Saturday, April 21, 2018

D.C. takes great pride in its bikeshare system and rightly so. In August 2008, D.C. became the first jurisdiction in the United States to launch a bike sharing system. Then called SmartBike D.C., the program offered 120 bikes at 10 stations in downtown D.C. and the City center. Today, Capital Bikeshare, lets you choose from over 3,000 bicycles across 350 stations in Washington, D.C., Arlington and Alexandria, VA, and Montgomery County, MD. Capital Bikeshare has grown so popular that in May of this year they introduced two locations with guaranteed docks where members can be assured that they will no longer be “dock-blocked.” The surge...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Greetings District Readers! Our apologies for the gap between posts.  The Ninja team has been planning out longer term projects that we can’t wait to bring your way. One of these has finally arrived: The District Spotlight. Every month or two, the Ninja team will interview a business in DC that has been established for at least 10 years. While the data tends to support the notion that DC is a transient city, there are countless District businesses that have bucked this trend and have helped make many of DC’s neighborhoods what they are today, well before the arrival of transplants and new development.

Many of these businesses have...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bad weather tends to go hand in hand with longer Metrorail delays. Delays usually last the longest when it’s freezing outside, with the situation being a bit better when it’s snowing and even better when it’s only raining.

Between January 2013 and January 2017, there was some kind of Metrorail delay virtually every day; nearly 20% of Metro trains arrived late in 2016. That may sound alarming, and it’s certainly bothersome, but Metro isn’t alone when it comes to delays being part of a standard day: in New York City, for example, 25% of subway trains were late every day in 2014. And like with Metro, the situation in New York isn’t getting any bette...

Monday, December 19, 2016

We’ve all woken up to it on a Saturday morning. The sound of the jackhammers and bulldozers concurrently destroying the building next to us in addition to our alarm-less wake ups. Construction seem to be everywhere in DC now and can range from your small neighbors row house projects all the way to massive scale projects like Capitol Crossing. Seemingly, the alarm-less wake ups will only continue  as housing construction in DC is reaching its highest levels in over five decades. With no sign of the jack hammers abating, we wanted to see if there is any upside for our own home values while dealing with all this noise. In other words, at the curren...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Like mambo sauce, DC loves a good block party. So much so that the you can find tips on throwing a good DC neighborhood block party in the Washington Post. Much like our beloved Smithsonian and many other DC attractions, DC neighborhood block parties have a legal definition which states “no admission or entrance fee.” Everyone is invited. Throwing Block parties in DC hasn’t always been a smooth process. Though, for the last few years since the D.C. Department of Transportation has taken over the process, it has seemingly improved. Some of the Ninja Team frequented the annual Capitol Hill Block Party this year and came back feeling...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

With the 2016 election right around the corner or as comedian John Oliver calls it the “Lady Liberty Convenience Store Robbery Gone Wrong Descending into a Hostage Situation and now she’s demanding a chopper… 2016” (among other great titles, compilation here), it’s easy to get lost in the whirlwind.  Amidst all of the crazy comments, email scandals, non-profit investigations (see more here) one of the saner and wiser members of our staff (Thanks Amir) thought this would be a good time to look at something other than polling numbers, SNL skits, and articles about controversy (note: no links for that one as there would simply b...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

We are back again for another installment of the District Spotlight. Our last spotlight featured the Brightwood Park institution, Crown Bakery. Like the last spotlight, District Ninja interviewed a business in DC that was established over ten years ago. While the data tends to support that DC is a transient city, many District businesses resist this trend and have helped contribute to providing the heart and soul of many DC’s neighborhoods, to make them the diverse communities they are today. Well before the arrival of transplants and new development.

For the second spotlight feature, we have chosen barbershop World Class Cuts located in Mount Ve...

Monday, September 19, 2016

Home buying across the United States and right here in the District continues to remain competitive and increasingly costly for buyers. Roughly half (47%) of the homes on the market in the United States today sell in less than a month. This year homes in D.C. averaged 39 days on the market. While we weren’t too surprised to learn that average sales prices year to date are roughly up 1.44%, we were excited to see that the growth was occurring both to the west and east of the Anacostia river.  Average sales prices so far in Anacostia have grown roughly 17.7%, one of the largest gainers across the entire city.

While not close to the 9...

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