Barry says his home ward, which is almost entirely African American and has extremely high poverty and unemployment rates, has long been the city’s “dumping ground.” Making it more diverse will likely involve expanding across the Anacostia into the whiter, richer Southwest, Barry said.“We can’t go south,” Barry joked.There’s some speculation in the Wilson Building that Barry wouldn’t mind expanding his political influence over the Southwest Waterfront development, a $2 billion development that’s well underway to transform the area into a glitzy urbanist dream that people actually visit. That would let Barry take credit for the project, even though the groundwork was already laid. And it would also let him hit up developers for campaign contributions as the Council member who represents the ward. (Adding some white voters to Ward 8, though, could give Barry new political problems to deal with.)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
On Saturday, thousands of people helped Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater celebrate its return to Southwest after a two-plus year renovation and expansion of its campus. The celebration lasted all day from 11:30am to 6pm and a block of 6th Street was closed for the event. Below are some picures taken of the festivities throughout the day.
|Long lines formed before 10am, when Arena offered a limited amount of tickets to some of the indoor performances.|
|Ward 6 DC Council member Tommy Wells, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, and former Ward 6 Council member Sharon Ambrose chat before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.|
Mayor Fenty arrives at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
|Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells and Jaylee Mead, whose husband made a $35 million gift to Arena Stage.|
|Artistic Director Molly Smith makes some remarks while the crowd listens, including the chair of Arena's board of directors, Mayor Fenty, and Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans.|
Managing Director Edgar Dobie assists Jaylee Mead as she officially cut the ribbon at Arena Stage.
|Mayor Fenty stands with architect Bing Thom.|
Crowds pour into Arena Stage once the ribbon-cutting ceremony ended.
Blue Sky Puppet Theater kept children busy on the terrace.
There was a steady line at the cafe, called Next Stage with Jose Andres.
|One of the entrees on the current menu - wild turkey meatballs with Oklahoma succotash, cornbread and whipped pototoes.|
Costumes used in other performances were on display.
|A large cake in the shape of the Arena Stage building was on display - made by Charm City Cakes.|
|An outdoor stage was set up for more performances, most of which was used by high school choirs.|
|Town Center West Park was spruced up for the large crowds expected at Arena Stage.|
|The celebration ended around 6pm, just in time to catch the sunset over the Southwest Waterfront.|
Friday, October 22, 2010
Phase 1 will last for approximately two years and once it’s complete, the new Wharf Street (if you don’t know what Wharf Street is, take a look at my Southwest Waterfront Redevelopment page) will be open between 7th & 9th Streets, as well as service roads that connect to Maine Avenue. The City Pier will also be complete. Phase 2 will bring the permanent closure of Water Street from 9th Street to the Fish Market. Construction on this phase is estimated to be from 2014-2016. See below for details on Phase 2.
By 2018 or so, the finished development will offer new road connections to the waterfront and emergency egress for police & fire. Besides the new traffic light at the base of the 10th Street Overlook, other new traffic lights will be located at a new traffic circle in front of Arena Stage and the northwest corner of the theater. See below for the final traffic plan.
Also added to the project website are answers to questions that community members wrote down at the community forum on September 29th. (Renderings courtesy of Hoffman-Madison Marquette Waterfront)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
A new condominium building with a modern design featuring angular glass walls. The site offers 345 feet of uninterrupted views of the Anacostia River and is located about 5 blocks southwest of Nationals Park. Developed by Buzzard Point LLC the project will contain 4,800 square feet of retail space. (Above is a view of the Buzzard Point Marina.)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
(Right) A winding pathway leads to the interior of the Kogod Cradle theater. Molly Smith, Arena's Artistic Director, said that "The Kogod Cradle was the gleam in my eye" when she imagined how Arena would be expanded. The smaller theater is designed to foster experimental theater.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The line was out the door during lunch.