D.C. News in Brief

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Building Museum Seeks 'Great Green Place' Videos

The National Building Museum is seeking architects, planners, landscape architects, students and residents to document green places in the District through Web videos. The museum has chronicled four areas in a Web film series as "Great Green Places" (Dupont Circle, the U Street Corridor, Columbia Heights and Barracks Row) and is asking residents to help continue the series.

The four films describe concepts of mixed-use development, site planning and landscape design, pedestrian-friendly streetscape, a historic sense of place and multi-modal transportation.

The films should run six minutes or less and investigate what serves as a neighborhood's "Great Green Place."

To upload a video, go to

Site Is One-Stop Source For Information on District

A new Web site,, showcases the D.C. government's online information services, with links and descriptions of the applications. The site also has a forum on which developers can submit applications for peer review and residents can submit their ideas for new applications.

Some of the featured applications include D.C. Historic Tours, a self-help tool for tourists creating maps and walking tours; D.C. Crime Finder, which identifies instances of various crimes in a three-mile radius of a caller's phone; and Fixmycitydc, which allows users to submit service requests on an interactive map.

The site includes the winning applications from last year's Apps for Democracy contest sponsored by the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

Public Works Consolidates Hazardous Waste Services

Household hazardous waste and personal document shredding services will be consolidated at the Fort Totten Trash Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Rd. NE, beginning Oct. 3.

The Department of Public Works offers the services at the Fort Totten and the Benning Road trash transfer stations but will discontinue the Benning Road services after Saturday.

"DPW faces the challenge of helping this government close a projected $666 million budget gap over the next two years," said William O. Howland Jr., agency director. "Consolidating our Saturday drop-off services at one location allows us to sustain our budget cuts while maintaining the quality of other essential services we offer the public."

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