In today's Metro Section, The Washington Post features prominently development in our neighborhood:
First is an article about the Convention Center not living up to its goals.
Second is an article about slow development on 9th Street.
Third is an article about the failings in progressing the construction of the new Convention Center Hotel.
Fourth is a video interviewing business owners on 9th Street about the impact of convention center traffic on business.
All in all, the coverage seems pretty good. The downers to me are the revealing discussions about why we aren't seeing any progress on the Convention Center Hotel front (seems like the District is really failing us and could blow the deal) and on Shiloh's expressed resolve in holding onto buildings it cannot afford to maintain*. I still firmly believe that development hasn't skipped and isn't going to skip over our little slice of the city, and I think the continued optimism expressed by people throughout the articles supports my belief that the time for widespread renewal is approaching.
*Shiloh's Pastor Smith reiterates a plan to build senior housing in its boarded up properties on the west side of the 1500 block of 9th Street. Given the state of Shiloh's occupied structures (like its threadbare life center) and the state of its numerous vacant structures (which are rotting and exposed to the elements), I already feel sorry for those unfortunate seniors who sign up to have Shiloh as their landlord.