Revisiting ideas for 4th & L

Back in February this blog wondered aloud if a dog park could be the answer to transform the gravel lot at 4th & L from blight into a contributing use. Unfortunately shortly thereafter investigation of the deeds for the land by MVSNA officers showed that the land appeared to be under title to Bible Way church rather than the District.

While nothing has fundamentally changed on that front, the “Before and After” Community Garden concept rendering created by John Thompson is too slick not to share.

This 4th & L lot would be a great site to put temporary urbanism to practice. Rather than allow the eyesore to persist indefinitely it would be outstanding if a temporary use, such as a community garden, could be identified for the next 5+ years. Then once K Street blossoms and the streetcar arrives the lot could be developed.

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    IMGoph says

    good luck convincing a large DC church to do something that their congregation will believe only benefits "gentrifiers."

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    Anonymous says

    What about a dog park across the street between 4th and 5th on L? That is also a big empty space for now.

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    John Thompson says

    I wanted a sidewalk as well (which would be there anyway as it's required by the city). Keep in mind that this is just a concept to give people a visual as to what the 'hood would look like with a community garden on the lot.

    Maybe I'll throw a sidewalk in there when I get the chance – hopefully one like we have on 4th St with the tree boxes! :)

    Also – I think a dog park on the vacant lot on L St. would be terrific!!

    These are ALL GREAT temp. urbanism ideas! I would love to convince them to simply let the community use & care for the land until they're ready to develop it – it's a win-win situation, we just need to figure out how to successfully present it.


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    danmac says

    The Church was given a legislative 15 year tax exemption in 2006 . Questions to Wells and Kwame Brown remain unanswered. There is a form for non profit real estate tax exemptions which require a planned use and timetable the legislative tax exemption bypasses this form.So the question remains unanswered why this exemption and what is the justification for it. What does the chirch plan to do with this property?