Posts Tagged ‘ Washington ’

Celebrating Black History in the Nations Capital

DC- Slavery to Emancipation- Version VI

Lighting a dragon: a bridge to prosperity!

A big hand has to go out to  Philips! The port of Da Nang has grown in prosperity since Philips LEDs began lighting up the Dragon Bridge. See how the lives of fisherman Le Van Khe and his daughter Le Thi Vinh are improving.

A beautiful and exciting design for a destination in an urban city. The design and installation attracts both tourist and locals alike, as well as, boosting the local economy and influencing unique entrepreneur opportunities. An amazing an wonderful story. Hopefully, the proposed 11th Street Bridge Park project can be as dynamic and rewarding for the local community in Washington, DC.!

North Capitol Firehouse Update – Washington Firehouse Restaurant Coming this Summer!?!?

When hunting and fishing were recently banned at the North Capitol Firehouse, I knew we were in for some good news… Thanks to all who sent emails about the new facebook page for the Washington Firehouse Restaurant:

“A new restaurant anticipated opening in 2013, The Washington Firehouse, Old Engine Company 12 still serves the neighborhood today, but in a slightly different capacity, with its American Classic menu.”

via PoPville » North Capitol Firehouse Update – Washington Firehouse Restaurant Coming this Summer!?!?.

The Silver Line Lives! (On Metro’s New Map, At Least): DCist

Metro’s Silver Line will be operational at some point this year, and the transit agency is preparing by readying a new system map that includes line’s route.

A version of the map posted by Metro for public comments included thinner rail lines, station dots with “whiskers,” the removal of cross streets on station names, abbreviated station names, and a new legend. The full map is below.

Interestingly, Tysons Corner will be listed by its “old” name. Planners recently decided to drop the “corner” and just make the area Tysons, but it looks like the corner will live on on the new Metro map.

Want to know more about how the Silver Line will actually run? Greater Greater Washington has all the details.

via The Silver Line Lives! (On Metro’s New Map, At Least): DCist.

dasHAUS last day in DC!

TheWashCycle: 11th Street Recreation Bridge

One of the illustrations of the 11th Street Bridge by Ed Estes, has received a lot of attention and is being blogged on several popular sites in Washington, DC. Ed’s conceptual designs and illustrations are part of the 11th Street Recreation Bridge Potential Study published by the DC Office of Planning.

I called it! Sort of. Back in 2009 when DDOT held a presser to start work on the 11th Street Bridge I wrote When I asked about the upstream span and the possibility of repurposing it, I was told that DDOT had not ruled that out yet. That would be a great idea. DC would save the cost of demolition and could put that towards maintenance – which would be less without car traffic. Then they could give it the High Line treatment, creating a space with plantings, art etc.. And cyclists could use that part too.

via TheWashCycle: 11th Street Recreation Bridge.

Southwest…The Little Quadrant That Could: Wharf PUD Presentation Recap

This evening’s monthly SWNA meeting was a presentation of the Stage Two PUD for phase I of development at the Southwest Waterfront called The Wharf by the Hoffman-Madison Waterfront team. The presentation was held in the Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage. At the presentation, the developers and master planner gave a description of what is planned for parcels 2, 3, 4, 11, and public places including District Pier, Transit Pier, Waterfront Park, and 7th Street Park. The Stage Two PUD application was submitted to the Zoning Commission on February 3rd. A description of what’s planned for the parcels can be found here. via Southwest…The Little Quadrant That Could: Wharf PUD Presentation Recap.

Unreal Underground: the World’s 10 Coolest Subway Systems

In urban life, the subway is synonymous with the spirit of the city. It frees the city dweller from the automobile, it moves from point to point with speed while capturing the curiosity of its passenger. From Moscow to Montreal, Paris to Pyongyang, these 10 transit systems house truly stunning subway stations across all aspects of design. So grab your transit card and head underground– get ready to explore the 10 coolest subway systems in the modern world.

The Washington Metro

We contend that the Washington Metro is the most iconic and visually progressive subway system in the United States. First built in 1976, this 100-mile network of tunnels includes 28 stations, most of which are the work of architect Harry Weese. These massive, concrete caverns feature an egg carton texture that stretches from one side to the other in a split cylinder design. The walls are out of reach, there are no thick pillars breaking up the view and the whole expanse is awash in indirect light. These features are as much as aspect of design as they are safety, as the Washington Metro subway stations provide few if any dark crannies in which crime can hide. First time riders will also be amazed at the sheer depth of these Metro stations. Some stations reach down 200 feet below the surface, providing for one heck of a long, slow ride into the caverns below. [images © thecoolist.com]

via Unreal Underground: the World’s 10 Coolest Subway Systems.