As a part of the Southwest Ecodistrict initiative underway by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), The DC Office of Planning will undertake a study of the Maryland Avenue corridor, as reported in the Examiner. The section of the corridor to be studied stretches from 12th Street to 6th Street. Maryland Avenue is currently disjointed, with a landscaped segment west of 12th Street at the Portals development (pictured above), but abruptly ends east of 12th Street with the CSX train tracks and picks up again east of the L'Enfant VRE station at 7th Street. On the other end of the corridor is the site of the future Eisenhower Memorial. The goal of the study is to reconnect Maryland Avenue and create a mixed use corridor. Here's a link to a video provided by NCPC on the current state of Maryland Avenue.
Update: Here's a link to a live chat done on Wednesday by the Housing Complex blog about plans for the Southwest Ecodistrict. Here's a reminder that the NCPC will be hosting a public meeting about the Ecodistrict on Thursday from 6-8pm at the Whitten Building, located at 1400 Independence Avenue.