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Capital Business Blog: October, 2011

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 10/28/2011

A creative but failed attempt at stopping Wal-Mart on Georgia Avenue

Opponents of Wal-Mart opening a Northwest D.C. store employed an inventive last-minute strategy.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  03:11 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Should the library remain in Martin Luther King library?

The District’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, completed in 1972, is expensive to maintain.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  05:21 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 10/27/2011

What to do with White Flint Mall?

Redeveloping the mall, built in 1977, is difficult since Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor own their spaces.

By Jonathan O’Connell  |  11:59 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Who will tee up the next wave of investment in D.C. neighborhoods?

The forces shaping D.C. are much bigger than the policies or personas that populate city government.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  12:40 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Human Genome Sciences reveals slow-but steady-sales of lupus drug

The company told investors that sales of its flagship drug continued to climb in the third quarter.

By Steven Overly  |  05:54 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 10/25/2011

O’Malley’s Bechtel move pulls another major tenant off the market

For office developers looking to land large anchor tenants, news has gone from bad to worse.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  11:18 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 10/24/2011

A $1 billion bet on the suburbs

Private equity giant Blackstone is buying more than a $1 billion worth of suburban office buildings.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  06:06 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Steven Pearlstein convinced of Washington’s “liveable” downtown

Columnist Steven Pearlstein has long been a skeptic that D.C.’s downtown could be revived.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  05:40 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Video: Occupy D.C. targets Wal-Mart chairman’s meeting at Union Station

More than 100 people poured into Union Station Thursday night to take part in a flash mob protest.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  11:04 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Wal-Mart opponents recruiting Occupy D.C. for flash mob protest tonight

Local unions and Wal-Mart opponents are organizing a protest against the retailer’s entry into D.C.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  04:17 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Four reasons to cool down about the future of Georgetown’s heating plant

Development of the former coal plant will likely take a long time. Here’s why.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  03:08 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Boeing deal caps Monument Realty’s comeback

Monument Realty used to be the poster child of the local real estate bubble. But it’s making a comeback.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  11:07 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Va. State Bar: attorney must add disclaimer to law firm blog

Lawyer told to add a disclaimer to his blog within 30 days to make clear that it’s advertising.

By Catherine Ho  |  01:58 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Borders gone, Lowe’s cutting, Friendly’s bankrupt — where is retail’s next big thing?

Nearly four years after the recession began, the economy continues to collect new retail victims.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  11:29 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Renters to landlords: Yes to fitness center, no to movie room

Kevin Sheehan of Greystar offers advice on developing — or redeveloping — buildings.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  11:17 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 10/18/2011

CSC chief to step down

Michael W. Laphen has informed the Falls Church technology giant that he plans to retire by Oct. 31, 2012.

By Marjorie Censer  |  07:11 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 10/14/2011

What does the iPhone release mean for stores next door to Apple?

On major release dates like today, Apple products lead to a huge bump for all nearby retailers.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  12:41 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Owners of downtown office buildings voice concerns over Occupy D.C.

Commercial real estate companies in Washington have begun voicing concerns about trash and safety.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  02:15 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 10/13/2011

Who wants to live in this 1980s-era office building?

It’s rare to see office buildings transformed into residential buildings. But given the trajectory of the market, it may be where we’re headed.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  11:52 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Wal-Mart signs its first D.C. lease, for store on Georgia Avenue

The Georgia Avenue store will be the chain’s first site in Washington.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  12:08 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 10/07/2011

WDCEP staying alive with restructured budget

Things are looking up for the D.C. nonprofit, which was facing a budget shortfall of $700,000.

By Danielle Douglas  |  05:23 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Sears drops Washington area from headquarters search

The company had been considering the Washington area as a place to relocate its corporate headquarters.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  06:37 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 10/04/2011

BRAC plays both villain and potential savior in Bailey’s Crossroads

The Skyline office complex along Leesburg Pike shows just how reliant local office building owners remain on the federal government.

By Jonathan O'Connell  |  02:11 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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