Late last year the Office of Planning had two rounds of public open houses for the Mount Vernon Square District Project. The project is designed to generate implementation‐driven solutions for specific transportation, public realm and real estate challenges and opportunities in the blocks, streets, and reservations surrounding Mount Vernon Square.
The October public open house gathered reems of feedback from community attendees. The second open house that followed December unveiled four transportation alternatives for public consideration and have been nicely summarized at Greater Greater Washington. The planning office is now requesting community feedback on the transportation alternatives be submitted by January 22nd. To submit your feedback fill out this form, that allows for both rank ordering of alternatives and feedback on specific components, and send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transportation Alternative 3 (shown above) seems the early favorite among responses I’ve seen on listservs from MVSNA board members and area residents such as Thinkprogress blogger Matt Yglesias. I prefer this option as well as I believe the pedestrian improvements are the most favorable and the one way traffic circulation around the square will be the best for the eventual arrival of the K Street Streetcar line. I find Alternative 2 to be the worst as having both 15ft wide bus lanes placed on 7th Street feels like too much – better in my mind to place one on 7th and one on 9th.
What is your favored alternative and what would you change about any of these alternatives to make them better?