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Framework Plan
to be Honored

The Downtown Business Improvement District has selected the Monumental Core Framework Plan to receive its 2009 Momentum Award for Partnership. The award is presented annually to people, projects, and organizations that have made Downtown Washington a more vibrant, inviting, and smart place to live and work. For more information about the award or the ceremony, visit the BID website.


Moves Forward
for 10th Street

To help transform 10th Street, SW into a dynamic and sustainable location, as envisioned in the Monumental Core Framework Plan, NCPC has launched a 10th Street, SW Corridor Task Force. First up is a technical study examining the corridor’s current roadway configuration with the goal of improving pedestrian, transit, and auto traffic in the area. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

Strengthening Regional and Federal Collaboration

As home to the federal government and to millions of residents, the National Capital Region has many unique challenges as well as opportunities. Join us on November 12, when NCPC co-hosts a Coalition for Smarter Growth forum to discuss regional planning initiatives that can help make our region more livable and sustainable. The 6:00 p.m. event will feature NCPC Executive Director Marcel Acosta, Washington Council of Governments Executive Director David Robertson, and DC Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning. To RSVP, visit the Coalition for Smarter Growth website

CapitalSpace Draws Large Crowd

More than 80 people braved a cold and rainy night on October 27 to learn about the draft CapitalSpace plan. A joint initiative of NCPC, the National Park Service, and the government of the District of Columbia, CapitalSpace envisions a beautiful, high-quality, and unified park system for our nation’s capital. Comments on the draft are being accepted through December 8, so don’t miss your opportunity to provide feedback on improving Washington’s park system. The draft plan is available at www.capitalspace.gov


Memorial Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Receives Go Ahead

NCPC approved a revised perimeter security plan for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial at a special meeting on October 26. The plan integrates security elements into the memorial’s overall design, and adds a planter with low-lying plants and two American elm trees by the main entrance. Bollards would be located on either side of the planter and at the two side entrances. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed the construction permit during a ceremony on October 29. Memorial sponsors anticipate completion of the project in 2011.

MLK Memorial Statue

Commission Approves Color Scheme for Mall Pylons

Finding your way around the National Mall and East Potomac Park will become easier following NCPC’s approval of the National Park Service’s proposed color scheme for pedestrian guide wayfinding pylons. The Park Service plans to install two different size pylons with a monochromatic (gray) color scheme for the message panels at path and road intersections, in open areas near memorials, and at other locations in need of wayfinding signage.

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