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What Happens When Arcades Disappear

Last fall, the Zoning Commission okayed getting rid of the awkward, shady urban awnings that the city once encouraged. Within the last week, the building for which they made the change–One Dupont Circle–has filled in its arcade, building out the interior for Ping Pong Dim Sum. I think it makes for a much more welcoming space.

  • William H

    Certainly a good move from a planning perspective, but the use of dark smoked glass defeats the point. The choreography of retail activity will be hidden. Clear glass storefronts are critical to the creation of active urban streets we all admire. The arcade removal is a step in the right direction, but not a home run.

  • Ace in DC

    I hope the arcade at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library along G St is removed. Right now it is a sketchy hobo shanty town that does not make an inviting entrance to this landmark library. They could certainly benefit from the thousands of additional space (it is a huge/deep arcade).

  • http://westnorth.com Payton

    Arcades were indeed an unfortunately overused fad of late-modern architecture, particularly the heavier, more shadowy ones which attract smokers, loiterers, etc. However, they are somewhat convenient in regions with hot and sunny summers -- and while DC doesn't have Italy's sunshine, I do appreciate shade in our summers. Should the planning department encourage awnings instead? More robust street trees?