Underwhelming Eastern Market plaza eyed for makeover
By Michael Neibauer
May 13, 2013
Washington Business Journal
"A study is underway to reenvision, and ultimately redevelop, the grand but underwhelming public space along Pennsylvania Avenue SE at the Eastern Market Metro Station.
Organized by Barracks Row Main Street and led by architect Amy Weinstein of Esocoff & Associates, the $500,000, congressionally funded design study and transportation management plan will examine how to upgrade, aesthetically and functionally, the 700 and 800 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue, through which thousands of residents and workers pass daily.
And that’s the problem, officials say: People are much more likely to pass through Eastern Market plaza (often jaywalking dangerously across Pennsylvania Avenue's six lanes and wide, grassy median), then they are to stop and linger. Pierre L’Enfant envisioned that area as one of D.C.’s great public reservations, but that vision has never been implemented..."