Thursday, July 29, 2010

A new view of 14th and Kenyon/Park

Via DCist and Beyond DC, here's a cool view of the 14th/Park/Kenyon intersection from DDOT's Facebook page, with almost all the construction gear removed. Looks pretty nice!

What do you think?

15 comments:

  1. Looks like a giant ad for Target?

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  2. Bike lanes: thumbs up. Didn't know that was part of the plan.

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  3. Are they going to redo the black pavement so it's all one color? It looks kind of silly right now.

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  4. haha... yes Jon, let's dig up the road again for six months so we can make it all one color!

    seriously, it looks kind of cool from the air. From street level I hadn't realized how all those circles come together.

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  5. Indeed - that is a cool view of the 14th/Park/Kenyon intersection from DDOT's Facebook page, with almost all the construction gear removed, and illegal aliens removed from the fountain area. The city has spent and additional $200 million dollars to tear apart and redesign that intersection, which was originally completed brand new in 2007. Wasteful spending aside, the redesign looked great until the fountain became a 3rd world water park for illegal aliens (and their many kids) from from adjacent blocks. I tried to ignore them, but on most afternoons, the fountain is overwhelmed. Ironically, I have not been able to sell my condo facing the fountain (even at a loss). Hopefully this will change in the winter once the fountains are turned off. With the fountain now their, notice how few if any of the market rate apartments or condos overlooking the fountain have the windows open. A lot of people are unhappy but no one is saying anything public about it. But then again - Columbia Heights is not Clarendon. I can't wait to sell and move, or winter (whichever comes first).

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  6. uh, what? Are you the same guy who posts random illegal alien news articles in the listserve?

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  7. I think its rediculous that they didn't pave the black portions of street between the intersections with asphalt like the intersections. The black pavement won't last nearly as long as the asphalt and will turn into a rutted mess that sucks to bike through.

    I also wonder if the plan originally called for asphalt throughout to unify the look. As it is now, the street looks like a half finished project that ran out of money and or time to complete the project.

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  8. No one is illegal.

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  9. Anonymous 10:01am, you belong in a gated community in Fairfax. You made a dumb move by paying too much for your condo, and now you're blaming innocent people for your own foolishness. Do the right thing, sell your place at a loss, and stop bringing the neighborhood down with your unpleasant presence.

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  10. Um, Aaron, asphalt IS black! They paved the roads with asphalt and the intersections are paved with concrete.

    And it's "ridiculous."

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  11. HA - Anonymous, I do appreciate your thoughts on the 'fountain.' It's more like the public showers than anything else.

    What I don't understand, though, is why on earth did they make Park Rd. a "right turn only" onto 14th St? It would have made MORE sense to just make that whole stretch one-way. So now, in DOT's brilliance, you cannot continue from Park Rd. to Park Rd from 13th to 16th Streets. WTF?????

    I am scared to think about how much that cost - but it took long enough, so I'm sure someone's pockets are lined well.

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  12. Dearest Mr. Anonymous....I sincerely hope you sell your place and leave asap. no one here will miss you. you are a true a-hole.



    Indeed - that is a cool view of the 14th/Park/Kenyon intersection from DDOT's Facebook page, with almost all the construction gear removed, and illegal aliens removed from the fountain area. The city has spent and additional $200 million dollars to tear apart and redesign that intersection, which was originally completed brand new in 2007. Wasteful spending aside, the redesign looked great until the fountain became a 3rd world water park for illegal aliens (and their many kids) from from adjacent blocks. I tried to ignore them, but on most afternoons, the fountain is overwhelmed. Ironically, I have not been able to sell my condo facing the fountain (even at a loss). Hopefully this will change in the winter once the fountains are turned off. With the fountain now their, notice how few if any of the market rate apartments or condos overlooking the fountain have the windows open. A lot of people are unhappy but no one is saying anything public about it. But then again - Columbia Heights is not Clarendon. I can't wait to sell and move, or winter (whichever comes first).

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  13. High Class LatinoAugust 2, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Yo anonymous 10:01. I agree you should GTF out of Columbia Heights. If you're interested in a seller for your condo - I'm looking.

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  14. The circles being incomplete, and the inconsistency of the paving materials under the circles, makes this look like an unfinished project. The original streetscape plans (which were modified a lot over time) included a really cool implementation of the circle patterns radiating out from the Plaza. The poor execution of this concept is just as clear to me from street level as it is from above.

    There is so much that I like about the renovation work that was done, and the Plaza itself - it's a real shame that they couldn't execute this final, potentially cool, and aesthetically important piece of the streetscape design.

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