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Graphic: Capitol Trails Coalition

A “Bike Beltway” could someday become reality for the DC area. Transportation planners are currently working on a visionary plan to construct not only a large biking loop but also a regional bike trail network that connects up with the surrounding suburbs.

The 60-mile loop alone encircles the entire region, taking cyclists through Maryland, Virginia and DC. The plan involves using interconnected trails running from the Arlington County-DC border down to Alexandria, and then continuing on into the Maryland suburbs. While some trails already exist, the plan involves filling in the gaps, and upgrading sections of some of the existing trails along the way.

Its part of a much larger plan, however, aimed at

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11th street bridge parkGraphic: OLA and Olin Studios

DC has some big plans for its visionary new 11th Street Bridge Park. Modeled after such locations as New York’s High Line, the park will eventually transform an old Anacostia River crossing into DC’s first elevated public park.

Scheduled to open in 2023, the park plans to link up the Capitol Riverfront with Anacostia, together sharing in cultural space and green space, high above the river. While bringing in such features as an amphitheater and an environmental center, the park aims to cover about three-acres with plazas, performances and public art.

The grand plan, however, involves much more than just an eventual park constructed in the area. Supporters hope that it will also someday serve as more of a way to

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Lamont Plaza - Mount Pleasant

When it comes to available property in DC, it may take some thinking outside the box, or perhaps outside the triangle. The District has a good supply of peculiar-shaped lots out there, and developers are starting to take notice.

It’s all due to development that began hundreds of years ago. Way back in the late 1700s and early 1800s, DC had a northern boundary, but it didn’t hold development back. When new development began to spread outside the original city limits, the city’s street grid followed. That contributed to the problem.

Numbered streets ran north/south and named streets ran east/west in the city. State-named avenues, meanwhile, ran at a diagonal. Every once and awhile, though, the city street grid ran

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There’s now more proof that DC’s population is on the rise. The area just surpassed a major milestone, one it hasn’t seen in decades.

As of July 2018, DC’s population stood at more than 702,000 people. That’s a number the District hasn’t seen since the mid 1970s. While the early to mid 1940s counted a record 900,000 residents, the population of the area was on the decline for years.

In fact, it wasn’t until the 2000s that DC started turning those numbers around. Area leaders credit recent investment made in the District. They say it’s only proven that DC is a great place for families, for businesses, and simply a great overall place for anyone to live.

While decades ago immigrants only made up a small percentage of the local population, they

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georgetown-rosslyn gondolaGraphic: ZGF Architects/Georgetown BID

Supporters of bringing a gondola to the DC area are once again bringing up the plan, hoping to someday make it reality. Some area business leaders and those with political ties believe its still a good idea, years after the plan first came to public light.

Initiated five years ago as part of its 15-year strategic plan, the Georgetown Business Improvement District proposed the gondola to connect Georgetown to Rosslyn. Georgetown doesn’t have a Metro, and proponents believe a gondola could not only be built faster, but with a much smaller price tag than other transportation solutions.

Just two years ago, a study took a closer look at the plan, maintaining the gondola was a feasible proposal. Stretching across

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trinidad - washington dc

1903 Trinidad Map

It’s now one of Washington’s DC’s hottest areas to live, filled with well maintained Victorians and Craftsman-style row homes. The vibrant Trinidad neighborhood includes some homes that have been recently renovated, with others currently in the middle of new updates.

That wasn’t the case just a few years ago, though. The neighborhood of Trinidad that we know today was at the time in need of updates. Generations old, many of the historic homes of the area desperately needed a facelift, as did the rest of the neighborhood.

Originally named Trinidad by a former landowner who spent time on the Caribbean island, the area we now know as the Trinidad neighborhood started as a country estate. Later deeded to a university, the

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capitol riverfront - washington dc

As DC’s fastest growing neighborhood, there’s plenty to do, see and explore at the Capitol Riverfront. Set right alongside the Anacostia River, the area is filled with restaurants, entertainment options and opportunities to get out on the water.

A rebranding of the old Navy Yard, the reimagined area is quickly growing in interest and in popularity in the DC area. While the former Navy shipyard still plays an important role for the US Navy and in history, it now includes much, much more.

You’ll still find the National Museum of the US Navy here, but the area once widely known as Navy Yard has grown into its own. The Capitol Riverfront is now home to the Washington Nationals, and quickly attracting more and more businesses to its office space.

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the westchester - 3900 & 4000 cathedral ave nw dc

Elegantly perched high atop one of the city’s highest points, The Westchester presents a grand lifestyle. This historic DC cooperative was originally constructed in the early 1930s. The former home of US congressmen, judges and senators, the property is now part of DC’s Best Addresses.

Originally planned for eight buildings, only five buildings went up. Never the less this still made it Washington’s largest luxury apartment house of its time. Now decades later, more than 500 apartments grace the five buildings of this fully owned cooperative complex.

Elegant residential options here range from studios to four-bedroom units. Some of the graciously designed apartments include such grand features as 12-foot ceilings and sunken living rooms.

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Now one of DC’s most vibrant areas, U Street also holds a lot of history. U Street and its surrounding neighborhood have had a lot of ups and downs over the years and decades, but these days its future is definitely looking bright once again.

First developed around the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Victorian-style architecture of the neighborhood quickly grew with the demand for more housing. Developers put down streetcar tracks as more and more homes and businesses went up.

Soon adopting the nickname of “Black Broadway”, U Street served an important role in the emerging African American entertainment community. Home at the time to some of the city’s most notable African American-owned businesses, you’ll also find some notable names still

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the cathedral avenue co-op - 4101 cathedral ave nw dc

With a prime address in Cathedral Heights, the Cathedral Avenue Cooperative offers up a mix of apartment homes just a short walk from everything. Not far from Washington Cathedral or American University, the co-op sits in a quiet area, yet remains close to the many offerings of the surrounding city.

Found just off Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues, the property is part of Northwest DC, but it’s also a desirable distance away from many other neighborhoods in the DC area, from downtown to Georgetown and Friendship Heights. It’s also an easy walk from just about everything, from grocery stores and restaurants to local shops.

One of James Goode’s Best Addresses in Washington, The Cathedral building first opened in the early 1960s, later converted

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