14th Street goes boom


The Louis apartments just south of U Street is the single largest development to grace the revitalized 14th Street NW corridor. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

The spectacular pace of restaurant and apartment openings along 14th Street NW north of Thomas Circle certainly looks to the naked eye like “gentrification in overdrive.” But the recent uptick in activity is the culmination of more than a decade of planning and investment, the Post’s Annys Shin reports. The mid-city stretch of 14th Street was the right place at the right time, soaking up real estate investment dollars that weren’t going anywhere else during the economic downturn. The result, as city planning director Harriet Tregoning puts it, has been “fascinating, anomalous and wonderful for the city.” If you haven’t taken a stroll lately, check out this interactive guide to the recent development.

In other news:

Clergy step up to urge Vince Gray to sign the living wage bill (PostHousing ComplexWTOP)

Tony Williams: “The damage this bill stands to inflict far outweighs its potential benefits” (Post op-ed)

Gray on Wal-Mart: “I’ve talked to them twice now and I’m absolutely sure they’re not [bluffing]” (WJLA-TV)

Also from Hizzoner: Hurry up and send me the bill already (WRC-TV)

Behold the Water Reed proposals (Capital BusinessCap Biz blogHousing ComplexWBJWBJ slideshowUrbanTurfWalter Reed LRA)

More than a year after shadow campaign’s disclosure, Vince Gray still hasn’t said what he knew about it (Post editorial)

Brother and sister Jamie and Jamahl Jenkins are among three dead in weekend violence (PostHomicide Watch)

Driver who crashed SUV into pedestrians near Union Station is said to have had medical emergency, has not been charged (Post)

Arrest of journalist’s son has Cathedral Heights residents wondering about connections to past vandalism (Post)

Former council aide Ayawna Webster pleads guilty to tax fraud, will face up to three years in prison (Post)

Tax charges could snag plenty more D.C. political figures, Colby King hints (Post column)

Few D.C. students are using TAG grants to attend Howard (PostPost graphic)

A week after voting against a narrow living wage bill, Tommy Wells introduces broader living wage bill (Loose LipsDCist)

Latest zoning proposal “appears to strike the right balance” on parking (Post editorial)

Why eliminate parking minimums: “to avoid building very expensive parking that then just sits there and increases the cost of doing business and makes housing less affordable” (WAMU-FM)

Hot weather claims city ambulances (WTOPWTTG-TV)

Instant lottery ticket contract expired Saturday (AP)

Gray says he’ll push Major League Baseball to bring the All-Star Game to D.C. (WNEW-FM)

Another D.C. weather milestone is set: Most consecutive 80-degree days (Capital Weather Gang)

New WTU VP wants old president out the door post haste (Washington Teacher)

Anti-SLAPP motion fails to kill climate scientist’s defamation suit (Climate Science Watch)

Fix to botched MLK Memorial inscription will be underway today (Post)

And work on the St. Elizabeths “gateway pavilion” will be underway soon (WBJ)

Starting up a health insurance exchange ain’t cheap (WBJ)

It’s Metropolitan AME’s 175th anniversary (WUSA-TV)

Inside the new “digital commons” at MLK Library (Capital Business)

How teachers unions can save taxpayers money (Post letters)

Eleanor Holmes Norton takes aim at delayed confirmations of black judicial nominees (WAMU-FM)

Terry Lynch has a Web site in case Terry Lynch decides to run for D.C. Council (Loose Lips)

Yellow Cab says it’s spending $2.4 million to comply with new taxi regs (WJLA-TV)

Will Kathy Henderson have to pay for her comments denigrating a Bladensburg Road bar? (Titan of Trinidad)

Hizzoner cuts ribbon on new Fort Stanton rec center and playground (AP)

There’s now a boathouse near the ballpark (The Hill Is Home)

And inside the ballpark, there’s fabulous local beers, including D.C. Brau and 3 Stars (GOG)

Can the Florida Avenue Grill get its soul back? (Eater)

Spalding: The official ball of D.C. high school sports (OSSE release)

Finally, a bar that speaks to the kickball lifestyle (GOG)

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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Mike DeBonis · July 19, 2013