DDOT Policy Planning and Sustainability Administration – Washington, DC

DC Mid City East Livability Study

To make some areas in Washington, DC more livable, there was an effort to restore local community streets as human places – where traffic volumes are low and slow, where people can move about relatively free from threat, and where it feels like a neighborhood. This goal is often challenged by intrusions of cut-through traffic and difficulty connecting neighborhoods and places across major arterials.

Nelson\Nygaard developed a framework strategy to plan and design a layered network to link a multi-neighborhood area with prioritized pedestrian and bicycle corridors and improved safe crossings across major vehicular streets. The goal was to enhance and expand multimodal travel options, celebrate place and identity, enliven retail places, and tame vehicular traffic to maintain a high quality of life for residents of all ages and abilities.

Following a visioning process with workshops and outreach, Nelson\Nygaard developed a detailed street typology that linked street design not only to its transportation function but also to the adjacent land uses and activities the street was to support and enable. A comprehensive low impact development framework was laid into the street plan to provide high performance landscapes and materials to mitigate stormwater runoff and improve water quality.