Best Place for a Japanese Tea Garden

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
2400 East Capitol St. SE
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Will professional football ever return to its historic home at RFK? Beats me. While EventsDC has hired prestigious architecture firm OMA to craft plans for the future of the site (with or without the Pigskins), the neighbors sure seem to want anything but a new stadium. From a community meeting about RFK’s redevelopment this past fall came one out-of-the-bento-box idea: a Japanese tea garden. Designed as contemplative escapes with an emphasis on Zen and idealized natural landscapes, nothing would be quite as antithetical to the rough and brusque NFL. Out with the Hogettes, in with the hōjicha.