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DC Office of Planning Launches Podcast to Spotlight Neighborhood History from the Voices of Residents

Thursday, April 4, 2024
District Crossroads Available Wherever You Get Your Podcasts

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The DC Office of Planning (OP) launched “District Crossroads,” a new podcast to spotlight neighborhood history told through compelling stories from residents. The first two episodes focus on North Capitol Crossroads, a 2.5 mile stretch of North Capitol Street. The District Crossroads podcast is hosted by Bridget Todd of City Cast DC. The podcast was produced as part of a neighborhood planning effort the city is undertaking to envision a transformational future for the area surrounding the intersection of North Capitol and Irving Streets.

“We’re excited to expand the ways that the Office of Planning can engage with residents and document the unique history of the District’s diverse neighborhoods,” said Anita Cozart, Director of OP. “With the District Crossroads podcast, we examine the past and the present of the North Capitol Crossroads community while looking toward their future.”

The North Capitol Crossroads project is centered around Catholic and Trinity universities, the Irving Street NW hospital complex, the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and McMillan Reservoir. It aims to create a vision for more interconnected neighborhoods anchored by places to live, work, and heal, and considers known changes coming to the area, such as the McMillan Community Center opening this summer. Transformational opportunities identified in the vision will elevate the area’s cultural heritage—an initiative that began with the collection of oral histories featured in the podcast. A new project website contains a StoryMap that documents the area’s history, including how the neighborhoods developed and changed over time.

The North Capitol Crossroads Vision will be released in the summer with opportunities for public input.

Listen to the two District Crossroads episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or YouTube Music. Learn more about the North Capitol Crossroads projects at