Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Highest and best use of Federal Land?

Highest and best use of federal land -- parking lots

In February, Steve Morris wrote a letter to the editor of the Post, "In the District, Lots of Wasted Opportunity," about the underutilization of prime land around Congressional buildings for parking lots. I've been meaning to take photos for some time. A few weekends ago they were repainting the lines of the lot by the Hart and Dirksen buildings.

Plus, free parking for Congress workers encourages pro-automobility behaviors. I know of people who live a few blocks from the Capitol who drive because they have free parking...


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