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Adams Morgan Vision Framework

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Adams Morgan Vision Framework

Project Description

The Office of Planning (OP) initiated a planning process in October 2014 with Adams Morgan for developing a vision framework.  This planning initiative provided opportunities for residents, local businesses, institutions, and property owners to work to articulate a vision for the future of Adams Morgan. The Adams Morgan Vision Framework was developed through a strategic community-based process that built on previous planning studies to define a vision, goals, and action items into a single easily-understood framework for stakeholders and the community to use in the coming years.  The initiative was also informed by significant work that has been completed by the community through “Envision Adams Morgan”, a study that came about in response to the rapid changes associated with proposed commercial and residential development projects in the neighborhood.

Study Area

The Adams Morgan Vision Framework Study Area is bounded by 16th Street at Florida Avenue, NW north to Harvard Street; Columbia Road, NW, and west to Connecticut Avenue, NW; Rock Creek Park.  The neighborhood is defined by four distinct retail clusters: Columbia Road – West, Columbia Road – East, 18th Street and Florida Avenue, NW.  The Columbia Road – West cluster is distinguished by a notable collection of restaurants, and the East cluster has long been a hub of Latino culture and commerce.  The 18th Street cluster consists of an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and businesses.  The Florida Avenue cluster presents another gathering point for the neighborhood with a mix of restaurants. 

Project Goals and Objectives

The Adams Morgan Vision Framework is an actionable roadmap to improve quality of life for the community and foster a more vibrant public realm.  The project team conducted an existing conditions analysis of the neighborhood and used its results to produce an Adams Morgan Profile. The “Profile” established a baseline about the community’s demographics, public realm, market position and existing neighborhood initiatives.  A half-day, community workshop was held in February 2015.  At the workshop, community members used the “Profile” to articulate the basis for the Vision Framework through a facilitated process.  After the workshop the OP Project Team used the workshop’s conclusions to produce a draft Vision Framework document.  This document was reviewed by the project’s stakeholders at a community open house in September 2015.

For a high resolution version of the Adams Morgan Vision Framework click here: Adams Morgan Vision Framework

For More Information Contact:

Joshua Silver
Ward 1 Community Planner | DC Office of Planning
1100 4th Street SW, Suite 650, Washington DC 20024
p: (202) 442-8816 | e: joshua.silver@dc.gov