Culture: It’s true. Washingtonians are obsessed with power, money, and education. According to a study released by the Brookings Institute, the Washington region ranks as the best-educated in the country. Now that explains why we have access to the all those foreign news channels such as Russia Today, France 24, NHK World, BBC World News, Al-Jazeera English…(Washington Post)
Infrastructure: The Park Service releases its vision for the National Mall. L’Enfant’s plan for the mall was inspired by the gardens at Versailles. If that’s true, then why does the mall look like a dump compared to the estate of Louis XIV? (NY Times)
Travel: Starting November 6th, Turkish Airlines will offer nonstop service from Istanbul to Dulles aboard a Boeing 777-300ER. (Air Transport World)
Once upon a time, F Street leading into Penn Quarter used be a bustling corridor of shops. Unfortunately, that vision is a distant memory. While posing a threat to Georgetown with a wide variety of upscale restaurants and entertainment options, F Street is still failing to attract high-end retailers.
In 2003, the arrival of H&M was hailed as a major revival to the corridor. Zara, West Elm, and Madame Tussauds followed suit and occupied different parts of Woodies building. Guess opened a store at 1155 F Street. And this year, Forever 21 will replace West Elm which closed its doors for business.
The Internationalist envisions a major thoroughfare of retail activity on F Street leading into the heart of Penn Quarter. Think a la Regent Street in London or Canal Street in New York. An Apple store could have provided further regeneration of the area. After its store designs for Georgetown were being rejected, Terry Lynch, an architecht of Penn Quarter’s revival, sent a letter to Neil Albert, deputy mayor for economic development and urged him to “immediately engage Apple in other locations.” But the folks over at the Old Georgetown Board ultimately accepted Apple’s design on a fourth attempt.
Times are tough, but D.C’s economy is strong. And landlord’s in Penn Quarter will have to make an extra effort to attract more retailers and less restaurants. We already have enough of the latter.