Downtown Revitalization: Washington, DC

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Is it too late for a downtown Jacksonville turnaround? Many were asking the question about this city's downtown 20 years ago. Today, Metro Jacksonville looks at the rapid revitalization of Downtown Washington, D.C.


Being a walkable city, Washington, D.C. provides cities like Jacksonville with a variety of examples of how to engage pedestrians at street level.  Everything from building signage, food trucks, shade trees and sidewalk seating to the architectural diversity of the surrounding buildings and unsynchronized traffic signals can work together to stimulate a vibrant pedestrian scaled setting.

Downtown Washington, D.C. is the area of the city that extends roughly five to six blocks west, northwest, north, northeast, and east of the White House.  In general, it is bounded by 4th Street NW, Constitution Avenue, 22nd Street NW and P Street NW.

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