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, April 23, 2008

Alley tours reminder

(Am organizing my tours for the weekend, so don't have time to blog...)
Narrow Alley sign, Kenyon Street NW

On the upcoming WalkingTownDC tour days of April 26th and April 27th, I will be leading tours of alleys.

On Saturday it will be of mostly alleys in west Capitol Hill, in southeast and northeast--we will foray across East Capitol into NE for a bit, but the tour is mostly in SE, ranging from 3rd and Independence to Gessford Court SE. It looks like one house will be open for viewing at the end of the tour.

(I'd like to do a tour of alleys around the Potomac Avenue SE Metro Station, but I just don't have enough time. There are some alleys there with active industry, including the DDOT sign shop.)

On Sunday, it will start at the NY Avenue Metro Station and we will travel up and around H St. NE, ending behind the Atlas Theater. On that tour we will visit the inside of one inhabited alley dwellings, and one photography studio, and maybe one other.

We will discuss the "Alley Residents Manifesto" and talk about zoning regulations and alley dwellings.

Now is a good time to raise the issue, because the City is undertaking a massive review of zoning regulations to make sure that zoning rules follow the recently revised Comprehensive Plan.
Archibald Walk alley, Barracks Row History Trail sign
We aren't touring this alley, but this gives you some ideas.

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