FoBo in the News

Via TBD

This week in FoBo: an escalator comes alive and starts eating people, local businesses have a problem with competition on wheels, there’s a cool book out about FoBo, and the ANC is opposed to…. everything.

An escalator at the metro station collapsed failed gained sentience and started eating people swallowed people had a few stairs cave in and a woman fell about three feet. No one was injured.  I wonder how many people will decide to elevate instead from now on.

Local restaurant owners have voiced complaint that our much beloved food trucks hurt their businesses.  Can’t a guy love his froyo and his turkey cool ranch sandwich equally?

Our ANC has issued a resolution in opposition to lifting student caps at GW.  The ANC is obviously worried about quality of life impact on the neighborhood, but also say they doubt that more students at GW would produce more job opportunities at the University.  It seems obvious to us that more students at GW would necessarily mean more jobs (and more students with relatively high levels of dispensable income patronizing local businesses), but the Georgetown Dish has a more thorough discussion of the concerns elsewhere — just watch out for one-sided economics.

This book about FoBo’s history (with pics!) looks totally freaking awesome. And it’s pretty cheap!

The ANC also is opposition to GW’s new Science and Engineering Complex plans.  Of particular note: their concern that GW won’t provide enough parking spaces.  I wish our  neighborhood’s quality of life wasn’t thought to be improved upon by inviting more and more cars into Foggy Bottom.  Also of note: the below excerpt.   Have a good chuckle.

Commissioner Asher Corson, a GW alumnus, said the SEC plan lacks tangible features that would also serve the neighborhood, and that GW failed to negotiate with the ANC.

“The amenities GW put forward are deficient, seriously deficient,” Corson said, adding that he does not understand why GW thinks it is “so entitled that they shouldn’t have to give up anything in terms of amenities” or why the city’s Office of Planning accepted the plan.

But Michael Akin, GW’s assistant vice president of government, international and community affairs, called the ANC’s comments unfair. He said the commission removed itself from the original negotiations, and is now complaining it was not included.