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 »
10th Street Corridor
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Couldn't the new 9th Street bridge that goes under L'Enfant Plaza be modified to include a pedestrian access up to the shopping mall, food court, and hotel? It seems like SW residents are virtually barricaded from this complex.