Monday, August 6, 2007

Planning the 14th Street "Streetscape"

For anyone who hasn't heard, I want to get the word out about the 14th St. Transportation and Streetscape Study. DDOT has teamed with some consultants to plan for growth along 14th St. NW. More about the goals of the project can be found here:

The project team is involving DC residents in the planning process through a series of four public meetings. The purpose of the first meeting, according to the website, was to "outline the project, discuss existing conditions and develop a shared vision for the future of the corridor." From that meeting it was determined that top priorities for the neighborhood are encouraging arts, retail, and entertainment while also considering "bike/pedestrian orientation," which I presume to mean encouraging the use and safety of non-vehicular transportation.

During the next public forum the development of options for the 14th St. corridor will be discussed. This meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on September 25th in the National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle . I think that all who can should take advantage of this opportunity to shape the future of their neighborhood. However, anyone who can't make it out should at least share their input using the online form on the Streetscape Study's website.

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