not Fit for a (ML) King: blacks haven't built 'larger cadre of trained, literate, committed soldiers'
118Cropp, DwightPerformance, Not Race: incensed by locals still putting race over competence--purveying mediocrity, lethargy
119PyattDC Loses Out When Loses People, No Matter What New Tax Rpt Says--200,000 loss 'staggerng' (???)
124StaffMontgomery County 6-mos Real Estate Trends: Prices down 1% to 188K; Units down 4% to 5700
125EditorErrandlock--75% of car trips are not commuters; better arterial roads needed to avoid further gridlock
127LeDucSilver Spring Revitalization Plan Gets Boost from Glendening--wants to spend $21.5M on Downtown
128Perez-RivasGrowth Approved for Friendship Heights--Divided council backs plan for aggressive development
FEBRUARY, 1998
201KingDC Power--African-Americans Frustrated by Suspension of Self-governance--not the first time
201Fletcher30-Year Changes in DC--region's blacks redefined by education, affluence--half 105K hshlds over $50K
201CarrollDC's Varied Black Communities Found Common Anthem after 1968: Majority Status = assertion of self
201FinkelDC Area Landscape: Perrywood--black middle class moving to Pr. George's by 10K's, for homes, schools
201BattiataLandscape: U Street, rebuilt after 1968 riots into one of fifteen 'hippest neighborhoods in US'
201RobinsonReflections on 'Chocolate City'--huge changes for blacks since 'upheaval of 1968'
201RaspberryDC Future--African American middle-class must move beyond barrier of 'civil rights inclinations' (mindset)
206BehrDC Attempts to Win 2000 MCI Jobs from Virginia, but MCI says planning to build near Dulles
207BehrDC Area Jobless Rate (3.1%) Lowest Since '90-- DC=7.7%; Fairfax 2.1%; MC 2.4%; Howard 2.8%, PG 4.8%
207StaffPR. George's County real estate: prices off 3% from 1st half '96; numbers down 15%
207MayerMinorities (up to 23%), Singles (up to35%) Lifted US Home Sales--DC prices 18-20% above US norm
207BerrryUS Jobless Rate Steady at 4.7%--less educated finding more jobs--'tide finally lifting all boats'
208BoasbergTale of Two Convention Centers--DC on brink of repeating a big mistake re new center's proposed site
209ReidMaryland May Get Higher Gas or Sales Tax--to boost transportation fund--roads, mass transit, port, etc.
212PyattMCI Placed A Wake-up Call to DC:--by expanding in VA--no DC effective 'outreach' program in place
214WilliamsControl Bd Halts Plan for Theme Park on 2 Anacostia River islands--no plans provided--DC Officials fume
214Mayer97 Home Sales Up 8.8% Across Area--existing: +11.7%, new,+ 3.3%: total 77,500--DC up 31% to 5500
214StaffPrince William 6-mos real estate sales: numbers up 6% to 1600, median price down 5% to $135K
222BoothMyth of Melting Pot: is '1 nation indivisible' history? '97-50: White 73-53%, Blk 12-14; Asian 4-8%; Hisp 11-25
222AllenVA Lawmakers Push to Fill Tech Jobs--to provide low-cost training for unfilled jobs via comm colleges
226PyattIf District Ditches Convention Center asPlanned, MD and VA are Eager to Fill Void
226EggenPr. William Planners Back $10,200 New House Fee--as part of effort to slow housing growth
226CohnDC Losing Longtime (15+yr) Residents--black hshlds to MD--younger, higher-ed, whites moving in
228Staff8-mos Real Estate trends '96v'97: DC units +12%, price +3%; Alexandria +12%, +6%; Arlington +2%, -2%
MARCH, 1998
301ReidMetro Gets Healthy Dose of Increased Ridership--subway up 4.8% to 529K/day; bus up 2.5% to 364K
301EditorJust How Well Off is Fairfax?residential growth is very expensive, wants to trim 10,400 person gov't
301MayerHome Buyers Moving In--Sales soar in DC, nearby suburbs:DC+31%,Arl/Alex+18%,Ffax+6%,MC,+10%
308LoebSeeking Better View on DC Waterfront--GSA to rehab Nay Yard with pvt developers--want USMC help
310ShearFairfax Bd Considers Face Lift for Blighted Areas--relax some zoning, land-use rules to jump-start revitzn
312Loeb/WilgorenCouncil Plan to Hand Over Economic Development Powers Criticized--by lone dissenter Ambrose, Ward 6
314StaffFairfax Cnty 8-mos real estate trends--unit sales down 4% to 7703, prices steady at $199K
317WheelerAmbassadors Start Polishing Golden Triangle--BID underway 14 wks in 38-block downtown area
318CohnThose Incredible Growing Suburbs--area grew 9% in '90s while DC shrank 13%--good statistics
321StaffMontgomery Cnty 7-mos real estate trends units down 4%; prices down 3%: Potomac/Bethesda up
324Morin'Crisis' Among Blacks--Major Changes in Family Structure--women way ahead of men--only 38% married
325HaggertyLocal Lenders Often Discriminate, Study Shows--two out of five blacks/hispanics rejected for mortgages
328StaffPG Country real estate 8-mos trends -- sales down 16%, prices off 4% to $135K
329BroderWhere the Engines Are--314 metro areas have 17% land, 80% popn, 84% jobs, 83% GDP: DRI/McGrawHill
APRIL, 1998
402SpinnerDeveloper Pollin Offers $60M Remake of USAirways Arena--into shops, sports,entertainment complex
402BehrVirginia Leads as Region Gets $3.2B Bigger Slice of $113.7B Fed Pie: DC,$23B; MD,$37B ;VA$53B
404StaffPrince William 8-mos Real Estate Trends: unit sales up 3%, prices down 5%
404LooseThe Power Brokers of 14th Street..since 1968 riots, non-profits have taken charge of corridor's renewal
406PyattPollin's Plan for USA Arena Capital Idea for Pr. George's remake 'Capital Centre', provide needed shops
406MayerHome Sales Bloom Across Region--properties gong fast--often in days--up 15-25% over 1st Qtr last yr
406EggenHome Values Stagnant Despite Good Economy--assessments show only slight increase in VA,MD
408LooseLocal Companies Urged to Give More Freely: tell corp philanthropy summit they'll expand role--good table
411Staff9-mos real estate trends: DC unit sales +22%, prices +4%; Arlington +5%,-2%; Alex +18%,+6%
412PierreMD's Glendenning Hopes Aid to DC Suburbs Pays Off--$59M more for PG, $88M for Montgomery County
412LawlahOpEdIn Preparation for a Population Boom--MD to have over 1M over 60, 101K over 85 by 2020!
412Perez-RivasMost new Montgomery Voters Going Independent--as of 1998: 227K Dems; 127K Reps; 72K Indeps
415LeDucMD Suburbs Count Their Winnings--Pr. George's, Montgomery county officials pleased by Assembly actions
416StaffMetro Washington COG gives new pop'n projections--4167K up to 5620K by 2020, jobs 2542K up to 3588K
421Perez-RivasMontgomery Cnty Duncan Signs Pact for $321M redevelopment of downtown Silver Spring
421FehrCall Goes Out to Revitalize Downtown by Millenium--ex-Amtrak Chief Downs to lead Wash Cntr Alliance
423WilsonDispute Imperils Bid for 2012 Olympics: leadership infighting disrupts region's effort
424SpinnerNational Harbor Project Endorsed--but final approval to await developer's solutions to traffic problems
425StaffDC Group Proposes Downtown Ballpark--would be built near MCI Center, Convention Centers
425MeltonVirginia's first Technology Chief (Don Upson) to Be from North VA
426Warfield ltrMake Arlington More Family-Friendly--more important to preserve middle class than low-income housing
426SpinnerBoth Sides Deny Harbor Project Debate Racial--$1B entertainment/retail/dining complex vs mom/pop shops
MAY, 1998
501ViseAppleseed Center Releases Report Saying DC Has Lost 26,000 Federal Jobs since 1980.
502EditorA New Harbor on the Potomac--'National Harbor' is statement that Pr. George's is 'open for business'
503ChinoyLow-Income Players Feed Lottery Cash Cow--shows highest $ sales in lowest income ZIP codes--97 data
504PyattHigh Tech Has Home in Pr. George's--dozens of small firms, 10 fed research agencies already there
506EditorChoke Point for the Region--May 28th conference not enough--mere talk doesn't get people anywhere
509BerryUS Jobless Rate Hits 28-yr Low--down from 4.7% to 4.3% in April to 5.9M--44% out of work 5wks or less
509BehrDC Jobless Up to 9.3%, MD down to 4.6, VA down to 3.3--DC workforce over 608K, losses due to govt jobs
509Staff9 Mos Pr. George's Real Estate Trends: numbers down 15% to 6380, price down 4% to $134.9K
512Perez-RivasZoning Official Endorses North Bethesda hotel/conf center complex--counts on road improvements
515StaffWard 4 Profile: pop'n -12% in 6 yrs; 78% black; 85% Dem;36% gov't wkrs; 53% turnout; 19% kids privschls
516Staff9-mos real estate sales in Fairfax County--unit sales (8788) and prices ($197K) down 1%
518BehrTracking Local Economy:inflation, jobless below nat'l avg; job growth par; 80% new jobs in services
518SwobodaThe Sky's the Limit: Region's Airports are Teeming Business Centers--Profits Taking Off too--not for DC!
518PyattHelp Wanted in DC--for failing job market--9+% DC jobless, vs 3-% in suburbs: (low) skills don't match jobs
520StaffToo Many Teen/Single Moms--2/3rd babies illigit.; 1/6th moms under 20--Feds offer $20M to biggest drop
521StaffWard 8 Profile: -19% pop'n; 90% blk;86% Dem; 45% govt wkrs; 44% turnout; 94% Barry;10% kids pvt schl
526HullIn Outer Suburbs, Name of the Game is Children: 60% married, 45% w/kids--DC: 29% married; 25% w/kids
528Loeb/DeaneSurvey Finds Optimism Re DC's Future: 75% blks, 72% wht optimistic; 38%blk,29%wht say on right track
530Staff11-mos real estate trends, Faifax: numbers hold at 10,500, avg price down 1% to $196K
531StaffWard 7 Profile: -19% pop'n; 96% blk; 87% Dem; 45% govt wkrs, 49% turnout; 86% Barry; 7% kids pvt schl
JUNE, 1998
601BehrCase of Disappearing DC Taxpayers: 20.3K move in v 25.5K out, 1.49 v 1.73 fam size, $30.4K v $34.8K avg inc.
604StaffWard 1 Profile: -10% pop'n; 49% blk; 76%Dem; 23% govt wkrs; 42% turnout; 51% Barry; 12% kids pvt schl
605Haggerty Ritz-Carlton to Return to DC--with hotel as anchor for mixed-use 1-block project in 'West End' (22 and MSt)
606BehrJoblessness Fades in DC Suburbs: 2.2% overall, 1.9% NoVA; 2.2% Montgomery Cnty; 8.3% in DC
606Staff11-month Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: units sold down 5% to 9260, price down 3% to $186.5K
606Smart(Labor Dept) Report Finds US Economy Still Strong--4.3% jobless lowest since 1970--adding 300K jobs/mos
608TwomeyAs District Comes Back, so Does Sarah--optimism over city lures back the young, childless, and professional
611StaffWard 3 Profile: -4% pop'n; 5% blk; 65%Dem; 20% govt wkrs; 58% turnout; 7% Barry; 65% kids pvt schl
611LoebFor Washington, a Positive Mark of Distinction: Money Mag. names DC area "best place to live in NE USA"
612StaffPG County Exec Curry Laments Lack of Economic Development Funds in newly approved MD budget
613StaffPrince Wm County 11-mos real estate trends: sales down 13%, median price down 27%
614UttThe Mirage of Megaplax Development--questionable economic contribution to shrinking base of residents
615EditorAnother Go At Potomac Yard--300 acre development must balance residential, business wishes
615HaggertyCommercial Construction in DC Area Surged in '97--473 new projects valued at $1.8B=banner year, says COG
619EditorLuring High Tech Here--region has potential to attract many more businesses, but gotta offer more than tax cuts
622MillsCall of the Dialing Dollars--Chairmen of MCI,WorldCom Talk Merger, plans to train 2000 for DC jobs
623HaggertyGround-breaking Week for DC--3 office bldgs to rise on spec S of old Convention Center, 4000 wkr spaces
624EditorDowntown is Looking Up--ec development up--Congress should avoid back-door schemes to derail plans
624Pererz-RivasRockville Pike Project Approved: Montgomery Council backs (6/3) rezoning for (small) convention center
625StaffWard 5 Profile: -10% pop'n; 89% blk; 86%Dem; 37% govt wkrs; 48% turnout; 78% Barry; 13% kids pvt schl
629PyattA 'Living Downtown' Needs Places To Live: downtown ec development OK--housing is missing element
630Wilson/HeathDC Joins Baltimore in bid for 2012 Olympics--Barry/Schmoke each appoint 5 bd mbrs execs pledge $500K
JULY, 1998
703BerryNational Jobless Rate Climbed to 4.5% in June (frm 4.3% low), despite 205K payroll job gains
704StaffMontgomery Cnty Real Estate Trends ('96-'97) house sales up 10% to 10K, median price up 3% to $185K
705EditorLet the Games Begin--no better place than Washington/Baltimore for 2012 Olympic Games--decide in 2002
706PyattTale of Two Cities and One Big Opportunity--two cities' businessmen working together is key for region
707SegalDC's Law Firms Scramble to Recruit as workload intensifies--revenues up 11% to $2.1B, profits up 10% to 859M
708WheelerWard 6 Profile: -19%pop'n; 69% blk; 81% Dem; 37% govt wkrs; 46% turnout; 62% Barry; 12% kids pvt schl
709EditorMore Flights at National?--shouldn't let whims and travel plans of key lawmakers upset air traffic patterns
711LelenMoving Up In SE DC--1128 new homes, low cost/int rates revitalizing Ward 7,8--replacing empty pub housing
711ReidSenator McCain Softens Stand on Flights at National--wont hold up appointments, funding
713Vise/EvansConvention Center to Get Backing of DC Control Board--plans to help expedite giant bldg: Moran approves
714EvansControl Board Endorses Conv. Center; Foes Say They're Being Silenced--Davis, Norton ignore opponents
715EvansGAO Says Convention Center Costs Rise--estimating 9% Increase to $708M--Davis, Norton will scrutinize
715FehrFlight Plan for National Taking Off--operating at only 80% of capacity--opponents worry over noise, safety
718StaffPrince George's real estate trends for '97: sales down 22% to 8100; prices down 4% to $133K
718WheelerCelebrating the Civil War's Forgotten Ones--Statue of Back Troops to be Unveiled at U St/Cardozza Metro
719ReidIn MD, End of Red Line Beginning for Glenmont: last metro station to open--route reshaped Montgomery Cnty
719PyattThrowing Cold Water on Plans for New Convention Center--crucial $ questions remain--like ground water
724EggenWashington Region Leads Nation in Housing Growth--330K bldg permits in '90s beats LA, Atlanta, NY, Chicago
725StaffFairfax County '97 Real Estate Trends: total sales up 2% to 11500, price down 0.5% to $195K
725LewisLatest Downtown Silver Spring Plan Shows Considerable Promise--new commercial/civic town center
AUGUST, 1998
806BehrDC Makes Local Jobs Its Business--marketing project aims to lure firms...pushed by DCDHCD's Monteilh
808BehrJobless Rate Up Slightly in DC Area frm 8.1% to 9.0%: 612K jobs in DC; govt jobs 227K down 3% in year
808BerryUS Jobless Rate Unchanged in July at 4.5%--131.1M employed, down 300K--66.9% of working age popn
813GinsbergSuburban Firms Turn to City for Workers--inner city workers have 90% retention vs 60% nationwide
816Kendall (BoT)Build More Roads and Bridges Too--BdofTrade urges DC,VA and MD to back new MWRegTransAct
818Melton VA's Gov. Gilmore on Wave of Good Cash Flow--expects to fulfill tax cut, hire 3400 more teachers
818BabingtonDemocrats Hedging on MD tax cut being pushed by Gov candidate Sauerbrey
819BakerMD Dem Gov Glendening May offer Tax Cut to Maryland, to counter plan by Rep challenger, Sauerbrey
822MontgomeryFunding of DC Convention Center Challenged: Shaw activists sue over use of improperly collected taxes
822LelenLocal Housing Sales Volume Up Across the Region--DC:+48%, Montgomery Cnty: +30%, Fairfax: +34%
822EditorTo Get The Region Moving: DoT providing valuable assistance to get region working together on plans
829StaffFairfax County real estate trends Jan-Feb '97 vs '98: volume up 23% to 1338, price steady at $185K
831CohnLives Transplanted, Region Transformed--350K+ immigrants since '83--16% pop'n from 180 countries
SEPTEMBER, 1998
907PyattCan 'Rising Tide Initiative' Lift DC's Economy?--do big businesses need tax credit to relocate in DC?
910MontgomeryWard 8 Residents Lose Their Last (41-yr old Safeway) Supermarket--nearest 2 miles away in PG Cnty
912LelenStock Slide Trims Area Home Sales in $400K+ Category--lack of down payment, collateral
912StaffMontgomery Cnty real estate trends 1Q98: sales up 3% to 2140; price down 6% to $182K frm 1Q97.
914BehrTech Industries Rival Fed Work Force in Region--shaping up as 'Info/comm cluster'--328K v 340K fed wkrs
919HavemannCambridge, Mass Gets Economic Boom--as rent controls end, poorer pay price--only 4 states,DC remain
921BehrFor a New Mayor--an Old Problem--DC's chronic unemployment (24K) almost 3x metro avg
923StaffCouncil Tries to Prevent SE Supermarket from Closing--by emergency legislation extending notice period
925Vise/WilliamsControl Bd Wants More Work on Bill to Block Ward 8 Safeway Closure (no financial impact statement)
925WheelerHistoric Proposal for Shaw--proponents urge new 36-block preservation area for black's 'U St Corridor'
925VobejdaPoverty Falls as US Median Hshld Inc Up to $37K: (PovLev $16.4K); Asians $45.2K; Whts $39K; Blks $25.0K
925Spinner/ReidMetro's Greenbelt Complex on Track--huge new investments planned at MD subway stops--little in DC
926EditorWrong Way on Safeway--DC Council errs seriously in trying to halt closing of non-profitable SE supermkt
926StaffPrince George's County real estate trends--1Q98: sales up 15% to 2141, price down 6% to $132K over 1Q97
928PyattDC Council's Chilling Message to Safeway and Other Businesses--better way needs to be found
930StaffPG County High Tech Jobs Surge to 33.5K in 837 firms, 2nd only to Montgomery with 2104 firms
930HaggertyGas Assn Moving (2 mi?) from Rosslyn VA to DC--to gets its 120 employees closer to Hill, regulators
OCTOBER, 1998
1002BarrFunding Bill for Treasury, USPS, Gen Gov't Opns Stalled, Revealing GOP split--13 spending bills stuck
1005Bus TimesCarrAmerica Creates DC Unit to Develop Offices--to cater to clients wanting more downtown offices
1007ViseEconomist O'Cleireacain Warns of Weakness in DC Recovery--urges changes in fiscal, labor policies
1009SipressNew Flights At National Opposed---Gingrich stand makes increase pushed by McCain less likely
1010StaffMontgomery County 4 mos real estate trends: units up 7% to 3120, price down 7% to $181K for 4 mos 98
1012EditorDiscovery in Silver Spring--downtown revival suddenly within reach--due to AmFilm Inst, Discovery Comm.
1012Bus TimesHigh Tech Firms Defend Pursuit of Foreign Workers--pushing INS to relax visa caps claim labor shortage
1012HaggertyRennovation Blues--Upgrading downtown office bldg to force out tenants paying $18 v normal $40/sqft
1017StaffPrince William County 4-mos real estate trends--sales up 22% to 858, price down 5% to $130K
1024StaffPG County 4-mos real estate trends: sales up 6% to 2920 units; prices down 6% to $132K
1028FehrAn Alliance No More: Downtown Group Splits, chairman quits--office rent at $45 or living rent at $20/sqft ?
1030ConstableCivil Rights Group Pans DC--too few Latinos (624) among city workers (35,415!) claim to be 10% of DC pop'n
1030ShearCongress Allows Land Swap--would give family OK to develop Lorton, in return for Mason Neck sanctuary
1031StaffHoward County 5-mos real estate trends: sales up 9% to 1621, price up 1% to $171.2K
NOVEMBER, 1998
1102CohnA Different DC Goes to Polls--shift gives more power to whites, affluents; blacks below 62%, more diverse
1106BerryJobless Rate Flat at 4.6%--despite lower than expected job growth--average hourly wage $12.88
1107StaffLoundon County 5 mos real estate trends sales up 11% to 1784; price up 3% to $195K
1108Behr/ViseEc Growth Plan in Works for DC--Williams, Control Bd target 6 neighborhoods--along Capitol St/7thSt axis
1110LeibovichAOL Makes New Connections with Local Industry--CEO Steve Case helps boost region hi-tech
1112Behr/ViseDC Plan Envisions New Ec Incentives--business, civic leaders plan big with DC gov't DHCD Monteilh
1112MorleyFrom Parking Lot to Park--after 20 yrs, prospects up for spruced-up 10-acre park along Potomac in G'town.
1113Vise/BehrWilliams Plans Tax Cuts for Small Businesses--pushes hi-tech private sector w/neighborhood focus
1114RobertsDC Business is Beaming--Mayor-elect lights up Chamber of Commerce faces--promises tax cuts, etc.
1116Pyatt(economic ) Plans Grow on Trees, But Don't Get to the Root (neglected neighborhoods non-downtown)
1116Cohn1 in 3 (Metro) Area Households Headed by Women--rate growing everywhere but declining in DC
1119BehrDC's Phantom Contracts--study surprised to find federal impact way overstated--$1.4M v 'official' $4.2M
1119SaulnyCurry Paints Rosy Prince George's in State of the County Address--ahead in education, crime, economics
1121Staff5-mos Prince Williams real estate trends: sales up 21% to 1191, price down 4% to $132K
1127StaffCensus Promotes Public Awareness--help get people counted--1990 may have missed 21K minorities
1128Staff5-mos PG real estate trends: sales up 6% to 3685 units, price down 6% to $131K
DECEMBER, 1998
1201BehrDC Moves to Grab Share of Tech Boom--form a Tech Council to promote NoMa area S of NYAve, Wof1stSt
1205BerryUS Jobless Rate Falls--Layoffs offset by hiring--US down to 4.4%; DC up to 9%, MD, 4.1%, VA, 3.1%
1205StaffMontgomery Cnty 6-mos real estate trends: unit sales up 9% to 5417, price down 6% to $183.9K
1206WilliamsEnvironmental Issues Aired in DC--Norton urges redevelopment of urban areas at 'summit' meeting
1206LeibovichDigital Capital Emerges on Potomac--327K jobs:52% VA, 39.4% MD; 8.6% DC--DC below 4.3% nat avg
1207Behr/WeeksDreams Give Rise to an Industry--Technology Inc--how the region embraced innovation---w/fed help
1207PyattAs for NoMa Triangle: Try Measuring Downside--should await Council's coming Comprehensive Plan
1208HenryExtending an Entrepreneurial Helping Hand--Washington's Investing 'Angels' help new companies
1208CottmanWilliams Urges DC/University Partnerships--to help revitalize run-down areas of DC (like Howard U plan)
1209WilsonMontgomery Leaders Split on Transit Plans--some want 'light rail' line parallel to Beltway further out
1211ShearMarriott to Build New Offices--plans spark contest among area counties--new headquarters for 3000 wkrs
1214PyattSupermarkets Need Some Fresh DC Addresses--groceries a basic necessity--equal access needed
1215Lipton11th Hour Debate on 'Vibrant' Downtown--outgoing Council may restore plan's housing incentives
1215WilsonMD Urged to Offer More to Keep Marriott Headquarters with 3000 jobs--might move to VA (not DC!)
1216LiptonBlueprint for Building Better Capital City--Council Plan seeks more jobs, housing, hotels, downtown, elsewhere
1218BehrTechnology Firm (Qwest Com Inc) Picks City Site at NY/Fla Ave for switching terminals--'few dozen jobs'
1219StaffDC Area 1997 real estate trends: DC sales up 23%, price +6%; Alexandria sales up 24%, price +8% for yr
1221EditorThe Real 'Plan' for DC--contains many good features, but new mayor, Council should 'take a fresh look'
1221PyattAd Hoc Planning No Planning at All:--last minute changes favor non-residential uses; NY Ave plans ignored
1228Behr (cont) New Year Brings New Problems--Bd of Trade Potomac Conf to focus on regionalizing future ec growth
1231CohnDC Population Loss Eases Again in '98--Census claims only 6800 net loss: MD pop'n up 40K, VA up 54K
1231HaggertyArea Office Bldg Sales Soar (to $4.5B)--300M sqft tot--DC=$2.1B, @$210/sqft v Md @$122, VA @$162/sqft

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