envisions America's capital for the 21st century
Capitol dome provides a stunning backdrop for night life on
the new South Capitol Street. With the Southeast/Southwest
Freeway removed, South Capitol Street can become a new gateway
to the city.
public transportation -- maybe even water taxis on the Potomac
or Anacostia rivers -- as well as new bridges and roads, all aimed
at opening up Washington and lessening automobile traffic, are
possibilities in the long-range plans for the capital. U.Va. and
local residents can view these ideas in paintings and maps at
the University's Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library. The exhibition,
Legacy: Planning America's Capital for the 21st Century,"
is on loan to the library from the National Capital Planning Commission.
"Extending the Legacy," the commission presents its
ideas for the future look and functions of the capital, including
the Mall and surrounding areas, 50 to 100 years from now. The
exhibition displays these plans in magnificent detail mounted
on birch veneer panels and hung around the circular third level
mezzanine floor of the Fine Arts Library.
of "Extending the Legacy" Plan Courtesy of the
National Capital Planning Commission
revived waterfront will sparkle with cafes, boating, including
water taxis, and street life. Here, Anacostia waterfront at
Massachusetts Avenue S.E., shows a water taxi and the proposed
aquarium on Kingman Island.
exhibit also includes past visions of the capital, including the
first plans of the city commissioned by George Washington and
done by Pierre Charles L'Enfant in 1791 and the McMillan Commission
plans of 1901. Together, these two plans outline the Washington
latest plan builds upon the earlier ideas and addresses the concerns
of a growing city. With more than 20 million tourists visiting
the capital each year, a number expected to double over the next
50 years, the risk of over-crowding and over-use remains high.
The "Extending the Legacy" plan moves beyond the Mall
and memorials to the areas, waterfronts, and neighborhoods outside
the Mall in the hope of making the capital an open, accessible,
and attractive place in which to live and travel.
in the plans are revitalized waterfronts along the Potomac and
Anacostia rivers, new memorial sites, open and public spaces.
New transportation options, such as the removal of inefficient
roadways and bridges that dissect the city, the use of water taxis,
expanded rail service, and longer and more frequent Metrorail
trains, would aim to lessen automobile traffic.
wanted to bring this exhibit to U.Va. not only because of its
architectural and urban planning significance, but also because
of its significance to us all as a plan for our national capital,"
said Jack Robertson, director of the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library.
Robertson contacted the commission and secured the loan of the
exhibit for five years.
exhibit, as originally shown in Washington at the National Building
Museum in 1998, included five video players that played video
documents. Copies of these videos are available for viewing or
check out in the Fine Arts Library.
National Capital Planning Commission, whose 12 members are appointed
by the president and the mayor of the District of Columbia, annually
reviews all federal public works projects in the region, as well
as $5 to $8 billion in federal construction investment for the
national capital region, which includes Washington and the surrounding
communities in Maryland and Virginia.
in 1924, the commission sets long-range policies and goals for
future federal development and plays an important role in the
historic preservation, environmental protection and economic development
of the national capital.
information about "Extending the Legacy," visit the
web site, http://www.ncpc.gov/lgcyrder.html.
exhibition is free and open to the public and may be viewed during
the fine arts library's operating hours of 8 a.m. to midnight
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8
p.m. Saturday, and noon to midnight on Sunday. Funding to bring
the exhibit to U.Va. was provided in part by Sarah F. Dupont and
by the School
of Architecture. For information, contact Heather Burns at
924-6607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.