Banishing Cars from Georgetown Street?

Turning Wisconsin Avenue into pedestrian mall mulled

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011  |  Updated 12:39 PM EDT
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During a panel discussion of local business members in Georgetown Wednesday, the suggestion was made to make Wisconsin Avenue car free, the Georgetown Dish reports.

Although just a suggestion, the Dish says the idea garnered a lot of positive response from business owners and the area's ANC.

From the Dish:

The Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners were upbeat.  “It’s great,” said Commissioner Ed Solomon.  He was joined by Commissioners Jeff Jones and Bill Starrels “I’d love to see the positive energy from doing it, maybe the first Sunday of every month [as long as you do] a cost/benefit analysis” suggested Jones.  “I’m always open to new ideas,” Starrels said.  "Maybe a couple of times a year, like a taste of Georgetown or as a showcase for small business.”

The meeting in Georgetown on was organized by the Georgetown Business Association and funded by the Georgetown BID, according to the Dish.

Around the District, farmers' markets like the Penn Quarter Freshfarm market and the Bloomingdale Farmer's Market are shutting down small stretches of street this fall on the weekends.

Neighborhood festivals also shut down blocks intermittently during the warmer months.

In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took car-free to a new level when he transformed part of Times Square into a pedestrian walkway.

Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans reportedly told the Dish traffic problems would have to get looked at before any kind of street closure was put in place.

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