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October 16, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Anacostia River bridge park to connect neighborhoods and residents

An architectural team has been chosen, after a national seven-month competition, to design the 11th Street Bridge that will be D.C.’s first elevated park hovering the Anacostia River. The project seeks to promote greater access to healthy food, physical activity and nature for residents in the area. The bridge park is a collaboration between the nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC and the D.C. government, and is supported by private donations. Though the project will take time to further develop, you can view additional photos of how it will look here. (WBJ, 10/16 and DCist, 10/16)

So what can we expect in the new 11th Street Bridge Park? Well, the design, which has a distinct “X” shape and will be built on concrete piers used to support an old freeway bridge, is divided up into sections, each with their own specific attractions. There will be rain gardens, and amphitheater, a picnic garden, a hammock grove, a plaza, a cafe, urban agriculture, interactive art (including a tribute to Frederick Douglass), waterfalls, lawn space, a boat launch port, an environmental education center, and a modern playground for children.

– Once hailed as a potential spark for economic revitalization for Anacostia and Congress Heights, the U.S.Coast Guard Headquarters in Ward 8 has not had much impact so far on the surrounding community. (WCP, 10/15)

HOMELESSNESS/YOUTH | Yesterday, officials cut the ribbon on the new playground at D.C. General Homeless Shelter, run by the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project and funded, in part, through donations by Pepco. The new supervised playground will be for the 600 children who currently reside at the shelter until it is ultimately closed down. (WAMU, 10/15)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Why is D.C. so Expensive? Because of Congress (CityLab,10/15)

HEALTH | The days of searching your medical symptoms on the web and diagnosing yourself with every condition may soon be over. Google plans to roll out a new project that will allow people to connect with doctors via video chat to ask questions and learn more about basic health information. (InTheCapital, 10/15)

FOOD | Would You Take the ‘Walk to Get Your Groceries’ Challenge? (CityLab, 10/15)

TRANSIT | Newly released data on Silver Line ridership shows that fifteen percent of commuters who take the train to Tyson’s Corner or Wiehle Avenue are coming from east of the Anacostia River or Prince George’s County. Economic necessities that remain unavailable in the eastern-most areas of the region are a common reason for most to embark on the often complicated and lengthy commute each day. (GGW, 10/15)

EDUCATION | Enrollment in Prince George’s Rises Again (WaPo, 10/15)

NONPROFITS | The Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Data Project announces that the Bureau of Labor Statistics will soon release research on nonprofit employment and wages. The employment findings will be released in conjunction with a webinar on the new data on Friday, October 17th at 2:00 PM. To find out more, click here.

In honor of the upcoming election, can you name each of the District’s mayors?


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