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Best 15-Year Vision: Georgetown 2028

  • Dec 17th 2013

by UrbanTurf Staff

Best 15-Year Vision: Georgetown 2028: Figure 1
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.

Best 15-Year Vision: Georgetown 2028: Figure 2
A site near the C&O canal overlooking the Potomac.

Best 15-Year Vision: Georgetown 2028: Figure 3
That same site with a swimming pool overlooking the Potomac. Rendering created for UrbanTurf by Capital Pixel.

Best 15-Year Vision: Georgetown 2028: Figure 4
Overlooking the Potomac.

Best 15-Year Vision: Georgetown 2028: Figure 5
A gondola connecting Rosslyn to Georgetown. Rendering created for UrbanTurf by Capital Pixel.

Best 15-Year Vision: Georgetown 2028: Figure 1
A close-up look at the gondolas, in streetcar red.

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

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