Tour: Pennsylvania Avenue-National Symbol and Local Gem

APA National Capital Area Chapter


Friday, August 26, 2016
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. CDT

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Join the National Capital Planning Commission and partners for a Pennsylvania Avenue walking tour to learn about, and contribute to, the current conversation about changing conditions, challenges, and opportunities that will inform the avenue’s future. Situated between the National Mall and downtown, Pennsylvania Avenue offers a unique opportunity to integrate the ceremonial needs, monumental core, and local, urban vitality of Washington.

Pennsylvania Avenue and its environs were transformed by the 1974 "Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation Plan" as a place to live, work, and visit. Substantially completed in the 1990’s, it was a catalyst to help transform Penn Quarter and downtown Washington into the dynamic urban neighborhood it is today. 

40 years after the plan’s release, the avenue faces several challenges including how it competes with emerging neighborhoods and work centers around the city; limited resources to adequately maintain the avenue; increased security needs in the Federal Triangle; and conflicting programming needs. There is also a need to ensure it functions as a sustainable and complete street, reflecting the best planning and design practices of our 21st century capital.