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Proposed park would bridge Washington, D.C.'s racial divide

The 11th Street Bridge Project would connect Washington, D.C.'s downtown with an African American neighborhood left out of the city’s boom. (OMA + OLIN)

What if a bridge could span a city’s racial, economic and social divides? Daniel Vock reports for Governing that the proposed 11th Street Bridge Project in Washington, D. C. would unite the city in a multitude of ways. 

The bridge would connect the prosperous downtown with the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Anacostia. “The Anacostia area has largely been left out of the housing and economic boom that has enveloped the rest of Washington, D. C.,” Vock notes.

That could change with the pedestrian-friendly bridge, which would feature waterfalls, gardens, a café, auditorium and sculptures woven into a stunning design. Inspired by New York’s famed High Line, a linear park atop long-abandoned elevated rail tracks, the D. C. bridge is envisioned as a hub for concerts and classes.

The District of Columbia city government has committed $14.5 million toward the project, which has a price tag of $45 million, the article says. The park could open as early as 2018 if funding is secured. Steps already are being taken to ensure that low-income citizens living near the site are not displaced by developers after the bridge opens. 


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