Far Northeast Livability Study

KAI led a planning effort focused on improving the livability of the Far Northeast (FNE) neighborhood of Washington, DC. The study won the 2012 National Capital Area APA Harold Foster Award for Distinction in Community Outreach and Engagement.

Like many communities in the District impacted by arterial roadways, the FNE neighborhoods experience a variety of safety problems and quality of life issues caused by vehicular speeding, aggressive driving, deficient infrastructure, and multimodal conflicts.

The FNE is undergoing a significant transformation, especially with the three Great Streets Projects, two Streetcar Corridors, and more than 15 million square feet of mixed-use development planned for the next 10 years. At the end of 2012, private developers had invested $1.5 billion on more than 2 million square feet of office, residential, hotel and retail space within FNE. In light of this significant investment and projected growth, an assessment of auto, bicyclist, and pedestrian traffic operations was required to proactively manage congestion and mitigate potential conflicts between multimodal users of the neighborhood.

KAI identified, prioritized, and developed concept plans for a range of projects to better connect neighborhoods to transit, build a more complete bicycle network, calm neighborhood traffic on collector streets, reduce cut-through traffic on local streets, and enhance pedestrian crossing safety at intersections. Extensive community engagement led to the creation of a Solutions Toolbox to help residents learn and identify the types of interventions. KAI created a prioritization matrix with “livability factors” that identified high-value pedestrian generators for use in ranking needs and surveyed engaged residents for inclusion in the ranking.