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To build on CityGal's many fine points, if the city is really heading towards greater livability through pedestrianization, this seems like an abdication of a great opportunity. The oval and circle seem like fine ideas, but the scale is way off as previously noted, and with the circa 1965 highway ramps on to 295, they will all but destroy this area's potential to be an extension of the pedestrian environment being created around the ball park into Anacostia. If we're planning to accomodate another million residents, let's redesign areas that could accept some of them when we need to re-build infrastructure.

Annacostia Park seems like a great opportunity for re-development considering it's the connective tissue between the ball park area and both Annacostia and Berry Farm. With the Naval Support Facility hogging prime costal realestate to the south, it would be nice to see the city embrace one of its most underused asset, it's miles of waterfront. Why not extend the area that South Capitol is becoming de-highwayized accross the river? This would not only tie East of the river to West but considering the density we are supposed to handle in the near future, we need to envision large chunks of land to accomodate future development. Where's the big picture vision of the city, where are the McMillan styled drawings that paint a picture of what a sophisticated city could be, and not leave another infrastructure project to the narrow domain of the traffic engineer?

by Thayer-D on Jan 3, 2013 6:03 am • linkreport

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