The construction of the I-395 freeway separated lower 8th Street, SE from upper Barracks Row and led to the demolition of some of the historic street frontage. Lower 8th Street has not experienced the same level of economic and physical revitalization that can be seen on upper Barracks Row. However, these blocks are strategically positioned between the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the historic Navy Yard campus, and the new development occurring in the Capitol Riverfront and surrounding Nationals Park. Lower 8th Street could become a destination gateway that provides an exciting connection to all of these areas.
A 7pm community meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 29 October 2008 at the Friendship House (619 D Street SE) to discuss the future of 8th Street, SE south of the I-395 Freeway with Urban Planning Masters students from the University of Maryland.
Click above image to read entire Capitol Riverfront Connections E-News Update dated Thursday, 23 October 2008 for details regarding the event.
Here is my 8th Street Historic District, SE, WDC photo set.