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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rhode Island Ave Development Walking Tour

A walking tour showcasing the development coming to the Rhode Island Metro Station is being offered by the Coalition for Smarter Growth on May 1st. You will need to go to their website to RSVP if you want to attend.

This was taken from their website:

Dear Smart Growth Supporters,

It's time to kick off a new season of smart growth events, starting with a walking tour next weekend. If you haven't checked out the area around the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station lately, you'll want to join us to discover all the great developments being made there.

Check Out Rhode Island Avenue With The Experts! Learn about the plans to turn the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station parking lot into a vibrant, walkable community. Representatives from DDOT and Urban Atlantic will be there to answer all your questions.

Walking Tour: Transformation of the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station Area
Saturday, May 1, 2010 12 noon - 2:00 pm RSVP Required
$10 suggested donation* Meet at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station entrance

About Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station

In 1976, Rhode Island Avenue Metro station was at the end of the Red Line. A lot has changed since then, but much of the land use around the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station is still a hodge-podge of industrial and automobile-oriented uses crisscrossed by busy railroad tracks, a commuter arterial road and hilly topography.

This tour will look at plans to transform Rhode Island Avenue Metro station parking lot into a pedestrian-friendly place of shops and housing. We'll also hear from the D.C. Department of Transportation about how they are building a pedestrian bridge to overcome barriers to reaching the transit station from the west side and create a direct connection to the Metropolitan Branch Trail. From the Metro station, we'll cross over Rhode Island Avenue to walk the brand new Metropolitan Branch Trail (which should be open by May 1), and discuss other efforts to improve walking along the corridor.

Hosting us on our walk will be the site developer, Urban Atlantic's Caroline Kenney, and D.C. Department of Transportation planner Heather Deutsch.

Learn more about the trail and new pedestrian connection to the Metro station here.

*$10 Suggested Donation
Please consider making a $10 donation to help us cover the costs of this tour. Your donation will also help us continue to provide walking tours like this one. We'll accept cash or check donations at the event, or you can donate online.

We hope to see you there!

Laura DeSantis
Coalition for Smarter Growth

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