Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fences Come Down!

As of yesterday, pedestrians can now freely walk up and down 4th Street and access the Waterfront-SEU Metro station from north of I Street. Direct pedestrian access to the Metro from the north has been blocked since November 2007, when the Waterside Mall was demolished to make way for Waterfront Station. As I was driving west on M Street this morning, I noticed the traffic light at the corner of 4th & M Street has a green arrow pointing to the right, which gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. It’s the little things that make my day better like having a more direct route home by car or by foot. As a matter of fact, I will start using the Waterfront-SEU Metro more often now if I'm travelling to a Green Line destination instead of walking to the L'Enfant Plaza Metro. The actual street surface on 4th is still not complete, so only DC government employees and guests are currently allowed to drive on the street. However, 4th Street is scheduled to open to all vehicular traffic by the end of the month.

Update: Reader Andrew says that park benches are being installed today near the intersection of 4th & I Street.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hooray! Now I can cut at least five minutes off my morning walk!

Anonymous said...

That 5 minutes helps bigtime when it's the difference between making and missing a green line train (especially on a weekend!).

Caity Bierman said...

Question, I'm currently away, but I could see a sidewalk from 4th street to k street. or in that direction, it doesn't directly connect to k street, kind of where the library is. Is that open as well?

Sonny said...

Hi. I am part of the first wave of DC Gov folks that moved in last weekend. Looking forward to making this area our new home. Feel free to ask any questions. We are loving our new surroundings but would love guidance on where to eat, find coffee and libations after work :)

Jim said...

Libations: Cantina Marina

Food: We are all eagerly looking forward to whatever restaurant is opening in your complex.

Coffee: We are all eagerly looking forward to the Starbucks opening in the new Safeway. :)

Anonymous said...

Yes, as Jim essentially noted, we have nothing here until the demand from employees needing lunch brings in some new dining options!

SWill said...

Caity: Yes, that sidewalk is open to Wesley Place, as well as a connection to the other side - on Makemie Place.

Sonny: Welcome to the neighborhood! In February's The Southwester newspaper, there's a restaurant guide for Southwest and the Capitol Riverfront. Besides Cantina Marina and the other bars along the waterfront, you can head over to the Bullpen and Nationals Park in a couple of weeks when the baseball season begins. A new Safeway will open next month with a Starbucks, sushi bar, deli, pizza station, and other goodies.

Melanie said...

It's just so completely fantastic to be able to walk right down 4th Street to home. Last night I was coming back from downtown, and a guard in front of one of the new buildings - very friendly - saw the big smile on my face and asked what was up. "I am so happy this is finally done! It's awesome!"

Who knew that a beeline home would bring me such joy? Next step: the Stoney's/Tunnicliff's/Ulah's ownership opens up a restaurant a block away from my home, sometime this summer. It's getting better and better.

SWMichele said...

Sonny -- Welcome to the neighborhood! There unfortunately aren't too many food options around there, at all. There is a Potbelly's over at the federal center SW metro station which isn't too far away, Cantina Marina, and the cooked food at the seafood market is great. Also, the Capitol Skyline hotel appears to have a nice looking restaurant in it, but I haven't had a chance to check it out yet.

Melanie -- I'm glad I'm not the only one walking down that street with a giant smile...it's so great having stuff come to our neighborhood!

Overall, these developments are just fantastic. Can't wait for everything to open up in the neighborhood!!!

Stacy said...

Sonny, welcome! In terms of coffee, Hogate's cafe on Water Street was brewing Peet's last time I was there (which, admittedly, was a while ago...I'm not a big coffee drinker).