Transforming the ‘dumping ground’

December 27, 2012

Bus lots no more, says McDuffie. (Jared Soares/The Washington Post)

Can Ward 5 be more than the “dumping ground” that so many of its residents call it, after decades of watching trash dumps, strip clubs, cement plants, bus lots, rail yards and other industrial uses concentrate in or near their Northeast neighborhoods? New D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie thinks so, and he wants a task force to look at ways to end the “overconcentration” of gritty uses in the ward he grew up in. But he’s fighting mighty forces of history, economics and politics, which have conspired to concentrate 70 percent of the District’s industrially zoned land there.

In other news:

National Park Service threatens to evict Jack’s Boathouse (PostGeorgetownerHousing ComplexWashingtonian)

David Gregory appears to have broken D.C. gun laws after showing a high-capacity magazine on Meet the Press (Post)

Jason Emma, 28, murdered near Lincoln Park in what appears to be a “random robbery” (Post)

Nathaniel Beasley Jr., 69, and Raymond Harris, 44, killed in Bladensburg Road shooting (Post)

Four shot Wednesday (Crime Scene)

Lottery whistleblower Eric Payne sticks to his guns as investigations ramp up (NYT)

Cathy Lanier: Disbanding specialized MPD drug unit means more cops walking beats (Post)

Under Vince Gray, D.C. has made strides in improving its court-supervised social services (Post editorial)

The “significance” of Kwame Brown’s wrongdoing “seems to have eluded the disgraced former council member” (Post editorial)

Jim Graham’s lawyer: “Sharp-elbowed political behavior is not a violation of any District ethics provision.” (Examiner)

At a Georgetown rowhouse, a search for a famous freed slave (Post)

D.C.’s first medical marijuana will be grown in Ivy City and sold on North Capitol Street (WaTimes)

Moving UDC forward without Allen Sessoms (Post editorial)

Jonetta Rose Barras: Not many politicos deserved gifts from Santa this year (Examiner)

Tom Sherwood looks back at 2012: “The top story in our city — by far — for 2012 and maybe the foreseeable future begins and ends with ethics.” (WRC-TV)

City Paper’s awards (Loose LipsHousing Complex)

Chuck Thies ranks the top 10 D.C. politics stories of the year (WRC-TV)

Sewage backups plague Greenleaf Gardens (Post column)

Most D.C. charter schools don’t have full-time nurses (Examiner)

Most DCPS school salad bars aren’t being used due to contracting dispute (Examiner)

Eastern Capitol Hill warms up to its modest commercial strip (GGW)

Why not let D.C. residents vote for suburban members of Congress? (Post letter)

David Catania brings his old chief of staff back (D.C. Wire)

Metro beefs up late-night bus service on 16th Street NW (Post)

Ethics board lawyer comes from Inspector General office (Legal Times)

Inauguration tour bus riders could be in for a long walk from RFK Stadium (Post)

Deborah Simmons notices that Republicans aren’t very popular in D.C. elections (WaTimes)

Do you know this gray-haired, cane-wielding bank robber? (Crime Scene)

To Glover Park’s chagrin, JP’s lives (WBJ)

Behold the State of New Columbia (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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