Decked Out Georgetown

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More space to dine, shop, stroll and stay awhile. And manspread.


The Georgetown BID built 3,400 linear feet of sidewalk deck panels on M Street between 34th Street and 29th Street, and on Wisconsin Avenue between Q Street and the Canal.


The Georgetown Decks provide a more welcoming experience for outdoor dining, and create more space for pedestrians to safely and comfortably walk through Georgetown.

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Peter Baumbusch

It’s time to take the veil off of this “sidewalk widening” plan and call it what it really is: a “private restaurant land grab of limited public space”. This effort, which takes away 200 “swing” spaces in Gtown, will undoubtedly make parking in the residential areas worse than it already is. There are 4,041 residential spaces in Gtown out of 6,000 to 7,000 total spaces, and supporters of this "land grab" blithely note the availability of these residential spaces for non-residents for up to two hours. However, those residential spaces are already being clogged with non-DC cars parking there. Go take a look. And there are only 2,000 to 3,000 non-residential spaces available for tourists and visitors. Many of those are in business garages and are already accounted for. So, by taking away 200 spaces, the “streateries” are in reality taking away well over 10% of the “swing” spaces available for tourists (not 2.5% as is misleadingly suggested by the the "land grab" supporters). If you think 200 is a small number, consider what it would cost to build 200 parking spaces in Gtown. The potentially wider sidewalks have been commandeered by the restaurants so that they are not only not wider, but pedestrians now have to bump into restaurant servers. And, to cap off this folly, it has been suggested that new parking rules should be imposed on the residents and that they should also subsidize this “land grab” with their tax dollars. In summary, the restaurants want to take way essential parking, adversely impact the local neighborhoods, impose new parking rules on the residents and also have the local residents pay for the cost of this disruption. I say no.