Originally published: Washington Business Journal | June 8, 2016 | by: Michael Neibauer
A promenade, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a “public place for walking.” A proposed promenade in D.C.’s Eckington neighborhood, however, is for everybody — two feet, two wheels, four wheels.
The focal point of Eckington Yards, a huge mixed-use development planned for a 3.1-acre site near the New York Avenue intersection with Florida Avenue NE, is the promenade. Linking Eckington Place and Harry Thomas Way, with a central plaza toward the middle, the promenade is a retail and residence-lined avenue designed as an active space, largely for pedestrians and cyclists.
But cars and trucks, those will share the private street as well — when it’s not closed to traffic during peak periods or events — despite the lack of any parking, curbs or curb cuts.