Posts by Eric Fidler

Eric Fidler has lived in DC and suburban Maryland his entire life. He likes long walks along the Potomac and considers the L’Enfant Plan an elegant work of art. He also blogs at Left for LeDroit, LeDroit Park’s (only) blog of record.

  • Breakfast links: Now serving crepes

    Metro Station Map Makeover; Metro Center misnomer; The Smart Money’s on Smart Growth; The Footloose Synagogue; Bike-Share Your Way to Global Tyranny; VRE Slowing; Bus Stops Become Parking in NY; Connecting the Anacostia Tributary Trails; Street Crêpes Easier in Arlington.  Keep reading…

  • What should DC do with Walter Reed?

    The District government has received many proposals from government agencies and non-profits for redeveloping 62.5 acres of the 113-acre Walter Reed campus in northern DC. In 2005, the Pentagon decided to relocate the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the campus of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.  Last year, the State Department selected 18 acres on the west…  Keep reading…

  • Barnes Dance debuts

    At 10 am today, DDOT’s new Barnes Dance at 7th and H Streets NW in Chinatown went live.  Unlike a traditional Barnes Dance, this configuration allows pedestrians to cross during the Barnes Dance (all-pedestrian) cycle and during each street’s green cycle.  Keep reading…

  • The only thing we have to fear is a summit at the Convention Center

    On Monday, April 12 and Tuesday April 13, fifty heads of state will convene at the Convention Center for the Nuclear Security Summit hosted by the State Department.  The Secret Service will cordon off numerous streets around the Convention Center, creating significant traffic jams, forcing the rerouting of numerous bus lines and subjecting residents of the adjacent…  Keep reading…

  • Shake-up at WMATA brings bloggers to key posts

    This article was posted as an April Fool’s joke. Though Metro General Manager John Catoe will depart the agency tomorrow, the ninety-week notice he gave the public — a timeline carefully outlined by the WMATA Compact — caused other top officials to leave early.  To fill the staffing gap, WMATA has turned to local bloggers to fill top positions, as they…  Keep reading…

  • LeDroit “country house” could become 14 homes

    A 19th-century country house at 1922 Third Street NW is one of the LeDroit Park’s gems. It is about to receive some much needed attention. At Thursday’s ANC1B meeting, Community Three Development presented this concept to renovate the main house, to renovate the carriage house, and to build a new townhouse at the southern edge of the property. The developer…  Keep reading…

  • Put a lid on Connecticut Avenue

    Between Dupont Circle and Q Street, a segment of the Connecticut Avenue underpass is exposed to the sky, needlessly monopolizing space from the block’s active street scene. DC should cover that section to reclaim the space for human use. In 1950, with great fanfare, the District opened the vehicular underpass, allowing Connecticut Avenue to dive under Dupont Circle.  Keep reading…

  • Get the Florida out of the Rhode Island Avenue streetcar

    DDOT should consider one modification to its proposed streetcar system: follow Rhode Island Avenue all the way to downtown. The current plan includes a streetcar all the way down Rhode Island Avenue from Prince George’s County to Florida Avenue (at the edge of LeDroit Park), at which point it would follow Florida Avenue northwest to U Street, then down 14th to K Street.  Keep reading…

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