Georgetown tries to bring sexy back

December 13, 2013

Lackluster transportation has meant Georgetown has lost its shopping and nightlife preeminence. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Georgetown: So hot right now, right? Not really. Once the city’s premiere shopping and nightlife destination, Georgetown is now competing with and falling behind Chinatown, H Street NW, 14th Street NW and other emerging areas in competing for dollars — thanks in no small part to the trouble that area residents and tourists can have getting there. A task force led by the Georgetown Business Improvement District has now officially endorsed a list of potential solutions, Jonathan O’Connell reports in Capital Business, starting with a Metro station but also including a streetcar line and an aerial gondola connecting Georgetown and Rosslyn.

In other news:

RIP Mac McGarry, quizmaster supreme and Washington broadcasting legend (PostWRC-TV)

Ex-Senate chief of staff kept hard drive full of child porn at Capitol Hill home, authorities allege (Post)

DCPS acquires 85,000 new books, 4,000 musical instruments, 2,000 desktop computers and more than 1,300 laptops and tablets (Post)

Many sexual assault victims testify in support of council bill that would address police lapses (WAMU-FMWRC-TVDCist)

Brookings expert to D.C. region: You need more than the federal government (Capital Business)

At-large council race fundraising is thus far anemic (Loose Lips)

City is purging rolls of inactive pre-1963 nonprofits (WBJ)

A thorough rundown of a recent David Catania education chat (GGW)

Ohio Republican offers new house bill gutting D.C. gun laws (WashingtonianDCist)

Vince Gray and Phil Mendelson say they’ll sit down and talk Height Act (Roll Call)

The ACLU is not pleased with D.C.’s mass collection of license plate numbers (ACLU)

Pioneering tech incubator is closing up shop (WBJ)

Four cabdrivers fined for not accepting credit cards (Dr. GridlockDCist)

Tommy Wells on large retailers: “If they can’t afford to pay the higher minimum wage — then good riddance” (Voice)

Jim Graham sketches out his war on pop-ups (Housing Complex)

D.C. Brau, brewer of The Citizen ale, isn’t pleased with the Citizens Brewing Co. (D.C. Beer)

Here’s how the first streetcar will be placed on H Street (WashingtonianWRC-TV)

New plans emerge for Eastern Market Metro plaza (Capitol Hill Corner)

COG will offer the Ronald F. Kirby Award for Collaborative Leadership (Dr. Gridlock)

Cop accused of prostitution appears this morning in Superior Court (AP)

Carlos Allen, aka “Mayor Allen,” is back (Loose Lips)

Ranking Metro’s escalators by reliability (City Desk)

In which 14th and P streets NW is deemed the ultimate D.C. urbanist address (BeyondDC)

Know your home’s solar potential (DCist)

The Blue Castle on M Street SE is on the block (WBJ)

New Petworth supermarket shall be known as the “Swift Safeway” (Curbed)

The Li’l Pub is going for good this time (PoPville)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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