Map and suggestion box at Eastern Market

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A public display of the map outlining the Eastern Market Metro Park & Plaza area up for improvement, and suggestion drop box are now posted in the North Hall of Eastern Market, at 225 7th St SE.  Please visit the North Hall to make your comments.

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11 thoughts on “Map and suggestion box at Eastern Market

  1. Linda l says:

    Hi I visited the North Hall of the market this afternoon (Saturday, July 27) to deliver some comments for some folks who don’t have internet and I couldn’t find the display. Any idea where it is and when it will be back? Thanks.

  2. Linda l says:

    actually — I should have said I could not find the display or the suggestion box, so I was unable to pick up the cards on which suggestions were to be made or drop anything off.

    • Linda, we have spoken with Barry Margeson who runs the Market for the District, about where the box was over the weekend. The display was taken down and stored for a private event in the market, and was unfortunately not put back up promptly after the event. We have been assured that it is back in place now and that the Market team will work to guarantee it is promptly put back after any private events in the future. Please let us know if you have trouble finding it again!

  3. Chad Canfield says:

    I’d just like to remind folks that are helping with the planning that although there are some great restaurants (and some no so great ones) on Penn and Barracks row, this area is primarily residential. My wife and I have a young child and it doesn’t take long to see why this area is called ‘stroller central’. Please place the needs of residents above the desires of food trucks or bars.

  4. Robert Moore says:

    I live adjacent to the metro plaza on 7th Street and how the redevelopment of the metro plaza is done will have a tremendous impact on the residential neighborhood that the metro plaza is in. My key concerns are maximizing the amount of green space (versus paved or bricked over space) with logical walking connections between the neighborhood and the station itself (i.e. not having to slalom around the landscaping to get from the corner of 7th/D/SC Ave. to the metro entrance.

    I also strongly oppose the presence of food trucks as a feature of the plaza. They bring noise, litter, and pollution, and increase the likelihood of an increased rat population. Also, because they take up parking spaces, food trucks will exacerbate an already difficult parking situation on the neighboring streets as increased traffic seeks a place to leave their cars.

    Restricting truck traffic on 7th Street would benefit the neighborhood as well. Ever since the light was installed at 8th & E Streets, there has been a clear increase in the number of trucks using 7th as an alternate route. They are noisy and often travel fast; in addition, because the street is narrow, they create problems when there is traffic coming the opposite direction (my own car had a fender sheared off by a truck in front of my house).

  5. Robert Moore says:

    If there’s any question about Metro’s attitude toward the plaza as a transportation hub, it now appears to be standard practice for Metro employees to park on the plaza. It was “only” one car today, but a few weeks ago it was about 15.

    Regardless of the merits of competing visions for the plaza, I don’t think any of the residential neighbors or Barrack’s Row/Main Street want to see it used as a Metro employee parking lot.

  6. Margaret Missiaen says:

    No design will be sustainable without funding for long-term maintenance. No one understands the importance of this issue better than I do. I have spent more than 30 years trying to maintain the plaza–picking up trash, watering trees and weeding flower beds. It is not a one person job, and I doubt if I will here to help for the next 30 years.

  7. Marci Hilt says:

    I hope we sincerely explore rerouting Pa Ave – either over, under, or around this park to make it feel like a real park.

    Also, why not provide for small, mini-public art displays around the park? They could be glassed on both sides and be part of the bus shelter backs. People could look at the art, rather than break the glass as they do now.

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  9. Randy Steer says:

    First, you really need more than a 3-week comment period — that’s absurd.

    Second, I agree with Robert Moore about logical (user-defined) pathways. Parks are so often designed by planners who are full of what great artists they are, and their “vision” can’t be polluted by practicality or convenience of the people who will use the park for decades afterwards. Not only should the pathways take into account the dirt foot-paths than the neighborhood has worn into the park already, but there should be a provision to add or modify pathways once some experience is gained with the new design.

    I also agree with Robert about food trucks, but not for most of his reasons. I’m actually a big fan of food trucks in general, and enjoy visiting the 20+ trucks that crowd 7th & Maryland SW on weekdays — but if the goal is to actually make the space in the 700-800 block of Penn more park-like, that will be ruined by having a lot of trucks.

    The existing Metro plaza itself (not all 6 or 8 parcels, jut the one with the Metro) is and needs to be a multi-modal transportation hub — Metrorail, two types of buses, taxis, zipcars, bike parking, bike-share, pedestrians — that means a lot of vehicles around that parcel already, and food trucks on 7th, 8th, or Pennsylvania would just create congestion there. Perhaps a few could be put on the south side (D St.) but that’s it.

    The fact that the area around the Metro entrance needs to serve so many other transportation modes is a primary reason why it doesn’t make sense to try to combine that parcel with others into a contiguous park. The proximity of all the modes is a GOOD thing and helps the modalities work together. If they were scattered at all corners of a Lincoln Park-sized space, people might not even notice all the options available to them, and they certainly wouldn’t find it convenient moving from one to another.

    • @Randy Steer – Just to be clear, the three week timeline for comments is only for the comments to be included for discussion in this upcoming meeting of the Project Task Force so that the neighbors on the task force can look for common themes among the comments submitted to provide some starting framework to the design team. Comments will remain open and neighbors are still highly encouraged to leave feedback throughout the entire duration of the project, and comments received after today will be discussed at future meetings of the Task Force. Barracks Row Main Street is fully committed to keeping this process transparent, open, and as interactive as possible to everyone through every step of the project!

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