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Harry Gray House

Harry W. Gray was born into slavery in 1852 at Arlington House, an estate overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria. His house is a designated Arlington County landmark.


A little bit of history of the house

  The Harry W. Gray House, located at 1005 South Quinn Street in Arlington, Virginia was constructed  in 1881  in  the  Italianate style.  The  masonry dwelling,  constructed of  five-course American-bond brick, presents a rectangular  footprint  and freestanding  rowhouse  form typical of  urban  settings.  Standing two stories in  height, the three-bay-wide dwelling, which faces north,  sits on a solid brick foundation.  Capped by  a standing-seam metal shallow-pitched shed  roof, the  dwelling  also  features 212  wood  windows, two interior-end brick chimneys with corbeled caps,  and  a  full-width  one-story porch,  which  stretches across the faqade. A highly decorative Italianate-style entablature caps the facade.  A small wood-frame porch on the southeast comer of  the L-shaped dwelling was enclosed circa 1960. The  dwelling  is  located  in  Gray’s  Subdivision  of   the  Arlington View neighborhood, a  middle-class community with  an  historically African-American heritage.  The  Harry  W.  Gray  House  is located  on  a 0129-acre  sloping lot with a grassy yard, brick driveway,  and  landscaping.  A  wooden  fence  partially encloses  the property.  A  small,  non-historic shed is located  on the northwest  comer  of the  sit.  The property is in  excellent condition and has had little exterior alteration since its construction. via Arlington County.

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Route 123 Construction Alert

It’s good to see that Dulles metro construction is progressing. This weekend all four lanes along Route 123 closed for bridge demolition. Once the old beltway bridge is demolished, they will begin construction on the new beltway bridges and a new HOT Lanes connection to Tysons Corner at the Westpark Drive Bridge.

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Read more on Route 123, Tysons-McLean construction for Dulles Metrorail and HOT lanes, from Virginia HOT Lanes.

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Real estate is waiting for jobs

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Washington DC, No. 3 in Best Cities for Next Decade

Washington DC is on the number three spot in Kiplinger’s latest quest for the best cities for the next decade. In searching for the best cities, Kiplinger says they “focused on places that specialize in out-of-the-box thinking.” Other factors they’re looking at include innovation, economic vitality and livability.

Here’s the 10 best cities for next decade:

  1. Austin, TX
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. Washington DC
  4. Boulder, CO
  5. Salt Lake City, UT
  6. Rochester, MN
  7. Des Moines, IA
  8. Burlington, VT
  9. West Hartford, CT
  10. Topeka, KS

Read more on the 10 best cities.


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Washington DC Business of the Beltway

So, I was invited to attend the Washington Post live event sometime yesterday. The event is about economic outlook for the Washington Capital region. Because of my blogger thing, I got to sit in the same table with two of Washington’s famous journalists, Steve Pearlstein (Washington Post) and Mark Plotkin (WTOP). Though, not directly sitting next to them. But, close enough. Steve even asked me to help him pin his name card to his jacket. Hey Steve, that’s me that you asked for help. 

This was a live event, on record, and streaming live. That means, though the attendees paid to get in, online – people can watch and participate – from the convenience of their place. The new way of conferencing with online and offline participation. Didn’t check if they have Twitter # (hashtag) for BofB (short for Business of the Beltway) running at the same time.

Event was moderated by Mary Jordan, who is the editor for Washington Post Live, joined by four panelists with diverse background. Two from government sector – Austan Goolsbee who is the chief economist on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and Virginia Governor, Robert McDonnell. One journalist, that is Steve Pearlstein, Washington Post business and economics columnist. (Though he covers economics issues, did you know that Steve Pearlstein never taken economic class? Yes, that was true). And one panelist from the private sector, Hilton hotel CEO, Chris Nassetta. 

One of the attendees I talked to, Tracey White, VP Community and Government Relations share the news that HCA hospital group just received an approval from Loudoun County board of supervisors for brand new 164 beds Stonespring hospital at intersection of Gum Spring and Route 50  in Loudoun. Delivery date scheduled for 2015.

Another attendee gave the scoop about commercial real estate market how more and more companies are looking to set up shops in area that have metro access. If in the past, it’s all about car culture. Now that trend has shifted into take-the-metro-to-work culture. Green culture slowly catching up. One of her clients moved from Old Town, Alexandria to Ballston. 

Okay, now I’m going to give you my take about the event.

Chris Nassetta said something very interesting about the state of the economy, in which he said that “U.S. is lagging against the world.” The US and international market is stronger than US. However, he’s still seeing deflation in prices (read: hotel speak for low prices) in many major markets. 

Austan Goolsbee gave an honest assessment of the economy. He said “that unemployment won’t likely to come down next six months. Census will skew the numbers because of 350,000 census workers hired in May.” Here you have a situation, where unemployment numbers drop one month and then disappearing jobs the next month when census jobs are over. He says “pay attention to the private sector part.”

Gov. McDonnell said that “Virginia is opening up trade offices in India, China and the U.K.” You heard that Northrop Grumman is moving their headquarters from California to Virginia, right? He wants to have more like Grumman companies moving here. 

Steve Pearlstein said the number that you have to remember is $3 trillion (with T). That’s the amount of money injected to the US economy with great share allocated to Washington DC region. If you want to know more about the share of Federal jobs in DC, the Center for Regional Analysis [pdf] has the numbers.

There was a question for Hilton boss – about the reasons why they moved from Beverly Hills – to Tysons Corner. Nassetta said there are 4 reasons: 1) cost structure, 2) tax structure for state and local, 3) eastern time zone and 4) talent pool. He added that DC has a lot of real estate companies.

Between Q&A, we had instant polling. This is a clever thing from engagement perspective. You got captive audience made up of mostly business people.

I got a feeling that being in Virginia, audience is a bit more conservative. So you get kinda mixed answers. Hey, this IS Virginia. Not surprising. I meant, for example, there was an online question on how money is well spent for Dulles metrorail. Golbee said yes. McDonnell said in part. Pearlstein said yes. Don’t remember what Nassetta said. (Note to Washington Post: maybe you should add Maryland to the mix, just to see it from a different ‘business’ perspective).

One encouraging outlook for the economy (from the polling). Employers were asked, next year if they expect to a) hire more people, b) keep the same number of people, c) shrink their workforce. Most said they will hire. Job seekers, take note of that..

To read play-by-play, check out the Washington Post Live, here

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Dulles Metro construction update

Are cul-de-sacs to blame for stifling urban communities?

The image of the suburban cul-de-sac isn’t complete without a serene setting of large houses, emerald green grass lawns and a young child riding a tricycle out front.

The cul-de-sac, it seems, is the most iconic of suburban essentials.

But according to new research by Lawrence Frank, a professor who studies sustainable transportation at the University of British Columbia, cul-de-sacs are killing communities.

Studying neighborhoods in King County, Washington, Frank found that residents in areas with the most interconnected streets travel 26 percent fewer vehicle miles than those in areas with many cul-de-sacs.

Moreover, as a neighborhood’s overall walkability increases — that is, resembles more of an interconnected grid, rather than a series of dead-ends — so does the amount of walking and biking. In fact, air pollution and body mass index decrease on a per capita basis.

Cul-de-sacs is a dead end. There’s no walkable access to the neighborhood, unless you are looking for specific home in that hood.

If you live in cul-de-sacs: what do you like the most and least living there?

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