Born in Brazil and raised in Austria, Lanier, informally known as the "King of Georgetown," arrived in DC in the Eighties, and over the years has almost singlehandedly transformed once-sleepy Georgetown into a dynamic, European-style pedestrian center. It's a testament to his influence that when his company recently acquired properties in the U Street NW and H Street NE corridors, it was hailed as a definitive milestone in these areas' return to viability.
1. What's a typical day for you?
Fifteen hours long!
2. What or who is your biggest influence?
My kids. If they can do it, so should I.
4. What is your biggest DC pet peeve?
The village/pedestrian context.
5. What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?
I don't own an iPod.
6. Favorite DC haunt?
7. What's your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
Sit in my garden.
8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Somewhere between Salzburg and Bozen (Bolzano).
9. If you couldn't be a.businessman, what would you be?
I think I'd be an intellectual.
10. Name one thing most people don't know about you.
I really like turtles.