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. To preserve community quality of life and increase safety, the District Department of Transportation established the Livability Program to create multimodal transportation plans for neighborhoods.
Through the public outreach process and data analysis, priority locations in the study area were identified for improvements. Conceptual design alternatives were developed in coordination with the community, and were reviewed and revised throughout the study process to reflect public feedback and technical feedback from DDOT.
Nelson\Nygaard developed a framework strategy and layered multimodal network for the Brookland-Edgewood study area, which prioritized pedestrian and bicycle corridors and improved safe crossings across major vehicular streets. The plan meets community-directed goals to enhance and expand multimodal travel options, celebrate place and identity, enliven retail places, and tame vehicular traffic.