Here are some of the projects, developers and other players who could shape where we work, live and play in the new year.
CityCenterDCThe fate of the $950 million development on the site of the District’s former convention center is large enough that it could shift the market for offices, housing and retail downtown. The project’s ability to attract office tenants has cemented the notion that employers are willing to relocate for more efficient, modern office space. CityCenter has 90 percent of its 515,000 square feet committed, according to lead developer Hines. Others then followed suit, with Boston Properties landing Arnold & Porter for its planned building on Massachusetts Avenue NW and Akridge and Mitsui Fudosan America drawing Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman to its rehab project at 1200 17th St. NW. If newly built offices remain popular with law firms and other tenants in 2013, another set of projects — downtown, in Mount Vernon Square, NoMa and maybe even Capitol Riverfront — could find similar success.Jeffrey MacMillan for Capital Business
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.