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A Reader Comments on Our Oct. 2019 Comp Plan Lead Story

Willam Schultz’ article reporting on the controversial proposed Comp Plan updates highlights a major issue that will permeate public discussion in coming weeks of the 1,200 pages of proposed amendments of the Comprehensive Plan released by the Mayor on October 15.  That issue is the balance between market-rate and affordable housing development, and the extent […]

Development That’s Right for DC Will Suffer if Council Adopts the Mayor’s Comp Plan Change

Stephen Hansen & Meg Maguire Stephen Hansen and Meg Maguire are chair and vice-chair, respectively, of The Committee of 100 on the Federal City. DC needs more developers to accomplish our city’s long-standing goals of an economically and racially inclusive city. Renovating worn out buildings and constructing new housing for families requires developers who are […]

Dupont Circle Holiday Windows Competition Winners

To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Bill McLeod* Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets (HDCMS) organized its fifth annual holiday windows competition to celebrate the holidays and foster a shopping and dining environment in Dupont Circle. This are Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse for best restaurant decorations, with honorable mention to […]

Statement on Status of DC Records from the National Archives

The National Archives, our nation’s record keeper, holds millions of DC Government <https://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/351.html> and DC-related including tens of thousands of photographs, reels of film, maps, artifacts, and more.  These holdings include records on immigration into Alexandria and Georgetown, slavery in DC, congressional and district court records, military service during the Civil War, and census records. […]

National Archives and District of Columbia Records

By Matthew Gilmore* There’s an immediate threat to access to important District of Columbia records at the National Archives. Plans are a-foot to transfer much of Record Group 21, “Records of the District Courts of the United States,” to Kansas City, Missouri. Why is this important? So much of Washington’s local history is bound up […]

Returning Citizens and the District’s 50/50 Dilemma

By Kimberly A. Nelson & Kevin Smith* The DC Council voted on May 30, 2017 to approve the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Act of 2017. They played politics as usual, resulting in many losers in this budget. One clear loser was the returning citizens community, their families, friends and supporters who worked tirelessly over […]

A Reader Takes Exception to How we Addressed our Concern About Treatment of Undocumented Persons

“as abhorrent as it will be for us all” Please speak for yourself. I for one do not support the mayor’s stated intent to assist lawbreakers in continuing to break the law. There’s a reason we have immigration policies – including to ensure our American labor force doesn’t face unfair competition by people so desperate […]

A Reader Comments on Our December 2016 Editorial Praising DC Appeals Court McMillan Park Ruling

As always, I commend you and your fine newspaper for the intrepid and curageous opposition to the largest land grab since Manhattan Island. There are, however a few points, we believe, worthy of noting. (1) The three issues addressed by the Superior Court were not simply “remanded” as stated; remand means make correction and rephrase, […]

Our Report on Dupont West’s P Street Strip Lauded

I love your P Street article! Very balanced, positive, and well researched.  I am going to share it with our Board of Directors. [Ed. note: See, “Is P Street Stagnating or in Transition? Recent Trends & Investments Indicate Positive Outlook; Streetscape and Building Upgrades Good Indicators,” January 2016 issue pdf, page 1.] Bill McLeod, Executive […]

The Pepco-Exelon Pay to Play Deal is the Real Deal

YES! There is pay to play all the way down the line here. And worse. Seems like bribery. And worse. The Mayor hires the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the head of the Office of Peoples’ Counsel (OPC). How can this NOT be a conflict of interest? They want their jobs just like the people […]