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.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

WalkingTown & BikingTown DC

Aerial view, U.S. Capitol Grounds. Image: Architect of the Capitol.

I have been remiss in not mentioning that this weekend and next weekend, CulturalTourismDC is once again holding WalkingTownDC and BikingTownDC, walking and biking tours of various places across the city.

Many of the tours require reservations.

There are still many interesting tours today, and next weekend, plus next week there will be lunchtime and evening "happy hour" tours.

Interesting topics include the Swampoodle neighborhood that is now "NoMA" (although the registration list is full), tours of the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, which were designed by Olmsted and Vaux, the Park View neighborhood adjacent to the Petworth Metro Station, the Rock Creek Cemetery), Georgetown, previews of upcoming "heritage trails," a fitness oriented walk of some of the city's circles and squares, the art collection at the Convention Center, a bilingual tour of some of the Hispanic related sites in the city, and one focused on sites related to the "temperance" movement.

BikingTown tours include the monuments, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail led by Councilmember Tommy Wells, the National Arboretum, a Coffee House "Bar" Crawl, and the Civil War Defenses of the city ("Fort Circle Parks").

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