April Downtowner: Caps, Wizards; Office Space

Capitals, Wizards Commit to Capital One Arena 

It looks like the Capitals and the Wizards are staying put in Gallery Place after all. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s plan to build an arena in Alexandria has been deemed dead. Pending approval by the District Council, a new agreement reached by Mayor Muriel Bowser and Monumental Sports owner Ted Leonsis has the District spending over $500 million to upgrade Capital One Arena and retain the teams through 2050. 

Tax Season Robocalls Plague D.C. Residents  

According to Transaction Network Services, a company that monitors daily calls over wireless networks, Washington, D.C., residents have received nearly 400,000 tax preparation-related robocalls, many quite convincing, since the start of 2024. Some await your response to capture enough of your voice for AI to use in future scams. Network carriers have spent billions to improve the capability of caller ID to identify and label spam. 

Arrest Made in 34-Year-Old Cold Case  

In March of 1990, Sheila Brown told police that two men knocked on her door in Northeast D.C., looking for her then-boyfriend, Norman L. Rich. When she got home from running errands, she continued, she found Rich shot dead inside. Over three decades later, Brown, 66, was charged with second-degree murder. After pleading not guilty late last month in D.C. Superior Court, she was released from custody to await additional proceedings.  

D.C. Office Workers On-Site Below Other Cities 

Many employers have been requiring their employees to return to the office, even if it’s just on a hybrid basis. Washington, D.C. is one of the lowest of 10 large metro areas to have workers on-site. Building security firm Kastle Systems released a recent report that says the weekly average since the pandemic has seldom topped 50 percent of pre-pandemic occupancy levels. As of press time, the highest amount of workers back in-office is the Austin metro area. The lowest metro area with on-site workers is San Jose. 




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