Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Future of 14th Street

There have already been numerous announcements, postings, and emails about the 14th St. Streetscape Study, but here's one more in case you missed it:

DDOT is performing a study on the 14th Street corridor, ranging from between 13th Street to 15th Street, from Thomas Circle up to Florida Avenue. (See the map here.) A major part of this study is community involvement and comments obtained through public meetings, and the first meeting is scheduled to be held next Wednesday, June 20th.

Share Your Vision for the 14th St. Corridor

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Source Theater

1835 14th Street NW

Washington, DC 20009

This is the first of four meetings, and will "outline the project, discuss existing conditions and develop a shared vision for the future of the corridor." The next three meetings have yet to be scheduled.


Anonymous said...

How did the first meeting go? Does anyone have updates to share?

Brian said...

Yeah, I attended the meeting. It was pretty high-level and hand-wavy, and it was also a testament to how frustrating the public can be when engaged via meetings of this sort. There were more than a few people who only wanted to bitch about what was wrong, rather than listening to the presenters and the plan and the goals. There was a lot of angst and worry about sidewalk lighting.

Still, the first meeting provided some useful information, such as the timeline: They will be gathering information and metrics throughout the summer, as well as taking feedback on their web site. There will be another public meeting in September, and a third sometime in November or December. The study completes next March, and they'll have a report, recommendation, and final meeting at that time. After that, we can expect twelve to eighteen months for the designers and engineers to do their work, with groundbreakings shortly thereafter. In short, we won't see anything completed until at least 2010.