How much will the Kennedy Street Federal Streetscape Funds Help Change the Area?
The 1 mile stretch of Kennedy Street NW from Georgia Avenue to North Capitol Street has always been an eye sore and a forgotten about commercial corridor. The Federal government announced on August 7, 2012 that they will designate a million dollars towards upgrading the streetscape on Kennedy St NW. The District will be matching those funds so a total of $2 million will be invested in improving the streetlights, trees/landscaping, and sidewalks. This will be the largest investment in a long time for this area which consists of low-scale housing and a handful of markets and food places.
Is $2 million enough? I don't think so. This area really lacks adequate public transportation. What the area really needs is a trolley line or something to spark investment in the area. While I think the $2 million dollar investment will help, I just don't see it drastically changing things.