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Outstanding walkability/livability presentation by DC planning staff

Kaid Benfield

Posted February 28, 2010 at 6:45PM

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  vision of Eye St, NW, where DC's old convention center site is being rebuilt to LEED-ND standards

  a very walkable city (by: Walk Score, courtesy of DC Office of Planning)

As you can see from the Walk Score map above, Washington, DC is a city blessed with highly walkable neighborhoods.  And it’s going to get even better:  When he took office in 2007, DC mayor Adrian Fenty hit a home run by appointing national smart growth icon (and great friend to many of us) Harriet Tregoning to be director of the city’s planning office.  Harriet in turn assembled a great staff and has been doing terrific work ever since.

  vision of Canal Blocks Park, Capital Riverfront SE  DC's Healthy Corner Store program will benefit the Bellevue neighborhood 

This brief presentation (only 18 slides, but every one contains well-illustrated points of substance) shows some of that work, including plans for several walkable city neighborhoods.  It is one of the best of its kind that I’ve seen.  The last half illustrates how the ever-fascinating Walk Score tool can be used to guide planning goals.  (All images in this post are from the presentation, courtesy of DC Office of Planning.)   Enjoy:

    Getting To Walkability