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.
A site near the C&O canal overlooking the Potomac.
That same site with a swimming pool overlooking the Potomac. Rendering created for UrbanTurf by Capital Pixel.
Overlooking the Potomac.
A gondola connecting Rosslyn to Georgetown. Rendering created for UrbanTurf by Capital Pixel.
A close-up look at the gondolas, in streetcar red.
Other entries in UrbanTurf’s Best of 2013:
- Best Rumor Heard in 2013: Eataly to Uline
- Best Signs of DC’s Hot Housing Market: Above Asking and Multiple Bids
- Best Alternative to a Studio: DC’s One-Room House
- Best Way to Live and Learn: Buy the Pierce School Lofts
- Best Design of The Year: Montgomery County’s Tallest Residences
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/best_15-year_neighborhood_plan_georgetown_in_2028/7935
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