Hope for Smart Growth in Cleveland Park and Ward 3

The sixty-page Framework Element Amendment of DC Comprehensive Plan has been submitted by the Mayor to the Council for consideration.  As the first chapter of the city’s legal planning document, it not only sets the stage for the policies, actions and maps that make up the body of the document, it also provides definitions and … More Hope for Smart Growth in Cleveland Park and Ward 3


The self-driving bus, Olli, gets coverage on CNN.  Cleveland Park is a great use case for intra-neighborhood transit, given its topography.  What if a simple app allowed you to hail Olli to pick you and your lamp or vacuum cleaner up and deliver you to the store?

Wardman Park an example of Obama’s knock on zoning

This past Thursday, facing heated resistance from a group of locals who were backed by the local ANC3C, developer JBG walked away from an ambitious plan to transform Woodley Park from dense hotel-dominant neighborhood to one where dense residential housing would be built adjacent to the Metro.  Instead of facing the zoning headache, the developer is … More Wardman Park an example of Obama’s knock on zoning

Connecticut Ave Drainage & Streetscape

This past Thursday, September 15,  DDOT hosted a meeting at the Library about their plans to: Correct the poor drainage around the CP Metro entrance Reconfigure of the Quebec/Porter/Connecticut/Exxon intersection Reconfigure/simplify the Ordway/Connecticut/Service Lane intersection to make it more pedestrian friendly Provide permeable paving and storm water capture treatments along the streetscape Enhance the look … More Connecticut Ave Drainage & Streetscape

Sam’s Park & Shop: The Path Not Taken

In the Cleveland Park Historical Society Archives downtown, I found an interesting article from The Uptown Citizen (1/28/88) showing a rendering of the proposed development that was to replace the then-dilapidated Sam’s Park & Shop.  It also included text describing the project from the developer.  Here is what was being proposed: “Provisions for proposed project … More Sam’s Park & Shop: The Path Not Taken