Posts Tagged ‘office of planning’

And Now Let Us Witness Excellent Maps And Charts

For a recent Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force meeting, the Office of Planning put together some visuals that capture what's getting built in the city, and how it's changing. Here are some of my favorites.
1) Didn't believe we're in an apartment boom? The District issued more permits for buildings with more than five units in [...]

Old 11th Street Bridge Deck Coming Off, Could Be Rebuilt For Pedestrians

For the last couple months, the city has been trying to figure out the best way to keep its options open for re-using a piece of the old 11th Street Bridge when cars are going over a new one. The Office of Planning floated a "recreation bridge" that would have all sorts of programming, creating an [...]

A High Line for the Anacostia? More Like a Ponte Vecchio.

Cloethiel Woodard Smith's plan for a bridge across the Washington Channel.

Yesterday, the news dropped that the Office of Planning is floating the idea of preserving one of the 11th Street bridge spans slated to be destroyed after the new ones are built, and renovating it into a pedestrian space for arts, culture, natural appreciation, and [...]

Streetcar Study: Could We Get the System For Free?

Finally, finally the Office of Planning has released the full results of their streetcar land use study, which details the projected effects on all 37 miles of the system that's been planned so far (I've been asking for it since a short version dropped last May). I'm still digesting the whole thing, which goes into [...]

City Imagines Another Future for 14th Street Bus Barn

You know what's a drag? Having a giant brick warehouse with buses coming in and out of it all day take up an entire block on one side of a neighborhood commercial street. That's the reality of 14th Street NW between Buchanan and Decatur. It's frustrated upper 14th Street businesses no end, and even Metro [...]

Wondering About the Zoning Update?

Last week, the Washington Post's ombudsman relayed his conversation with a group of activists from the D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations, who—super-blogger Mike DeBonis excepted—are none too happy with the paper's coverage of local issues lately (the Federation's chairman, Robert Brannum, has used more extreme means to voice his displeasure with the Post before). Among [...]

More Disneyfication Coming to Chinatown

Along with backing a gigantic new office building that will house international businesses at last night's U.S.-China Capital Cities Friendship Council gala, Mayor Vince Gray also expressed support for something dear to many people in the room: The continuing existence of a Chinatown in D.C.'s downtown core, which when he first became D.C. Council chairman, [...]

Do D.C. Residents Have Any Good Ideas on Sustainability?

Back in July, the District Department of the Environment and Office of Planning announced that they'd be embarking on a new sustainability strategy. They couldn't tell us what it would entail, exactly. That was supposed to come from you: Having designed a big old community engagement effort, OP director Harriet Tregoning said they were "crowdsourcing" [...]

Getting What We Can, Transit-Wise, Out of Ward 5 Walmart

In March, we learned about how the Office of Planning had nudged WV Urban Development into making its depressingly large, car-centric Walmart/Lowes/Other Chain Store project on New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road NE slightly more people-friendly. Now, the District Department of Transportation has seen what it needs to sign off on the plan as well, [...]

D.C. Puts Out Glossy Streetcar Brochure

A while ago, the Office of Planning commissioned a study on how the proposed 37-mile streetcar system will affect jobs, property values, tax revenues, and other big economic metrics in the city. Last month, it even won the Congress for the New Urbanism's 2011 Charter Award and the New Urban Network's plan of the month [...]

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