Best Massive Construction Project
I-395 bounded by 2nd, 3rd, and E streets NW and Massachusetts Avenue NW
There is no shortage of transformational construction projects underway (The Wharf, on H Street NE, in Navy Yard), and more are forthcoming (possibly McMillan, St. Elizabeths, D.C. United’s stadium) that will usher in considerable changes in these areas. But unlike the others, Capitol Crossing, the massive and ambitious project decking over 395, literally builds more city. Soon gone will be the gash left by a mid-century urban highway experiment, and in its place, out of thin air (or thin air rights?) will emerge seven acres of new urban land, to be covered by 2.2 million square feet of mixed-use development (with an Eataly!) and a reconnected street grid. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime do-over to cover up the planning mistakes of the past.