SYMHM: Shaw Condos, Strip Malls Die, Hunger Strikes for DC

by January 20, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,671 1 Comment

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From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected].

Progression Place Up for Sale

The new mixed-use development still under construction in Shaw is up for sale, as the developers would like to free up some capital for other developments. UrbanTurf reports the construction could be complete by October of this year. The starting price tag to become a real estate mogul and own the complex is estimated to be $130 million.

Strip Malls Transforming to Urban

That may be a stretch, but this piece by Greater Greater Washington indicates that big box retailers are eyeing urban areas as their next playground. With their big, enclosed mall models struggling in the wake of economic change and the desire for ‘town centers’ that are more walkable, urban areas near Metro stations are being touted as the future of retail. Tyson’s isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but the Silver Spring model — retail, dining, bars and entertainment near a Metro stop — has taken off in Clarendon, Bethesda and the further out ‘burbs of Virginia, where people still love their cars.

Are we the beneficiaries of this evolution, or will the influx of Target, Wal-Mart and their ilk make vibrant city areas into beige spaces prone to playing Michael Bolton’s greatest hits on a tinny PA system? (Note: before you get all up in arms and protest me, I am aware and also agree this is a serious issue affecting our local small business owners and neighborhoods. But it’s Friday, and when else do I get to make jokes about otherwise depressing crap?)

Hunger Strikes for DC Voting Rights

Have you heard about the Occupy DC’ers that decided to fast in the name of DC self-government? Probably. If you assumed they finally ate, you’d be correct. But not after going a lot farther than anyone had planned, reports the Washington City Paper. It’s worth a read, even if you hate the Occupiers. Expect to feel sort of sorry for them — I can’t help it — for the bungling of the timing… seems striking until there is Congressional action is a poor idea when Congress is in recess.

I admire their moxie (this word should be used more often), as well as the commitment to an issue most people talk about and do jack about in reality.  I really do, but as the City Paper wondered politely, “it still wasn’t clear how much D.C. would benefit from having as its champion an emaciated artist best known for having once publicly circumcised himself as part of a performance.” What they said.


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