Neighborhood Commission Wants a Car-Free Street in D.C.

A popular neighborhood in Washington, D.C. is looking for ways to make its main drag more pedestrian friendly.

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August 2, 2017, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Adams Morgan District

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Jon Steingart reports on some big ideas under discussion to improve street safety in Washington D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood.

According to Steingart, the public safety and transportation committees of the Adams Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commission "have been discussing ways to improve safety on 18th Street during peak hours." The two leading ideas so far: "designating specific areas where ride-hailing services can pick up passengers, and closing the street to some types of motor vehicles, or all of them."

The concern over street safety in one of D.C.'s most scenic neighborhoods has grown after "a motorist on 18th Street in Adams Morgan struck three people" in June.

The proposed changes would have to be approved by the District Department of Transportation, and is likely to meet resistance from public safety officials.

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