How much will the Kennedy Street Federal Streetscape Funds Help Change the Area?

A blog about the recent allocation of funding to revitalize Kennedy St NW.

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How much will the Kennedy Street Federal Streetscape Funds Help Change the Area?

Posted by Ben Puchalski on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 1:14pm.

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. 

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