Study Overview

The study area consists of the communities of 16th Street Heights, Brightwood Park, Crestwood, and Petworth. The area has a number of neighborhood serving commercial areas, diversity of housing styles, and small pockets of industrial properties. The study area is rich with quality, neighborhood-scale public parks and amenities in addition to the large regional amenity of Rock Creek Park which borders it on the west.

Study area map

What is a livability study?

Livability is a term that refers to community quality of life as experienced by the people who live, work, and recreate there. Livability recognizes that strong communities rely on the interplay among key development areas including transportation, public health, housing, cultural resources, and the natural environment. Livability sounds like a buzzword; but it is a big idea. DDOT is taking up the challenge and making it a goal to translate that idea into actual actions. Outcomes will be aimed at on the ground changes such as enhanced pedestrian crossings, more accessible bus stops, geometric adjustments that support intersection safety, increased green spaces, attractive streetscapes, signage for better driver information, updates to traffic signal timing, and speed controls in sensitive areas.

Study Goals & Objectives:

The overarching goal of the Rock Creek East II Livability Study is to identify opportunities for safer travel for residents of and visitors to the study area, and to improve the transportation network, regardless of how you get around. This will be done through a three-part approach focusing on safety, accessibility, and green infrastructure.

The primary objectives of the study are as follows:

  • Develop a comprehensive approach to traffic calming and operational improvements for all users living in and visiting the area
  • Identify specific issues that impact safety and comfort of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists, while also accommodating freight and delivery needs
  • Identify areas where Green Infrastructure (GI) can be implemented to better manage storm water impacts
  • Design cost-effective and measurable system improvements that benefit all users
  • Emphasize safety and access improvements around neighborhood facilities including but not limited to: schools, parks, recreation centers, transit stops, and other key community facilities
  • Enhance comfort and livability for residents and visitors to the project area