If you are a fan of lively waterfronts in the DMV, it’s our bet you have been increasingly pleased. Part of the area’s renaissance has been the emergence of new and improved waterfront areas.
After a false start and long delays, National Harbor has blossomed into a small neighborhood and landmark destination. Georgetown put a candle on its cake with a new waterfront park. After decades of wrangling over ownership of prime riverside land, Alexandria is moving full steam ahead with its waterfront construction. In Southwest DC, a new day is dawning to the tune of $2B worth of marina side redevelopment.
Perhaps the greatest turnaround of all is Capitol Riverfront. Fifteen years ago this part of the District a mile south of the Capitol was a motley collection of rundown car shops and crumbling structures. Today the mixed-used, downtown-adjacent neighborhood is an attractive one with growing numbers of residents and buildings.
Anchored by Nationals Park and the Navy Yard, the pulse of Capitol Riverfront beats strong. Jacqueline Dupree’s scoresheet shows seventeen residential projects completed, seven underway and about a dozen that could get started this year or next. The food and beverage lineup looks like a 40-man roster. A linear beauty, Yards Park, forms the southern border. A smaller park on M Street offers ice skating in the winter. A stylish 16-screen movie theater is on the drawing board. A new Frederick Douglass Bridge awaits funding and streetcars could loop through in the future.
It’s been a while since we walked the neighborhood so we enjoyed doing so yesterday. These photos are mostly newer stuff within a year or two of landing.
Dock 79, Residential with ground floor retail
Pretty cool to be able to meet people and let your dog play just steps from a major league ballpark.
Or play volleyball.
Dock 79 is in the background. The old site was the Florida Rock Cement Plant.
Philz Coffee, three blocks west of the ballpark, is a great alternative to the crowded Starbucks at the Department of Transportation. I saw this poster and had to ask. Turns out they are based out of San Francisco and have expanded to DC and LA.
Residential with ground floor retail, including Philz.
Love the wavy glass tower.
Nothing new in this photo, but it captures Alexandria.
All in all a great walk. CapRiv is more than ready for next summer when baseball brings it showcase event to Southeast DC.
JD, they should let you toss out the first pitch...