Harriet Tregoning: Planning DC's Future

Harriet Tregoning: Planning DC's Future

What will the District look and feel like in ten or twenty years? What is the ideal mix of businesses and residential property?

The District is in the midst of transformation: new mixed-use projects are popping up along dormant corridors; bike lanes and light rail are creating new transportation options; big-box store projects are promising new shopping options to many low-income neighborhoods. But these new developments also tend to stir up old animosities among neighborhood activists and interest groups. We talk with Harriet Tregoning, Director of the DC Office of Planning.

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Harriet Tregoning

Director, D.C. Office of Planning

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The Director of D.C.'s Office of Planning Harriet Tregoning discusses why the city needs more retail options. She cites loss of revenue because of "leakage" -- District residents spending money outside city lines. Tregoning also discusses the imminent arrival of new big-box developments, including Wal-Mart, and the likely effects, positive and negative:

Harriet Tregoning discusses how design and architecture plans are reviewed in the District, and what zoning codes say about "pop up" and "tear down" structures. She also talks about whether "conservation districts" might be an alternative to "historic district" designation:

Harriet Tregoning discusses redevelopment plans for the Walter Reed Medical Center. While the federal government has not yet finalized the division of the site, the District could now be allocated the entire frontage along Georgia Avenue.

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