Southwest Washington, the smallest of the District’s four quadrants, is being considered for a large makeover. A 94-page draft plan issued last week by the National Capital Planning Commission offered several proposals that, over the next two decades, would revitalize the area between Sixth and 12th streets by turning it into an “ecodistrict.” Greater Greater Washington suggests that the plan offers a great opportunity to correct failed 1960s urban renewal projects in the neighborhood.
The new buildings could narrow 10th Street back to a width more resembling its role in the L'Enfant Plan, which could accommodate vehicles, sidewalks, bicycles and sidewalk cafes without the enormous expanse of sun-baked concrete of the current "promenade." The entire street would gain many more trees along its length.
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