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Best 15-Year Vision: Georgetown 2028

by UrbanTurf Staff

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Gondolas in Georgetown? Rendering created for UrbanTurf by Capital Pixel.

UrbanTurf usually stays away from publishing rankings or lists…except at the end of the year when we look back at the best that DC’s real estate scene had to offer during the previous 12 months. So, this whole week, we will be looking at not only the best, but the most intriguing and peculiar things that came across our radar over the course of 2013.

As areas like 14th Street, NoMa and the H Street Corridor have rapidly transformed, Georgetown, historically one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods, has lost some cachet. But there are ambitious plans to get some of that appeal back.

In June, UrbanTurf reported on Georgetown 2028, an initiative launched by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) that examined how to improve the neighborhood over the next 15 years. While there are rather standard ideas including attracting “hip” restaurants to the area and creating more public spaces for outdoor events, it is the headline catching plans that make Georgetown 2028 stand out. Those ideas include:

  • Building an aerial gondola to connect Rosslyn and Georgetown.
  • Installing a giant outdoor swimming pool in the C&O Canal stone aqueduct, overlooking the Potomac.
  • Constructing a Metro station, along the proposed separated Blue Line, and/or a streetcar.
  • Installing a pedestrian bridge or water taxi that connects to Roosevelt Island.

Since June, the decibel level of the conversation surrounding these ideas has been gradually growing, but no imagery has emerged for what these ideas could look like.

So, UrbanTurf collaborated with the extremely skillful Lori Steenhoek of Capital Pixel to produce renderings of a gondola connecting Rosslyn and Georgetown and a giant swimming pool looking out over the Potomac.

Check out Capital Pixel’s work below.

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A site near the C&O canal overlooking the Potomac.
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That same site with a swimming pool overlooking the Potomac. Rendering created for UrbanTurf by Capital Pixel.
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Overlooking the Potomac.
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A gondola connecting Rosslyn to Georgetown. Rendering created for UrbanTurf by Capital Pixel.
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A close-up look at the gondolas, in streetcar red.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/best_15-year_neighborhood_plan_georgetown_in_2028/7935

7 Comments

  1. Georgetowner said at 3:38 pm on Tuesday December 17, 2013:

    Incredible images!

    I particularly like the gondolas, but the swimming pool over the river would also be a great addition to the neighborhood. Glad to see the rail at the end of the pool, as well. 

    Now, we just need to see what a Metro station would look like. ☺

  1. William said at 3:46 pm on Tuesday December 17, 2013:

    Agree with Georgetowner. These are great.

    I live in Rosslyn and work on K Street, so I am in full support of a gondola connection. #nevertakingmetroagain

  1. George Towne said at 4:01 pm on Tuesday December 17, 2013:

    The reason 14th St, NoMa and the H Street Corridor rapidly transformed was because they were ghettos where developers could pretty much do as they please.  The rich people in G-town will try to put a stop to anything that they perceive as “lowering their property values”.

  1. Tracy said at 4:07 pm on Tuesday December 17, 2013:

    That placement would be great for a pool since it hasn’t been used for anything else in years and years. There would definitely need to be some protection where it drops off, though!

    Love the imagery, btw. Very cool idea.

  1. Eponymous said at 4:27 pm on Tuesday December 17, 2013:

    Mostly good ideas, but - gondolas? Really? There’s limited demand to get directly between those two points, and those two points only (as opposed to getting from, say, Clarendon to Georgetown), so most people using the gondolas would have to transfer from somewhere else. And the gondolas could only stop in limited places that had the right slope (unless you want to install elevators at stops, which would be REALLY silly), so in most cases it would make more sense to take a bus.

  1. Gato said at 4:56 pm on Tuesday December 17, 2013:

    Can you imagine gondolas operated by WMATA? I mean seriously. That just screams EPIC DISASTER.

  1. kob said at 8:37 pm on Tuesday December 17, 2013:

    Ah, 15 years from now there still won’t a reason to go to Rosslyn.

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