Shaping the City: Developing the Southwest Waterfront

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A rendering of The Wharf, a mile-long stretch along the Southwest Waterfront.

Hoffman-Madison.

Shaping the City: Developing the Southwest Waterfront

Kojo sits down with architect Roger Lewis and Monty Hoffman, a lead developer of D.C's ambitious Southwest Waterfront redevelopment project, to talk about the future of the 27-acre site.

After nearly a decade of planning and proposals, developers have finally broken ground on D.C.'s Southwest Waterfront, an underused 27-acre site near the capital's most popular monuments. While the Wharf will retain some historic features such as the Maine Avenue fresh-fish market, plans call for new restaurants, shops and hotels that will bring city life directly to the water’s edge. It’s an ambitious "urban renewal" project that has unsuccessful historic precedents. So how will the new development differ from similar projects in Baltimore and National Harbor? And what challenges remain in integrating the waterfront with the architectural landscape of Washington, D.C?

Guests

Roger Lewis

Architect; Columnist, "Shaping the City," Washington Post; and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park

Monty Hoffman

Chief Executive, PN Hoffman

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