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Topic of the week: Greater Greater 2024

Wednesday marks the start of 2014, but what about further into the future? We asked our contributors what they hope to be writing and reading about on Greater Greater Washington in 10 years.

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Dan Reed: I'd like to write about how the region's ethnic enclaves, from Langley Park to Annandale, have become the new hot spots, drawing investment from around the globe as the cool kids finally realize there's a big world outside DC, and it's got much better food. Meanwhile, the Rockville Metro station gets renamed "Chinatown."

Jim Titus: I hope to read that that Metropolitan AME complains about DDOT's insensitivity to churches, while the city makes excuses. Church officials complain that CaBi needs to completely empty its 60-bike dock early on Sundays, to prevent the dock from exceeding capacity at the 11:00 AM service.

But DDOT says the real problem is that the new "trikeshare" three-wheelers used by most elderly parishioners each take up two spaces. Church officials concede that the dock never fills at the 7:45 service, which is generally attended by younger members.

Michael Perkins: Goal for the next five years is for DC to take the experience in San Francisco to heart and get serious about managing their curbside parking. Adjust hours and prices to ensure people can find a space if they're willing to pay what it's worth.

Ben Ross: Construction of a new Metro line through downtown DC, and new rail lines in the suburbs. And a reorientation of the Montgomery and Prince George's transportation departments, like DC and Arlington, to operate urban complete streets rather than suburban highways.

Canaan Merchant: 1) Hopefully I'll be reading about construction on a number of new transit lines. 2) Hopefully we'll see so many people on bikes that we'll need to discuss how to handle bicycle congestion. 3) How the city has adapted under new buildings that have broken the current height limit. 4) What the city has planned for an RFK site that is now focused on providing new housing/retail for the city and not more stadiums and parking lots. 5) How the Columbia Pike streetcar has aided in transforming the corridor and led to calls for streetcar expansion throughout Northern Virginia.

Chad Maddox: How the region has successfully absorbed many more residents while simultaneously managing to keep housing relatively affordable. Also, how the District has become a national model for its efforts to eliminate concentrated poverty and residential segregation in its borders.

Tracey Johnstone: That better coordination among local transit agencies, combined with the implementation of free transfer among subway, light rail, bus, and streetcar increased transit usage by over 25%.

Adam Froehlig: In a controversial effort to address chronic bike congestion on the MVT and the 14th St Bridge path, NPS and DDOT implement all-electronic bicycle tolls. A local bike commuter is quoted in the news as saying it will force him to switch to driving while another complains that the revenues will go to the private collector and WMATA instead of to path and bridge repairs.

And after years of false starts, the District finally implements a mileage tax. The effort is seen as a colossal failure as non-DC-registered cars are exempt and the elimination of the gas tax prompts Maryland drivers to suddenly flood DC streets such as Benning Road and Georgia Ave to take advantage of the cheaper DC gas.

Neil Flanagan: I'd like to hear Montgomery officials getting anxious about how successful Prince George's Smart Growth program has been. That it's putting pressure on DC to drop rents, but won't someone think about the historic Greenbelt gas station that's going under?

Also, "Daddy, what's a Millenial?"

Steven Yates grew up in Indiana before moving to DC in 2002 to attend college at American University. He currently lives in Southwest DC.  


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Greater acceptance of free market principles, significant reduction of federal government entities within the DC region, complete abolishment of the DC height act, affording private property owners the opportunity to build without neighbor interference, increasing the metro fares to an amount capable of financial self-sufficiency, regulation-free taxi service, and finally, the privatizing and tolling of all major highways in the region.

by Bill the Wanderer on Dec 30, 2013 11:26 am • linkreport

I hope to read

- a proposal to build a Denver-like shopping area in the downtown. A pedestrian mall that is served by light transit, to be called the "War on Cars Promenade."

- for someone to reopen Sholl's Cafeteria, and launch a counter-attack against the District's effete foodies.

- the construction of a tunnel connecting Gallery Place with Metro Center, and financed by a tax on umbrellas.

- a dramatic speed-up in the expansion of the trolley service, certainly before today's 20 somethings are eligible for Social Security.

- about how neighborhood groups stopped using ANCs to attack every single liquor license once recreational use of marijuana is approved.

by kob on Dec 30, 2013 11:27 am • linkreport

A boom in housing options through more accessory dwellings, group houses focused on retirement aged people, a resurgence of parkingless mid-rise development around the city, streetcar and bus priority enabled density, and density bonuses allowed by raising the height limit across the city.

I'd also like to see some pedestrian/bike streets with only transit access (and some perpendicular car crossings) minus the stretch at Mt Vernon Sq. I'm looking at 7th st from Shaw to Archives. The city will lease dedicated areas about the size of parking spaces to vendors for $35 a year.

by BTA on Dec 30, 2013 11:51 am • linkreport

I'd like to see greater cooperation between DC and its surrounding suburbs and greater investments in PG county to balance the region out. A divided house cannot stand. The DC region needs to get its act together so that all areas can share in its success.

by adelphi_sky on Dec 30, 2013 1:08 pm • linkreport

#1 in my book ... Plans for the Yellow Line down Route 1 to Ft. Belvoir.

Also, completed streetcar through Old Town (and plans to extend it to Mount Vernon down the center of the Parkway ... I know, but can't we dream?).

by Thad on Dec 30, 2013 1:27 pm • linkreport

I'm going out on a real limb here:

A dedicated lane for S buses on 16th street during rush hour, in the direction of the rush, with cameras mounted on the hood to ticket scofflaws.

A guy can dream, can't he?

by dc denizen on Dec 30, 2013 3:14 pm • linkreport

DC Statehood legislation signed by the President.

by David C on Dec 30, 2013 3:47 pm • linkreport

Finally, recognition that Portland wishes it were DC.

by Crickey7 on Dec 30, 2013 3:51 pm • linkreport

@ adelphi_sky


by ceefer66 on Dec 30, 2013 5:19 pm • linkreport

Elimination of the enrollment caps in DC for colleges and universities, a pedestrian tunnel connecting the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations, more department stores in Downtown/Metro Center, expmding the fabric of the city to connect the Kennedy Center with Foggy Bottom and the rest of DC by covering over or eliminating sections of the E Street/Roosevelt Bridge/Whitehurst Freeway highway ramps in from of the KenCen and, lastly, have the Washington NFL team (with new nickname) move back to the District of Columbia. Also, taller buildings in downtown DC and at Metrorail hubs.

by LoyalColonial on Dec 31, 2013 12:14 pm • linkreport

I'm dreaming that in 2024 people move to DC for its superb public schools, and downtown Bethesda tears down some of its hideous high~rises for more green space, dog runs, and public gathering places. The entire region is celebrated for its pedestrian zones and safe streets.

by Wendy L DC Native on Dec 31, 2013 7:44 pm • linkreport

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