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Richard, if D.C. decides it's worth the price tag to pay for a streetcar up 16th Street to Silver Spring without development opportunities in addition to the one on Georgia, then I'd be happy to use it as I already use the S buses in addition to the Red Line depending on my destination. It would be a good improvement for mobility.

With respect to the separated Yellow Line idea, it would make sense to send it up Colesville to White Oak. There is a major FDA office there and more employment is scheduled to cluster around it. Or, we could at least send it to Four Corners. The problems with those plans is that there isn't really any place for a station between Silver Spring and Four Corners or between Four Corners and White Oak. There wouldn't be much in the way of TOD opportunities.

As for Georgia Avenue between Howard University and Silver Spring, there are plenty of opportunities for land use that would justify heavy rail. D.C. would just need the political will to zone it so. The market wants it. Look at how Petworth is getting new development on what little empty lots they have. While there are plenty of old buildings on upper Georgia, there aren't very many that are historically significant.

by Cavan on Feb 21, 2013 1:25 pm • linkreport

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