“Neighborhoods in the District of Columbia want vibrant and distinct neighborhood centers filled with proud merchants, well-maintained shops in attractive buildings, excited patrons, and supportive residents. These neighborhoods and others are linked by a series of major corridors that have significant potential to be “great streets” – places where people want to be.” – The District of Columbia – dmped.dc.gov
The District on Columbia has embarked on the Great Streets Initiative. The Great Streets Initiative is a multi-year, multiple-agency effort aimed at transforming nine under-invested corridors into thriving, inviting, safe, and beautiful neighborhood and community centers. The District seeks to revitalize critical transportation and retail corridors throughout the city. According to Debra D. Yogodzinski, Partner Nixon Peabody LLP Co-Chair, and DCBIA Retail Business Development Committee; “the primary goal of the initiative is to make the designated streets-all major thoroughfares and commercial corridors in the District into attractive neighborhood destinations by…infrastructure improvements and economic and community development projects that will act as a catalyst for private investment in housing and retail developments.” These improvements will comprise of public realm investments, strategic land use plans, public safety strategies, and economic development assistance.
Alternative Paving Concepts (APC) is proud to be contributing to the Great Streets Initiative. APC will be installing nine Street Print XD crosswalks, as well as DuraTherm intersections for the Georgia Avenue Great Renovation portion. These high performance crosswalks and intersections will provide an attractive and long lasting touch to Georgia Avenue, as well as a safe and traffic calming way for pedestrians to cross. These stamped asphalt crosswalks will incororpate thermoplastic materials that are made to be extremely durable and cost effective. Street Print XD and DuraTherm will give Georgia Avenue the authentic and historic look of brick, while also adding highly visible intersections for pedestrian safety against traffic.
According to Greater Greater Washington, The District of Columbia’s stated goals and objectives for the ” Great Streets projects” are to:
- “Improve the quality of life in neighborhoods along the corridors, including public safety, physical appearance, and personal opportunity”
- “Support local demand for goods and services through economic development”
- “Expand mobility choices and improve safety and efficiency of all modes of travel”
- “Attract private investment through the demonstration of a public commitment to Great Streets communities.”
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) has partnered with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Office of Planning (OP) to manage this program. More than $200 million is being invested in new development projects, including storefront improvements, transportation, streetscape beautification, and transit improvements along these corridor and centers.
Areas included in the “Great Streets” Initiative are:
- 7th Street and Georgia Avenue Great Streets Initiative
- Benning Road NE and SE Great Streets Initiative
- H Street NE Great Street Initiative
- Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and South Capital Street Great Streets Initiative
- Minnesota Avenue NE and SE Great Streets Initiative
- Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE Great Streets Initiative
- North Capitol Great Streets Initiative
- Pennsylvania Avenue SE Great Streets Initiative
- Rhode Island Avenue Great Street Initiative
Examples of Alternative Paving Concepts High Performance Street Scapes: