Tuesday, March 04, 2008

EXPRESS: Will D.C.'s Anacostia Move Follow in Reeves Center's Footsteps?

MARION BARRY is sometimes credited with sparking the revitalization of the area around 14th and U streets NW. It was there during his tenure as mayor when the District government moved many of its agency offices to the Reeves Center, which officials hoped would anchor the area's revitalization. And while the Reeves Center brought jobs to the U Street corridor, some say it's debatable whether the municipal complex sparked the neighborhood's renaissance, which didn't kick into high gear until more than a decade after it opened in 1986. [More ...]

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At 9:48 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

well. You know my opinion... I do think it promotes intra-city sprawl and dissipates agglomeration benefits. Plus the amount of retail supported by office workers is very narrow and you thousands upon thousands of workers to have much impact. the rule is one office worker supports 2 s.f. of retail and 5 s.f. of restaurant. So today's announcement about DHCD means that 260 s.f. of new retail can be supported in Anacostia. That's definitely worthy of big play in today's newspapers...

have a nice trip.

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