: News

Filed Under:

Washington Hilton Undergoes Makeover

Play associated audio
Basketball legend Ervin 'Magic' Johnson (left) and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty (right) outside of the Washington Hilton.
Patrick Madden
Basketball legend Ervin 'Magic' Johnson (left) and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty (right) outside of the Washington Hilton.

By Patrick Madden

A D.C. landmark has undergone a-top-to-bottom makeover. The Washington Hilton has completed a three year, $150 million restoration, and it was made possible by a basketball legend.

The iconic hotel in Dupont Circle became nationally known in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan was shot there by John Hinkley Jr. It was designated an historic landmark several years ago and houses one of Washington’s largest ballrooms.

Equally noteworthy is one of the people behind the money: basketball superstar-turned-urban entrepreneur Ervin "Magic" Johnson.

This afternoon Johnson talked about the hotel’s economic impact.

"Eight-hundred and fifty construction jobs, amazing in a bad economy, and over 600 employees work inside to deliver the best customer service you will find anywhere," says Johnson.

This isn’t Johnson’s first investment in D.C. He’s has opened 10 Starbucks in the metro area and invested more than $300 million in the region over the years.

NPR

Bonjour, Barbie! An American Icon Packs Her Heels And Heads To France

Some 700 Barbie dolls are visiting Paris this summer. They span almost six decades of pretty, plastic history, including Malibu Barbie, astronaut Barbie, and, of course, Royal Canadian Mountie Barbie.
NPR

Domino's Pizza Tests Drone Delivery In New Zealand

Don't expect the service soon. The head of a drone company told Reuters they have to figure out how to navigate "random hazards like power lines, moving vehicles and children in the backyard playing."
NPR

In Stunning Reversal, Trump Suggests He'd 'Work With' Immigrants In U.S. Illegally

Trump courted hard-liners on immigration in the primary campaign. But he signaled Wednesday night he'd be in favor of a path to legalization for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
WAMU 88.5

A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.