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Neighborhood Watch: Columbia Heights and the Civic Plaza

P9020177The Issue: All eyes are on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza after the Prince of Petworth posted a sneak preview of construction so far. Engineers were out testing the fountains this morning, and Vincent Kumordzie, resident engineer, says it's all pretty much done. What's left? Planting and landscaping on 14/15 September...completed by 25 September. So how's it looking?

Proponent: 12th and W is pretty impressed: "It looks terrific, will be a lovely place to people watch. I just hope they have installed enough seating."

Opponent: Joni, meanwhile, bemoans the lack of verse:

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a fountain
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a mosaic style fountain…yah!

Next step: The grand opening – Fenty's office should be deciding on a date soon.

Photo courtesy of DDOT

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  • Joel Lawson

    The fountain and park look fantastic. As for Joni, she's an extreme minority on the PoP comment thread, and rightfully so. "All the trees" were 11 young trees. "Paradise" was an unusable lineup of the trees, as if it were the too-neat-for-people plaza outside an office building. If anyone in their right mind believes the new mosaics, fountains, seating areas, and landscape boxes represent a downgrade from the image below, let us all know:

  • Joel Lawson

    oops bad link. Anyway, set your map for 14th at Kenyon, rotate, and evaluate.

  • Downtown Rez

    I agree this is very sweet.
    Though a few shaded spots would be welcome additions come next summer, I'm sure.

  • Mike Licht

    This is not lunch-time seating for office workers. This is housing for dozens of homeless people.

  • Downtown Rez

    The sun rises alike on the evil and the good. The rain falls on the just and the unjust.
    There is no sense in planning for the worst at the expense of the best.

  • Jamie

    I've never heard anyone refer to Columbia Heights pre-DCUSA as Paradise. Wasteland? Yes. War zone? Yes. Ghetto? Yes. But there sure weren't any trees then either, and you needed a bulletproof vest to leave your house.

  • Brandon Green

    Beautiful photo of the fountain.

  • creativemeat

    If I lived in a war zone/"ghetto"/required-bulletproof-vest-area, I'd probably choose to live in a different neighborhood.

  • downtown rez

    Jamie: CH before DCUSA wasn't solely a ghetto/wasteland/warzone etc, And it did have trees, as can be seen by the many 50+ year old trees that line the side streets. I like DCUSA, but I also liked CH before it was built.
    Try not to be so hysterical.