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DEMOGRAPHIC & ECONOMIC TRENDS -- 1999

JANUARY, 1999DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
102EditorHome Run for Prince George's--expanded low interest loan program for renters, buyers key to growth
104PyattWilliams Needs to Take the Lead in DC's Economic Development--reconcile various plans on table
108BehrDC Employment Rises-tiny November increase of 1500 first in 68 mos--jobless rate still 2x MD, 3x VA
109Smart4.3% US Jobless Rate Lowest Since '70--loss of 13K in mfg offset by 290K gain in services, construction
111BehrRising Above Poverty Line--region drops 27%, DC only 17%: 5.7:1 over/under pov. line vs 22:1 in suburbs
111BehrTechnology Takes on Leadership Role--business leaders turn ec power to pol clout to aid regional growth
113ReidIn Chamber Comm Poll, 60% of Alexandrians Favor 12-Lane Bridge--contrary to local Old Town activists,
113ShearMD, VA Intensify Wooing Mariott--offers prepared in bidding war for new hdqrtrs--up to $30M tax breaks
115BehrDC, Prince George's Fail to Win Grants--joint proposal for enterprise zone tax credits scored too low
123LewisA Call to Stop Buying Into Sprawl--local gov'ts can't buy up all open spaces--public must control selves
123StaffDC 4-mos real estate trends--DC sales up 37% to 1157, Arlington up 34%, Alexandria up 20%, prices even
127WeeWilliams Wants DC, Suburbs to Join Forces--team up for global economy--Davis says welcome change
128EditorTransit Relief in Virginia--governor gotta do more than add Tyson's links, fix Vienna station parking
130BerryUS Economy Outpaces Growth Forecasts--4th qtr 5.6% annual rate adds disposable income, low inflation
130LelenSOLD! --Hot real estate market across region: sales up 45%, prices up 6% in 2 yrs: DC sales up 90%
130Lelen (cont)SOLD! --DC gets 13% of region's housing sales; avg prices 10-12% below Fairfax, Montgomery counties
FEBRUARY, 1999DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
202HaggertyDC Office Leasing Up Sharply--3M sqft added in '98 enough for 13,000 new private sector workers
202WilsonMD Offers Millions to Keep Marriott from moving to VA--offer $17M in state grants, loans and tax credits
205Staff WBJCouncilman Jack Evans: Marriott Should Move to DC--where they started--too late, big state incentives
206BerryJobless Rates for Blacks (7.8%), Hispanics (6.6%) Fall Nationwide--to 20 yr low, but DC jobless up to 8.6%
211LelenArea Home Sales Lead Nation--DC up 33%, MD up 27%, VA up 24% from 1997: DC median sale $168K
212SipressSenate Bill Woul Add 48 Flights at National--area officials decry McCain-led effort
213StaffMontgomery County 7-mos real estate trends--sales up 9% to 8000 units, price down 3% to $189K
214WoodleeYoung Black Professionals Prepare to Lead--networking group puts them in touch with leaders, each other
215WilsonPublic Justification, Private Resentment of Md Offer to Marriott--businessmen call it $50M 'shake-down'
215FisherChevy Chase; 1916--for everyman a new lot in life--new model suburb for 'discriminating' middle class
216EditorSen McCain's Airport Bomb--destroys pact for regional authority to keep Congress from micomanaging
218LiptonMayor Backs Baseball Stadium--aggressive effort vowed to get team--wants downtown stadium!
218Pyatt, OpEdIn Trying to Keep Marriott, Md Puts Itself in Tough Spot--bad precendent: now damned if does or doesn't
219LiptonVision of Self-Financed $300M Downtown Ballpark--Mayor sees no taxpayer funds--part of urban comeback
219ReidMetro Considers 25-yr Expansion Proposals--vs repair needs: beyond beltway, along beltway (in parts)
219HaggertyNew $25M NE Redline Metro Sta at NY / FL Aves Gains Private Support--Revive NY Ave w/20M sqft blgs)
220BredemeierDulles Corridor Growth gives Fairfax Cnty more office space than all but 4 US cities downtown: NY, LA, DC, Chicago!
220BredemeierNew Offices Springing Up Along Dulles Corridor--8.5M sqft underway:developers speculating on half
220EditorBaseball Balloon--future will depend on money and credibility for franchise--doesn't hurt to take a shot
222Pyatt OpEdBaseball? Yes. But Not at THAT Ballpark--$300M stadium near Mt. Vernon Sq., downtown, half-baked idea
224WilsonMarriott Seeks Bigger Tax Break for Staying Put--want property taxes cut in addition to $58M package
224LiptonDC Bid for Baseball in Full Swing--Mayor, Council push downtown stadium over 2nd choice to rebuild RFK
225PyattMayor, Council Need to Step Up to Plate on Real Issues of DC Economy--real planning, not ball park
225HaggertyLocal Developer Jemal to Buy Woodies Building for $28M--big profit for Washington Opera
MARCH, 1999DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
208ComDenomAnacostia Debates Controversial Office Development at MLK Ave and Good Hope Road--activists object
222Charry (CD)Historic Bowen YMCA Building in Shaw to Get New Life as Thurgood Marshall Center
301WilliamsBattered Wilson Building Now a Battlefield--DC Council now wants whole space back from inept developer
301EditorSuburban Attempts to Stem Sprawl Defeated in Richmond--Governor opposes growth limit laws
302HaggertyHigh Hopes for DC Retail--old Garfinckel's and Woodies bldgs to get stores, offices, apartments
303BehrMarriott Cites 'Responsive' MD offer--$58M 'levels playing field' to halt move to VA--lowers property taxes
304LiptonDowntown Baseball Stadium Faces Opposition--other sites may be better: RFK, Buzzard's Pt, Anacostia
305Lipton4 Firms Competing to Develop 13 acre site at Columbia Heights, near Metro--DHCD gets plans in 60 days
306LooseGift for Giving Emerges from Area Corporations--survey shows sharp rise in philanthropy
306StaffMontgomery Cnty 10-mos real estate trends: 1998 sales up 3% to 9828 , price down 4% to $188K over 1997
306ViseControl Board Overrules Council, Rejecting Children's Island Theme Park Plan--could cost DC too much
307EditorBarren Acres--at 14th and Park Rd--symbolizes what's wrong with 31 yrs of DC economic development
314SpinnerUpping Ante in Enterprise Zones--PG's Curry, James offer bigger incentives to lure firms to Capitol Hgts
314ShearRate of Development Again Prompts Concern in Fairfax--traffic and environmental concerns at top
315PyattSunny Day? MD Gave Marriott the Moon--no taxpayer say in welfare to rich US corp: $70-105K per job
316StaffMeeting Fails to Resolve 49-acre Land Dispute between Soldiers' Home and Catholic University
320KingLong View for Anacostia--equating UDC move to slave trade marginalizes cruel past--Anacostia will rise
322PyattToss the Old Cures and Find New Traffic Decongestant--time for BdofTrade to go back to drawing board
322MeltonVA Gov Gilmore Seeks to Build Legacy as Champion of Hi-Tech Industries to improve quality of life
323StaffAll Federal Government Property: rents 19.Msqft in DC for $441.1M--owns 9000 acres, 1689 buildings
325WilsonGrowth in Montgomery Cnty Economy--12,000 new jobs in '98, many hi-tech, 5M sqft commercial coming
327StaffDC 5-mos real estate trends: sales +35% to 1448; prices -6% to $148K( EoA 86.5,WoA 154.4, Arl 219.4)
330StaffChavous Plans Probe of Special Ed Woes by Council's Education Committee--can't wait five years
330WilgorenSE More Eager than NW For UDC--poor students, crumbling bldgs; good Anacostia river bank site
331WilsonSoccerPlex Gets Go-ahead in Montgomery--$19.8M facility for 24 fields, other sports on part of 658 acre park
331WheelerYearlong Millenium Party Planned for DC--'enhance image, economy, and culture of nation's capital'
APRIL, 1999DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
317Terry (Gaz)Montgomery Cnty Marriott Deal offers $31-$44M incentives, $30M road upgrades for 4200 employees
401LiptonColumbia Heights Takes Flight--metro station brings $135M 13-acre redevlpmnt 1800 jobs, $48Mpayroll
402Dean (CtyPap)320-acre, 140-yr-old US (enlisted) Soldier's, Airmen's Home for 1100 nears insolvency: $9M shy in '99
403Staff5-mos real estate trends: Arlington sales +26%, price +3% to $227K, Alexandria +32%, prices +14% to $239K
405PyattEast of the Anacostia River Lies a Land of Opportunity--review land-use policies, focus on Ward 8
407BehrMD Beats VA on 1998 Job Growth--MD grew 57K to 2.32M, VA added 78K for 3.3M total
408Staff18 Seniors to Celebrate First-time Purchase of Homes--buying newly renovated apartments in Shaw
411MilloyRefining Gold from Tarnished Neighborhoods--17 blocks of H St.NE can be restored, say locals
412EvansThe Ultra-Posh Condo Comes to DC--complex w/hotel replaces Georgetown incinerator--avg 1900 sqft units
412PyattMaryland's '98 2.5% Job Growth Rate No Surprise to State--helped by Md Dept of Bus/Ec Development
414Behr'98 Fed Spending In (Via?) Region Set Record--$71B helped economy surge (most contracted to elsewhere)
416HaggertyBethesda's Tower Timeout--Planners put brakes on Commercial Growth--3 huge new bldgs still in works
417StaffMontgomery Cnty 11-mos real estate trends--unit sales up 3% to 10.7K; price down 3% to $188K
418Spinner535-acre PG Nat'l Harbor resort plan (just below DC on river) Gets Boost--passes environmental review
419HenryInvasion of the California Deal-makers--big firms coming to metro region (but not much to DC)
425SpinnerPr. George's Rethinking Zoning Laws--OKs for 1100- and 800-acre projects off Rte 301 may get reversed
426VogelBattle of Arlington: How the Pentagon Got Built--not enough room downtown, plenty just across river in VA
426SmartWashington Workers by numbers--avg hshld inc=$87K; 45% $75K+; 81% white collar; 42% college grad
426Smart(cont)Workers: 300Klive, 600Kwork in DC, MC 480/430; PG 460/280; Arl/Alex 185/230; Ffax 575/500; PW 160/120K
427VogelMarines Gung-Ho to Build $100M, 460K sqft Museum at Quantico--Pr. Williams site not yet finalized
427HaggertyNY Avenue Site Proposed for $135M, 320K sqft ATF building for 1000 employees at new metro station
428Woodlee$1 Billion Fannie Mae Plan to Aid Home Buyers--and clear title to 1200 city-owned tax-sale properties;
MAY, 1999DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
501Staff7 mos DC real estate trends, Jan-July '98: sales up 32% to 2236, med price down 4% to 155K vs '97
501BerryUS Economy Keeps Surging--strong consumer spending (at 6.7%) drives GDP growth to 4.5%
503HaggertySilver Spring (MD) Steps Up--its revival centers on Discovery Corp., new town center--vacancy rates drop
504StoughtonGrocers Begin to See DC Market as Just Super--firms now looking at new DC sites after favoring suburbs
508Staff$1.3 in Fed Grants to Fund Planning Efforts in Area: COG gets $380K to promote green spaces!
508BehrDC's Jobless Rate Hits 8-yr Low of 7.2%--Md suburbs down frm 4.8% to 3.7%, Va down frm 2.9% to 2.8%
508BerryNat'l Apr. Jobless Rate Up A Bit to 4.3%--avg earnings +3.2% in yr to $13.11: jobs up 234K to 127.9M
513LiptonCase of Competing Desires--neighbors fight over Columbia Hts redevelopment--upgrade v status quo
514GrahamSenate Armed Services Committee Votes for 3rd Year Against New Round of Military Base Closings
515EditorRiver No Longer Forgotten--DC regional pact with MD to clean-up, restore Anacostia by 2010 good move
520EditorRevitalize Columbia Heights--sparkling new neighborhood can follow RLA pick of Metro Sta developer
521Coates(CitPap)Separating Church and Eight--some claim church monopoly on commercial property hurts Ward 8
524PyattWake-Up Call for Fairfax from Rte 1 Corridor--company wants county to revitalize corridor, or it will move
524EggenWealthy Retirees Moving Up--MD,VA builders cater to affluent seniors--7000 $300K+ upscale units in work
526StoughtonWilliams Shops DC to Retailers--at Internat'l Council of Shopping Centers in Las Vegas; too early some say
529Staff7 mos Fairfax Cnty real estate trends--sales up 15% to 12.2K, median cost even at $192.5K, Jan-Aug 97-98
530ShearFairfax Competes with Silicon Valley--tries to lure wkrs: med income:$70K v $84.6; home cost $228K v $400K
531Behr/EvansRevived DC Joins Region's Economic Boom--jobs, home sales, new office space all up w/new confidence
531PyattHere's Rooting for Leveled Playing Field in PG--urges razing of USAirways arena for shopping mall
JUNE, 1999DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
603WheelerDC Urged to Market Neighborhoods--DC Heritage Coaliton's 'Capital Assets' rpt lists many rare attractions
605HagerUnemployment Rate Falls, job growth slows--gives mixed signals--DC's 6.3% is 2-3x above suburbs
611SmithNew 300-acre Potomac Yard (Alex) Proposal Includes 2000 Homes, Shops, 625-bed Hotel, 1.9msqft offices
611EditorBlock a Bridge, Block a Harbor--be careful not to idly invoke environmental delays to stall needed projects
612StaffMontgomery County 3-mos real estate trends--sales up 19% to 2446, med prices down 4% to $176K over '98
615HaggertyPatent Agency Opts for New Site--leaves Crystal City for Alexandria space near Metro for 7000 employees
617VogelDC Navy Yard Poised for Rebirth--66-acre site aims to recapture 'stature, magic' w/11K+ jobs, museuems
619HaggertyMining Downtown Classic--developer buys UMW bldg for $8M for 90 lux. apts--2 blocks from White House
621SegalNot a Science, but Chemistry--what makes some malls work (i.e., Ballston VA), or not (i.e., Van Ness, DC)
621DeaneDC Region Leads US in New-Home Permits--330K for '90-'97 re: LA (310K), Atlanta (303K), Chicago (276K)
621Deane(cont)DC Region New-Home permits at 47.4/1000 res. vs LA at 20.3/1000. US homeownership now at high: 66.3%
621WheelerBroken Ground, Broken Hearts--provides history of SW homes lost to 'urban renewal' in the '50s
624PyattLocation, Location...It was supposed to mean DC--now DC takes 74% of fed job cuts since '92 (49K)
625StaffNW Residents Support turning Mt. Vernon E/W neighborhoods near Convention Center to 'historic districts'
625BehrWilliams Argues New Metro Stop is Key--at NY /Florida Avenue above-ground station near 'NoMa'
626StaffArlington 2 mos real estate trends: sales even at 174, price up 9% to $232K; Alexandria down 5% to $200K
626EditorGreat Traffic Jam Ahead--region headed for Ultimate Standstill--move now or noone will move later
627Wilson$132M Silver Spring (MD) Project Gets Loan--council to exempt developer from 'living wage' bill
628PyattAnti-Harbor Arguments Don't Hold Water--Alexandria VA plan weakens resistance to MD's National Harbor
629StaffMontgomery Cnty Planning Bd OKs ($90M, 30 acre res/retail) Project Near Grosvenor Metro Station
630MeltonVA Gov. Gilmore Says More Taxes Aren't Transit Solution--need new thinking--some says he's in denial
630LiptonDC to Sell Houses Along Path of 1968 Riots--264 run-down units to go for $250 ea, 14th/UStNW, HSt.NE
630FountainAlong the Anacostia, Hope of Rebirth--conservation group works against odds to fix up river--self respect
JULY, 1999DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
705HaggertyHow Would Anthony Lanier Revitalize Georgetown as Shopping District?--use Euro money for big stores
705PyattWhy Aren't Food Stores Higher on Shopping List?--is there a "grocery gap"? get on with it E of Anacostia
706WheelerCelebration of the Century--White House gets headstart on New Year's planning--w/DC/NPS/Smithsonian
707SpinnerPr. George's Rezones 13 Waterfront Acres for 534-acre 'National Harbor' Resort--plans not yet OK'd
707Kain (NWCur)DC Focuses on Effort at NYAve, NoMa--metro sta., hi-tech firms, shops, etc. all endorsed by city, others
708HaggertyDeveloper Buying Old Hecht's Building--mixed hsng, office, arts use planned across from MCI bldg
710StaffFairfax Cnty 10-mos real estate trends '97 v '98: sales up 7% to 14,400; median price down 1% to $190K
710KingWhere Are the Fathers?--many in jail for 1st or 2nd time, many never connected to family--sorely needed
711Park LtrEdBefore National Harbor Gets Green Light--NatCapPlngComm must meet responsibilities re environment
712PyattFinally, Planning Won't Be a Dirty Word in DC--Altman to be Chief Planner--must follow DC Comp Plan
713HaggertyNew 10-story, 502K sqft Office Bldg Planned near Capitol--replacing 5-story, 70K sqft Carpenters' Union
717WheelerGeorgetown Project Starts with Moving Experience--house moved for $150M Ritz-Carton Hotel complex
722PyattDC Officials Have 16,800 Reasons to Worry about Area's Slowing Economy--DC hardcore unemployed
725StoughtonGiant's Hunger for Growth--Giant Foods' plan to replace store reflects new industry interest in DC
725staffFastest Growing Loudoun Cnty Copes with 14.5 mi Greenway Growth--road links Dulles, Leesburg
726DeaneLogan (Circle) Comes Full Circle--booming economy and developers have brought area back to life
726PyattSelling Bogus Issue at Discovery Store--too much weight put on MCI Center solving area's ec problems
728CohnBrookings Links Urban Problems, Suburban Sprawl--split between haves, have nots, across region
729BehrEffort Urged to Stem Poverty, Sprawl in Area--Rivlin says meto gov't way off--push for 'confidence-building'
AUGUST, 1999 DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
8 01Bruce KatzLots of Growth Here, Little Growth There--poverty localized (in DC) but no regional bailout needed
8 02LuhTechnology of Momentum--DC's Technology Council works to develop an identity for city v suburbs
8 07StaffPG County real estate trends, Jan-Mar '99 v '98: sales up 8% to 2602, price up 2% to $139K
8 07EditorSinking a Harbor in Red Tape--new laws requiring more NCPC/federal review should be dropped
8 08EditorOnly Way to Keep Moving--Robb, Moran, Norton wisely renew call for regional transportation authority
8 08SipressTraffic Plans Fall Short of Bottom Line--Panel says $11Billion needed to relieve NVA congestion
8 10WoodleeShopping for a Commercial Development for 3 Anacostia Tracts--Poplar Pt,, Anacostia Metro, Gateway,
8 14StaffLoundon County real estate trends Jan-Mar '98/'99: sales down 13% to 1184, prices up 7% to $217K
8 14HaggertyTall Order for Rosslyn--big plans, new tenants for 31-story twin towers across Potomac from Lincoln Mem.
8 16HaggertyLofty Vision for New York Ave--can dilapidated gateway become high-tech hotbed? (maybe--w/metro)
8 18StaffFed Program Aims to Spur Renewal--get fed contracts to small business in'HUB' Zones Ward 8,parts 4,6, 7
8 19ShenSymbol of (Prince Georges) City Growth--Silver Spring unveils new logo to go with downtown rebirth
8 21DeaneDC Home Sales Pace Rises in East in 6 mos 99: NE up 30%, SE up 28%, SW up 23%, NW up 10%
8 21Eggen/ShearVa Group Proposes Sales Tax Increase--'The Region' (15K businesses) wants money for growth
8 21StaffMontgomery Cnty 5-mos real estate trends: unit sales +13% to 4492, med price -2% to $180K in Jan-May'99
8 22Estepp ltrThis Project Deserves Green Light -- National Harbor has passed tests as did 'Port America' before it
8 23PyattTakes More than Smoke to Make (NYAve) Hotbed--need comprehensive plan to avoid haphazzard growth
8 24MorleyParkway Congestion Expected to Worsen as Anne Arundel builds sister mall to Potomac Mills
8 26BredemeierFairfax, Counting--nation's richest county enjoys spending--19% have $150K+income; 12% worth over $500K
8 27Cohn1990 Census Missed Children Most Often--1.6% total undercount, but 3.8% below 18--DC missed 9103
8 28RamakrishnanInterest Rate Hikes to Cool Area Growth to 'a more sustainable pace'--metro area added 70K jobs in 12 mos
8 28Staff5 mos Anne Arundal real estate trends: unit sales up 24% to 2748, price even at $140K '99 over '98
8 28KingPromises to Folks East of the Capitol--45% of city pop'n lives without shopping and entertainment nearby
829CottmanMayor Sees Detroit as 'Inspirational' Role Model--both cities were majority black, led by civil rightists...
829Cottman(cont)...with incompetent, crony-filled city gov'ts, seek to wipe out blight, attract business, (Detroit budget $2.9B)
SEPTEMBER, 1999DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
901EditorVa Gov. Gilmore's Roadmap good news--transportation debate can now proceed with serious $ options
901GrimsleyRed,White, Blue Time Clock--US workers put in 2000 hrs/yr v. 1889 in Japan, 1560 Germany, 1656 France
901SipressVA Gov Gilmore proposes widening I66, extending metrorail to Tysons Corner, Dulles, and Centerville,
902PhillipsAmtrak's High-Speed DC-Boston Trains Delayed--prototype tests behind--blow to Amtrak future?
904BerryRpt on Jobs, Earnings Calms Fears on Rates--July US jobless at 4.2%, Metro Area=2.7%, DC down to 6.6%
904BredmeierFairfax Becomes Venture-Capital Ideal--89% '98 growth v.New England=49%, Silicon Valley=29%, Tx=16%
904Lenhart554-acre Dulles Town Center to Be Destination--w/1100 homes, mall, offices--satellite city like Tysons
906LuhTechnology Courses Get Their Fill--area students enrolled in computer science in '98 up 42% from '96
906EditorFilling Tech Jobs in VA-- 30,000 unfilled tech jobs may need near-term incentives til market forces adjust
907O'HanlonAlexandria about to OK 400-acre Potomac Yard Proj.--1.9Msqft office, 735Ksqft retail, 2200 res, 625-rm hotel
908Editor'Living Wage', Again--now about to stalk PG County--should stick to other devices as in Montgomery Cnty
909GoldsteinLife Improves for DC Kids--17% fewer kids, births down 30%, violent deaths down 21%; AIDS cases up 70%
910MontgomeryReady for Columbia Hts. Renewal--RLA OKs lesser plan, 4 parcels withheld, hopes for 1300 jobs soon
911EditorThe Hechinger Presence--'Harry Homeowner' firm pushed equal oppt'y. community dev: will be missed
911MathewsAlexandria Schools Want More than 3 acres in Potomac Yard Plan--min = 4 acres + 1 per 100 students
912Cohn/FarhiA Measure of Refinement--DC entertainment choices vary from norm--tend to higher culture, more books
912SmartWorking Their Way Up--economy lifts those on bottom rung--9% increase for those w/o high school degree
913MontgomeryProtest Gives Mayor Taste of Disfavor--40 activist/protesters jeer mayor for RLA plan for Columbia Hts.
915Cohn/PanAsian Pop'n Swells in Region--up 50% in 7 yrs, matches hispanics, 3% in DC, 12% in Fairfax, Montgomery
916HaggertyDisconnecting From DC?--MCI WorldCom eases it way out of city despite big DC incentives to stay
917LaytonMetro's Green Light--Columbia Hts station to open 9/18, ready or not--delays blamed on labor shortages
917StraussJudge Bars Metro Baptists Parking 300 cars on Shaw School Field for 10 days--Rev. Hicks blasts acitivists
918WilsonMarriott Opts to Renovate Bethesda Site, Rejects Move--will spend $85M--gets $31M from MD over 19 yrs
918StaffHoward County Jan/May '99 real estate trends--units up 32% to 1978, med price up 3% to $180K over '98
918Layton2 New Metro Stations (77 and 78) Key to Revitalization--cost $643M with many technical challenges
919StaffDC Real estate trends Jan/Feb'99 v '98: units up 10% to 520, med unit price down 9% to $133K
919LaytonMetro Goes to New Heights--neighborhoods cheer Green Line openings--still angry over yrs of disruptions
919MontgomeryIncoming Trains Carry Hope--communities see green in new metro stations--area burned in riots 31 yrs ago
920LiptonAngry Reaction Not Part of Plan--DC RLA panel explains Columbia Hts choice: move quickly, favor locals
924LeDucMaryland Scraps Plan to Raise Gas Tax beyond 32.5 cents--governor says state doesn't need cash
925Editor'Rising Tide' public-private initiative to lure firms into DC deserves consideration by Congress, President
OCTOBER, 1999DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
1002HagerReports Show US Economy Booming--spending up, manufacturers gain--GDP growth in 3rdQ to be up
1002StaffLoudon County Jan-March'99 real estate trends: sales level at 2261, median price up 6% to $215K re '98
1005CohnFreddie Mac Credit Study Attacked: data showing blacks worse risks than same income whites too simple
1006BehrSatellite Radio Firm Picks DC Office Site--on NY Avenue North of Union Sta--DC gov't helped persuade
1008VogelArlington Nat'l Cemetery Gains Land to Expand--37 acres from Navy Annex--8 from Ft. Meyer = 30K graves
1008FleishmanApartment Market in DC Area Tightest in Years--Vacancy Rates down in MD, VA, lowest in DC (0.3%)
1009StaffPG County Jan-May real estate trends: units sold up 13% to 4425, median price up 2% to $139K '99v'98
1012Brinkley (NYT)Information Superhighway Roars Just Outside the Beltway--but doesn't change landscape inside DC
1013FehrPrivate Plan Floated for SE Fed Cntr--Norton bill would let GSA use private developer for 55-acre site
1017HenryDC Region Leads Nation in Net Access--60% of adults on net: Seattle 53%; LA 49%; Boston 46%; NY 44%
1018RaspberryPhase 2 of Equality--civil rights phase successfully over--need new phase to achieve 'colorblindness'
1018Pyatt Fed Landlord Won't Stay Home--fed agencies prefer Antarctica to renting in DC: GSA must keep pushing
1019SipressBd of Trade Seeks New Roads--(further out) instead of putting $6 billion into widening Beltway
1019StaffUniversity of California Breaks Grnd for $20M, 11-story building for visiting students near Scott Circle
1020HaggertyTexas Developer to Build 405 Downtown Apts w/250-seat theater--NAS office bldg going up nearby
1020LiptonAfter the Blight--Mayor, EPA push incentives to redevelop 10 big 'brownfield' sites--(over 300 acres tot)
1021WilsonDC/Baltimore 17-day Olympics Bid Moves Ahead--have half of $12M needed for first phase competition
1021Fehr/HsuLorton Cleanup Funding Attacked--Norton says VA's Davis/Moran plan to 'steal' $6.7M from DC road fund
1023HaggertyDC Developer Seeks Deal on DC-owned Site at PA Ave/6th St, NW for 90 luxury condos, small hotel
1023HsuNational Harbor Resort in MD Gets Congressional Help--rider exempts 1M sqft site from NCPC review
1023Staff6-mos Montgomery Cnty real estate trends: unit sales up 12% to 5889; med price down a bit at $184K
1025FraverMetro Was Engine of Change in DC Area--area transit authority began in '67 by MD/VA govs, DC Comms
1025PyattHighway Alternatives Travel Old Ground--Bd of Trade alternative to wider Beltway old hat--won't fly
1026DeaneRyland Group Homebuilders Moving Home Base from MD to CA--(more business there)100 jobs to go
1027Perez-RivasMD Officials Consider Cutting Inheritance Tax (direct relatives, 1%, all other heirs, 10%) --keep estate tax
1029WilsonMontgomery Cnty Council Abandons Growth Plans--renegs on transpo tax, policy to spur comm building
1030Staff6-mos Anne Arundel real estate trends--unit sales up 21%, median price near-even at $143.5K
1030FleishmanCrunch Time on Campus--DC college students can't find housing--enrollment up, fewer rooms off campus
1031SipressNo Long-term Fixes for VA Traffic Woes--stopgap plans of $2.3B, 4-yr or $3.5B, 7-yr. called not enough
1031FehrDC Pays Price of Popularity--disputes over resident building boom--premium prices highest near Metro
NOVEMBER, 1999DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
1104PyattTime to Look Again at Chamber of Commerce host role in DC's independent Business Marketing Center
1106Staff3-mos Fairfax real estate trends: units down 32% to 2169 (??), median unit price up 4% to $187.5K
1106BerryNational Jobless Rate Down to 4.1% in October--lowest in 30 yrs, job growth steady , no wage pressures
1108FehrBuilding DC Block by Block--new DC planner emphasizes neighborhoods to give city advantage
1108GarreauPostcards from Edge City--story of huge growth (115K jobs) of Tyson's Corner since '61 Beltway opening
1108HaggertyLandowners Plan Sea Change at Navy Yard--282K sqft, 8-story bldg at 300 M St SE fully leased
1113LewisPotomac Yard's Unlikely Promise--Place to Live: sensible design engages community--2200 dwellings
1119SpinnerPG County Exec Curry Lauds National Harbor Project as County's Engine for economic growth
1120SpinnerPG County Nat'l Harbor Project Wins Exemption--MD lobby gets resort bypass of lengthy fed'l scrutiny
1120DeaneCondos on the Rise--with popularity up, condos make solid comeback: 10 mos DC sales up 15% to 2253
1120Stafflst 6-mos '99 Arlington real estate sales: units up 15% to 1895, med price up 4 % to $220K
1120Stafflst 6-mos '99 Alexandria real estate sales: units up 40% to 1465, med price up 7 % to $209K
1121LengelNew Hospitals to Replace St. Elizabeths--80 bldgs shrink to 8, 320 beds tot; use of 326-acres 'unclear'
1121LtrstoEdsRebirth of Columbia Hts: Difficult Labor--some say community ignored, others say DC made good choice
1122BehrTraffic? You Haven't Seen Traffic--DC region's congestion might not be 2nd, but surely in top ten
1122StaffRegional Jobs Up 58,600 in last year--55% in finance, insurance, real estate, services, local gov'ts 11%
1122GreeneMoving In/Moving Up, Black Middle ClassTransforms PG County--into one of richest black US suburbs
1123SipressCurse of DC's Beltway: 4 of 20 Worst US Jams--only 2 other cities have more than 1: Atlanta, Houston
1124Harris (Gaz)Mont'y Cnty Plng Bd OK's $90M, 30-acre Grosvenor Village at metro stop--860-units w/18-story highrise
1125EditorColumbia Hts Gridlock--mayor/ Wd 1's Graham must find compromise among divisive activist factions
1125BerryUS Economy Roars Ahead; Inflation Low--3rd qtr growth revised up frm 4.8% to 5.5% annuak rate
1127KassDC Extends $5000 Tax Credit for 1st-time Home-buyers with AGIs below $90K single, $130K joint
1127Stafflst 5-mos '99 DC real estate sales: units up 4% to 2723, med price up 6% to $167K
1128ShieldsClearing Potomac Channel to Alexandria--plan would open city's harbor to bigger vessels, cruise ships
1129SchaferVenture Capital Financing Scales New Hts in Region: 3rd qtr'99: VA: $269M; DC: $181M; MD:$179M
1130MeltonVA Commission Supports Local Tax for Roads--backs regional authority for fees, levies, tolls, whatever
DECEMBER, 1999DEMOGRAPHIC/ECONOMIC TRENDS
1201MeltonVA Gov Gilmore Reinforces Tax Opposition--blasts transportation tolls suggested by his commission
1201StoughtonHechinger Auctions Its Stores--DC institution gets $17.5M for Tenleytown: upscale uses more likely
1202MontgomeryATF Nears Land Deal with DC--officials hope 5-acre, 1000-worker hq revives NE, brings new metro stop
1203FehrRise of Satellite Cities Puts Mayor on Edge--dislikes book condoning "edge cities' outside 'rotting donut'
1203EditorNew Push for Virgina Roads--10K businesses willing to push for higher state spending for transportation
1204ShearBusiness Leaders Fault NVA Plan to Ease Gridlock--say unbalanced, too dependent on mass transit
1204ShearNew Offices Proposed for Fairfax Cnty--$27.8M, 135K sqft facility to serve 'South County' w/30-yr lease
1204BerryUS Jobless Rate Steady at 4.1%--DC steady at 5.9%, down from 8.6% in 1/1/93--but 57.5K fewer jobs
1205SpinnerRiverside Feuding Stalls National Harbor Plan--MD backers say racism impels VA critics across Potomac
1205MeltonVA Transit Commission Report Fortified--final document has stronger pitch for tax, tolls, urges action
1207EggenFairfax Officials Attack County Plan for Consolidated Offices along Rte 1--a 'mini-taj Mahal' in the making?
1207GainesThe Cast and Their Lot--Cardozo-Shaw land dispute pits white 'gentrifiers' against black Church residents
1207FearsIn Tough DC Real Estate Market, Landlords Rule--renters' mettle tested by hunt for choice apartment
1208WilsonMontgomery Cnty Exec Duncan Backs Road, Mass Transit Funding--add $365M in 6-yrs, w/o new taxes
1208O'HanlonFairfax Tax Exemption for Nat'lWildlife Fed HQ Criticized as Too Costly--$300K lost revenue needed
1209DeFordPutting the Luster Back--Silver Spring Master Plan aims for downtown 'sparkle', vast new urban renewal
1209Twomey10-Yr Plan OK'd for Cleaning Chesapeake Bay--Exec Council includes DC, MD, PA, VA, and EPA
1210ShearFairfax City's Redevelopment Kicked Off with Wrecking Ball--overall renovation could reach $170M
1210EditorColumbia Heights and Lows--Council emergency bill overules RLA:--mayor, council to have final say
1211StaffAnne Arundel 7-mos real estate trends: units up 13% to 4702; median price even at $138K IN '99
1215LeDucBig Surplus, Big Plans for MD--$925M surplus eyed in '00; increase capital spending, drop inheritance tax
1215BehrFrom Start-Up to DC Chamber of Commerce Chief--new boss of 26 plans to stress small business growth
1215EggenTransit Wish List for NVA Grows--$4.1B, 20yrs: 2 Potomac bridges, Metro into Pr. William, outer beltway
1217SipressNVA TransCoordCncl Approves $30B, 20yr Transit Program: new bridges, Metro, light rail included
1217MeltonVA Governor Seeks $10M in Tax Incentives for Businesses to Get Workers Off Roads--telecommute
1218HarneyDC Leads US in Rise in Home Resale Values--up 5.9% in third quarter, up 13.1% for past 12 mos
1218StaffCharles County 7-mos real estate trends: sales up 21% to 1168, median price down 2% to $130K
1219SipressMD Study Asks Big Rise in 20-yr Transpt'n $---roads: $15.4B, mass transit: $7.6B, air/sea ports: $5B
1220LenhartNew Suburb Transforms Part of Old Frontier--Loudon Cnty's 3000-acre Cascades draws 15K to 5K homes
1220Spinner$1 Billion Project Founders at PG's 123-acre Greenbelt Metro Site over environment, road access, etc.
1221WilsonOrganizer Sues re 2012 Olympic Bid--ousted DC promoter threatens chances for new DC/Baltimore group
1221BredemaeierTech Firms Ask VA for Tax Cut--Intel, MCI, ATT, WldCom, PSINet, UUNet, Equinix want deal like AOL
1223StaffBase Living Cost for 1-Parent/1-Kid: Arlington, $16.52/hr; DC, $16.06; Monty, $15.73; Ffax, $15.63; PG $12.96
1225WheelerGrand Holiday Tour--rebuilt Victorian homes of upscale Logan Circle draw seasonal sightseers
1225StaffPG County 6-mos real estate trends: unit sales up 17% to 6029, median price up 2% to $139.1K
1227BehrFirst in War, Peace, and HiTech: Area Survey shows 12,200 tech firms--8800 have 1-9 workers
1229CohnDC Losing Fewer People--maybe down only 2400 to 519K in '99--stats all better: jobs, crime, sales, etc.
1229WilsonMD Property Values Rising: statewide up 5.7% in 3 yrs, Montgomery 6.4%, PG, 1.9%; Ann Arundel, 8.6%!

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