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Other Places and Spaces

South Entrance to L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station

L'Enfant Plaza will be the main way residents and visitors access the improvements to Southwest. The three current entrances, however, are located too far north to be truly useful to access the best of SW and the closest of the three is closed on weekends. Adding a fourth entrance under the south awning of the HUD building would be ideal. A platform over the Yellow/Green line tracks on the south side of the station and ...more »

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Other Places and Spaces

Green Sound Barriers for I-395

This elevated freeway is a huge source of noise pollution in a very densely populated area (much more densely populated than Virginia and Maryland suburbs for which sound barriers were built.) Also, last I checked SW DC was an air pollution hot spot.

PROPOSAL: Build sound barriers covered with plants that will reduce air pollution in this area.

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Other Places and Spaces

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

There are copious amounts of water available year-round at a steady temperature of somewhere between 54 and 57 degrees (Fahrenheit) underneath the Southwest Eco-district. The payback period for installing geothermal heating and cooling has varied between 4 and 12 years in Silver Spring Md and New York City. Nationally, one-sixth of our energy use is devoted to heating and cooling buildings. In 2009 about 35% of our ...more »

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Other Places and Spaces

Resources -- Tap the Private Sector for Public Amenities

Tap private donations to pay for improvements. We are in an era of increasingly tight resources. If someone is willing to make a big donation to help pay for a park and decking over I-395 let them have their name on the park located there. If someone else were willing to pay for a green roof with public access let them pick the name for that feature. Smaller donations could go for things like permeable, resilient ...more »

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10th Street Corridor

Keep & Develop the Open Plaza at L'Enfant Plaza as Public Space

The current owner of the land that the plaza part of L'Enfant Plaza occupies plans to replace it with yet another office block. A far higher use of this land and one in keeping with the objectives of this project would developing it as an extension of the Mall that would provide would provide a sheltered space for the sort of activities currently conducted on the Mall itself (festivals, etc). GSA: Get creative in working ...more »

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10th Street Corridor

Enhance Banneker Park

Please enhance Banneker park as tribute to this great regional native. A prominent statue and commemorative monument should be erected, as Banneker was responsible for mapping out Washington, with his extensive knowledge of astronomy (he also published several accurate almanacs, invented a fully functioning wooden clock, an irrigation system, etc. etc. etc.). Banneker was beloved by George Washington who appointed him ...more »

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10th Street Corridor

Center Point of American Democracy: Tenth St & Independence Ave

Washington was created to be and is our capital, the place where the functions of government take place at the highest level. In planning any part of Washington's monumental core, I believe we'd all agree that one highly desirable result would be winding up some new features or tools that would let us govern ourselves even a little bit better: Tools that would let the three branches of our government work together better; ...more »

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Other Places and Spaces

Wind Energy?

Since one of the main goals of the Ecodistrict project is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all possible energy sources should be evaluated. While geothermal is probably the most promising, there are a few places in the Ecodistrict that could might be able to produce modest amounts of energy with vertical wind turbines. In general average wind speeds in the Washington area are low but there are a few places where ...more »

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10th Street Corridor

connection to fish market

The DC Fish Market is an important piece of local culture, a vibrant meeting-place for community socializing, and a commercial hub for local businesses. While the addition of retail food space might detract from the DC Fish Market's business, the plan could offset this impact and even enhance the Fish Market's role in the community by adding safer pedestrian access routes. Currently, pedestrians from 10th Street SW ...more »

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10th Street Corridor

Green Housing Decathlon

A "Green Decathlon" could be a crown jewel for the Ecodistrict. Like DOE's Solar Decathlon (which is being moved this fall to a site adjacent to the FDR Memorial) the contest would harness huge amounts of free talent and energy from universities around the world in a competition to design and build the "best" green housing units. "Best" would be defined by the contest sponsors (DOE? HUD? Modular, or Manufactured Housing ...more »

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10th Street Corridor

Connecting to East Potomac Park

I realize that this is a connection that is out of the development zone, but you said to think out of the box. There should be a shuttle from L'Enfant Plaza and a bike share station on the other side of the bridge in East Potomac Park to make access to Hains Point's recreation and picnic areas more accessible to residents in SW as well as to tourists.

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10th Street Corridor

Re-model the Forrestal Building to "Open Up" the View

Asking your forbearance (I'm not an engineer or architect), but imagine if the Forrestal Building were re-modeled into two cuboids (3-dimensional rectangles) or towers on either side of 10th Street. These two towers could be connected by an enclosed bridge/walkway (or bridges/walkways) whose walls would be largely glass. DOE would give up the office space that is elevated above 10th Street but they would regain it ...more »

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Maryland Avenue Corridor

community garden(s)

Please consider inclusion of one or more community gardens into the plan, whether along Maryland Avenue or 10th Street. This would compensate for the planned removal of the Independence Community Garden at 6th St. SW/Independence Ave/Maryland Ave, and it would help fill a crucial local need, as many (if not all) community gardens in the DC area have a multi-year wait-list. There is ample room along 10th Street SW and ...more »

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10th Street Corridor

streetcar alignment?

I'm so pleased with the attention being paid to this part of the city. I wonder whether the proposed streetcar alignments will be revisited if all this redevelopment takes place: It may make more sense for a streetcar to somehow make its way up 10th, instead of up 7th as is planned now. This would also serve more of the proposed waterfront development sites. the circulator could still serve 7th street proper, and once ...more »

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10th Street Corridor

Comments on 10th Street Corridor

1. All analyses of the current failure of the Promenade, and the proposals for its rehabilitation, development and/or repurposing begin with the removal of at least the northern, east-west portion (“elephant on giraffe's legs”) of the Forrestal Building. If plans for the redevelopment of Virginia Avenue with a through view to the Washington Monument are realized, the whole building will need to be removed. Given the ...more »

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Maryland Avenue Corridor

100% Renewable Energy

Why not have an audacious goal of generating enough energy in this area to power the area? Given that we have DOE headquarters in the area we have a lot of local expertise. Now that 4th street is included, the co-ops on 4th street could be included, so that they can do solar roofs. Federal buildings could use geothermal and wind.

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10th Street Corridor

Forrestal Building Demolition

I would like NCPC to consider how demolishing the Forrestal Building (and constructing new buildings) is a green practice? The energy used in demolition and rebuilding will far outweigh any LEED rating a new building is given. Not to mention the amount of debris and greenhouse gases that will be generated. The Department of Energy recently did a study to figure out how the building could be renovated to achieve LEED ...more »

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Other Places and Spaces

Alternative to Interstate Decking

If we are thinking as big as possibly decking I-395 in this area, why not also consider the possibility of highway deconstruction. Many urban areas have recently demolished stretches of highway in downtown areas to reconnect the urban fabric.

This may be completely infeasible, but no more extreme than decking the highway - and probably more beneficial and more in line with the L'Enfant plan.

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