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The DOWNTOWN EAST Re-Urbanization Strategy

Located on the iconic doorstep of Union Station and the crossroads of our Downtown, Mount Vernon Triangle, and NoMA neighborhoods, Downtown East represents a bustling gateway to our city’s geographic heart.

Over the past few decades, much of our center city area has witnessed a resurgence of investment and opportunity, while Downtown East near the I-395 freeway has largely lagged. Now, however, the area is poised to bloom, with renewed interest, a growing population, large-scale development (complete or under construction), and transformative public space projects—like the New Jersey/New York Avenue Streetscape project—which attempts to heal physical barriers and is expected to provide safe pedestrian connections and a vibrant place for all our residents and visitors to enjoy.

Project Recommendations fall under one of three categories:

  • Making Physical Connections
  • Enhancing Neighborhood Vitality
  • Shaping Places for People

With close proximity to major institutions such as the US Capitol and Union Station, and with ongoing significant re-investment in the area, this strategy document aims to guide the development and preservation of a livable urban neighborhood that serves the needs of its community, both current and incoming. For additional information, please contact Timothy Maher, urban designer and project manager at [email protected]