Using the Banneker Park strech to the Energie building as a farmers makert would be ideal. This strech is often empty during the weekend, wich allows for plenty of parking. Also, with the corrent signage would bring visitors/turist from the national mall/Smithsonian.
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 »
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.
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.
As you scope out decking I-395 west of 9th Street, also estimate east of 9th Street as far as 4th Street. I believe decking the freeway this far is part of the current Millennium Plan the District is using to guide development through this century, so the sooner the better.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »