The Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative: Vision and Concepts

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ASLA’s RFQs, Opportunities, and Events page provides information on everything from calls for papers to competitions. Below, we highlight a recently submitted series of public meetings. Anyone who would like to share an opportunity may submit information online.

The stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., between the White House and the U.S. Capitol is one of the most recognizable streetscapes. Tourists, runners, festivalgoers, protesters, skateboarders, and D.C. residents alike all know this iconic location well, and given the very many uses and user groups for this iconic urban space, reimagining it for the future is no simple task.

The Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative kicked off in 2015, and just last month, a public comment period opened for three concepts—Urban Capital, Linear Green, and Civic Stage—with different approaches to achieving the initiative’s vision: “to transform Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the U.S. Capitol into America’s stage and a street that prioritizes people over cars with inviting and inclusive public spaces.”

Starting next week, the National Capital Planning Commission is hosting three virtual public meetings for people to learn more and ask questions.

Public Meetings: Pennsylvania Avenue Vision and Concepts

  • Wednesday, April 13, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Eastern)
  • Tuesday, April 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Eastern)
  • Saturday, May 21, 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Eastern)

The same material will be presented at each meeting.

The concepts are not completed designs, but provide an overview of potential options that can be mixed and matched. The comments received will inform future designs. The vision and concepts are available for public review and comment through July 13, 2022.

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For more on transportation projects and community engagement, consider joining ASLA’s Transportation Professional Practice Network (PPN). On May 13, the PPN is hosting a Zoom Coffee Chat, for Transportation PPN members only, on making the return to in-person engagement. The registration link will be shared via email to Transportation PPN members later this month.

For other events and opportunities, explore the RFQs, Opportunities, and Events page. For a comprehensive list of national events of interest to landscape architects, see ASLA’s Conferences for Landscape Architects page

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