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Old Posted Sep 1, 2007, 9:34 AM
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Envisioning City Life Along the Rivers
Developers Pour Billions Into Reviving Business and Cultural Attractions by the Potomac and Anacostia

By Anita Huslin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 20, 2007; Page D01

In the hottest days of summer, Paris becomes the Riviera, when it transforms two miles of the Seine into a beach with cabana boys by day and concerts at night. Every July, Venetians crowd the canals on boats and gondolas to celebrate the marriage of the city to the sea. For a month every fall, the Baltic archipelago city of Stockholm sets a waterfront stage for an international jazz festival.

And in Washington, perhaps the world capital of festivals and celebrations, one of the more heralded annual events that focuses a spotlight directly on its waterfronts is . . . a cleanup project. Earlier this year, the Capital River Relief project plucked 50 tons of garbage from the Anacostia and Potomac rivers.

While hardly glamorous, the decades-long effort to restore Washington's waterways has cleared the way for bigger changes. With few large undeveloped tracts in the Washington region's urban core, the banks of the Potomac and Anacostia have suddenly become hot property.

More than $2 billion in revitalization projects are under construction in D.C. neighborhoods along the rivers, and another $10 billion worth of developments are in the pipeline. Downstream, a $2 billion mini-city is rising along the shores of the Potomac in Prince George's County. And all of this activity is prompting the city of Alexandria, across the river, to begin plotting its own waterfront renaissance.

Nearly 2 1/2 square miles of land are under redevelopment along the Southeast and Southwest shorelines of the District, an area the size of Takoma Park. On the Southwest waterfront, parking lots and concrete walls are slated to make way for condos, restaurants and shops, and 13 acres will be dedicated to a tree-lined esplanade, public piers and parks. On the Southeast side, where a grand staircase is being built from the new Nationals stadium to the edge of the Anacostia River, developers hope to take a page from such successful waterfront revitalizations as Baltimore's Fells Point, San Antonio's River Walk and Paris's Plage in transforming nearly 6 acres into homes, stores and offices. A 42-acre site formerly known as the Southeast Federal Center will be transformed into nearly 3,000 residential units, stores and restaurants, office space, and a riverfront park.

In addition, 22 miles of new walkways are planned to link the areas along the shoreline. And if planners have their way, more park space will be opened up for such uses as kayaking and boating.


Flash Presentation on waterfront redevelopment in SE/SW and the National Harbor:

DC is looking up...

anyone know how to take images from flash and post them here?

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