Community Meeting in Petworth about open streets project
WABA is excited to announce we received a grant from the DC Office of Planning to hold a creative placemaking project in DC’s Petworth neighborhood. Office of Planning’s initiative, Crossing the Street: Building DC’s Inclusive Future through Creative Placemaking, funded by the Kresge Foundation, will promote community-building in neighborhoods that are experiencing rapid demographic and social change. Together WABA and the Office of Planning, along with our grant partners, Street Plans Collaborative and Equitable Cities, will use this opportunity to bring open streets to DC. What is open streets? It’s when you temporarily close a roadway to vehicle traffic and open it up to the people – so that the neighborhood and the city can walk, run, play, push strollers, bike, hulah hoop, hopscoth, dance, and have fun in the middle of the street. Why are open streets projects awesome? Open streets encourage active transportation and community engagement. By opening up streets to people, this project will:
- Create a safe and welcoming place for residents to come together and enjoy playing and moving through a car-free space
- Serve DC residents and connect neighbors
- Invest in the community
- Draw national attention to DC’s commitment to safe streets and active transportation
- Encourage community members and decision makers to think about public space in a new way
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