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Florida/New York Intersection Public Life Study

Cover page of Florida Avenue and New York Avenue Intersection Public Life Study showing people crossing Florida Avenue

The Florida/New York Intersection Public Life Study was completed to inform a more people-centered redesign of the complicated intersection of Florida Avenue NE, New York Avenue NE, First Street NE, and Eckington Street NE, as part of DDOT's Florida Avenue Project. Analysis and fieldwork for the public life study were completed over the winter of 2020, supported by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Transportation Land Use Connections technical assistance program. 

Over three days in March, 2020, fieldwork documented the behavior of nearly 5,000 people moving through and staying in the intersection. The study also accounts for the experiences and preferences of over 650 people surveyed on site and online. The five findings and 11 recommendations presented in the Florida/New York Intersection Public Life Study can be used by:

  • community stewards for programming public spaces at the intersection;
  • property owners considering adjacent redevelopments; and
  • government agencies implementing future neighborhood investments or reviewing development applications.

Public life studies analyze observed human behavior in shared spaces to inform policy, regulations, and public space design. View this storymap to learn how the Office of Planning is working toward a vibrant public life across DC to promote health, safety, civic engagement, economic opportunity, and connected communities.

For more information about the Florida/New York Intersection Public Life Study, contact Erkin Ozberk, Senior Neighborhood Planner at [email protected].