Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Urban Turf: "A new plan for Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park and Truxton Circle"

Urban Turf attended this past Saturday's MidCityEast Small Area Plan kickoff and visioning session.

Thanks to Urban Turf for reporting on the event!

A New Plan For Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park and Truxton Circle

Big Bear Cafe
On Saturday, representatives from the Office of Planning (OP) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) met with residents of Bloomingdale, Eckington, LeDroit Park, Truxton Circle/Bates Area and Sursum Corda to kick off the Mid-City East Small Area Plan and Livability study.
Essentially, the Small Area Plan involves a targeted study to determine how to direct commercial and residential development, public space planning, historic preservation in the area. For the next few months, the Office of Planning will be meeting with residents, business owners, and an advisory board to figure out what is going on and what is needed in the area, and will make a formal series of recommendations, to be approved by the City Council, early next year. DDOT is concurrently conducting a livability study to look at ease of transportation around the neighborhoods.
The aforementioned neighborhoods have been clumped together because they all abut a set of corridors that OP wants to focus on improving: Florida Avenue, Rhode Island Avenue, and North Capitol Street. As several residents pointed out, the neighborhoods, though centrally located, struggle with walkability and livability because they are zigzagged with these high-speed, commuter-serving roads.
A few of the ideas generated on Saturday.
Attendees at Saturday’s meeting were flush with recommendations, which included:
  • Encouraging more neighborhood-serving retailers, like a doctor’s office, hardware store or salon
  • Decking North Capitol Street in places to add green space and improve the connection between the east and the west sections of the avenue
  • Preserving cultural diversity and affordable housing
  • Curbing “pop-ups” and maintaining the architectural character of the area
  • Making use of vacant homes and schools while monitoring the balance of social services and businesses.
  • Encouraging good neighborhood schools, and not just charter schools.
  • Finding large green space to serve all the neighborhoods.
  • Fixing the oft-clogged intersection at Florida Avenue and New York Avenue.
A contingent also made it clear that they didn’t want the area turning into Adams Morgan or U Street. “We don’t want all-night establishments in a bedroom community,” said one long-time resident.


Scott Roberts of Bloomingdale said...

What do you think of Teri Janine Quinn's suggestion of decking over parts of North Capitol Street with some green space?

BT said...

I love it! Especially near New York Ave.

Bloomingdale Resident said...

There have been great discussions about bringing back Truxton Circle and various ideas for North Capitol. The links to the DDOT study don't work - I have never read the report. Does anyone have a working link?



Unknown2 said...

We definitely need to build over N Capitol (decking) to bridge E and W while providing more green space. It would certainly beautify the area. This great idea has been floating around for at least 10 years. Is now the time to launch it? I vote Yes. Teri likes it! It would bring more business to her wine bar on North Capitol, next to the firehouse, too. Make revolutionize N Capitrol, finally.

Unknown2 said...

We also need to add a gym or personal fitness studio or personal trainer studio to the list of local serving businesses. We have a lot of salons actually and now a new (way expensive barber - $60 for mans haircut - yikes). To get to any kind of gym or personal training, we have to go to adams morgan, dupont, or capitol hill. There is absolutely no option in or near bloomingdale, ledroit park, eckington or nearby. If so, please tell me.