Category Archives: Looper’s World

The place where turn my thoughts and ideas into 3D renderings.

NY Avenue Gateway Transit Alternatives

Transit Alternatives
Potential transit alternatives. Ideas are my own and do not reflect any decisions by the D.C. Government or WMATA.

2016 will be a focus on transit alternatives for the NY Ave corridor.  The goal is to create a much deserved livable place in  industrial space for the residents of the community by prioritizing access to retail, points of interests, and smart transit growth through new developments. It’s time to update our antiquated bus network to  ensure routes aren’t being discontinued for low ridership when the routes are really no longer aligned with the community’s needs.   Lets start the discussion!  More information to come.

Livable Place in Industrial Space

Phot courtesty of Google

Reimagining the Gateway To The City

Join me this Saturday in a discussion about enhancing the livability of neighborhoods in industrial areas.  This is part of “Eagle Fest” hosted by the Greater New York Ave. Group (GNYAGG).   My presentation topics  will include:

1. Creating cycle-centric hospitality by enhancing the use of the  Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

2. Realizing the true potential of the Anacostia River along route 50. New York Ave.

3. Overview of the Gateway Capitol Concept (Eco Capitol, Innovation Capitol & Arts Capitol)

4. Connecting the Gateway – Multi-modal options for optimal livability and accessibility.

The  presentation content is only an exercise in imagining the potential of the NY Avenue Gateway but is sure to be exciting.

For more information on Eagle Fest – Click the Link Below!

Eagle Fest Info

Traffic Options From The Shops

bridge Best Option 2

Our ANC Commissioner stated that there would be a meeting two weeks after the ANC Meeting to address traffic. I have not heard anything on that meeting (not surprised) so I will step up and get this information to the proper individuals at DDOT.
The map above represents potential options for diverting Route 50 traffic directly back to that interstate preventing congestion of neighborhood streets:

The RED represents a bridge that would cross over the South Dakota Avenue exit and ramp onto either 50 East or 50 West.

The YELLOW represents an exit from market street back to the South Dakota Ave. Exit with access back to 50 West or 50 East via V Street ( with an obvious street redesign) (Thanks to a neighbor for that idea)

The GREEN represents drivers turning left from Market Street onto Fort Lincoln Drive. Turning the Fort Lincoln Drive exit to a 2-direction street and having cars get back on to South Dakota Ave. and connect with the Yellow option.

These are just ideas, what are your thoughts?

 

“Housing Custers”, Time to change the name!

Fort  Lincoln Master plan

The term “Housing Clusters”, often used to identify the different residential subivisions within Fort Lincoln, tend to sound like the old government housing projects from the past.  Growing up in DC Government Housing Projects in the early 90’s, people would always refer to neighborhoods as “Housing”.  When referring to all of the residences of Fort Lincoln, I don’t think its right to categorize the entire neighborhood as housing clusters; the main reason being that we actually live in residences hence the name residents.  I think we can all agree that as a community, we have transcended the term “housing cluster”.  If anyone decides to get involved on the FCLA Board of Directors, removing the term “housing clusters” and replacing it with ” The Residential Sub-Communities Of Fort Lincoln” sounds like an awesome first order of business!

New District Gateway Renderings ( By RL3)

Facing West on South Dakota Avenue
Renderings by Robert Looper III – http://www.gatewaytothecitydc.com
gateway sd 2 pic
Renderings by Robert Looper III – http://www.gatewaytothecitydc.com

 

Against my better judgment, and due to the lack of development news, I have decided to share some of the renderings I am working on. My “sim city” of sorts depicts my vision for Fort Lincoln and the Washington Gateway as a true gateway (which it is) to the city.  The renderings above depict a mixed used retail, hospitality, and large meeting space development as an anchor to a revitalized Industrial/Office park (Industrial/Office park not shown).  It also features light rail with a dedicated parking garage which would serve portions of South Dakota and New York Avenues to help relieve traffic. In addition, the light rail will serve as a direct connection to the city center for visitors who have hotel accommodations at the District Gateway as well as access to other developments along the NY Ave Corridor. Let me know what your thoughts are?

Disclaimer: Please be advise that these renderings/ideas are just my hobby and are for fun. The renderings and ideas shown do not represent the intent of the current or future land owners, city officials, developers, architects, neither private nor public. I am also not an employee of any of the aforementioned entities.