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Architecture DC
670/680 Maine Avenue Engages the Public Realm

The District Wharf, a $3.6 billion development along the Washington Channel of the Potomac River, has transformed what was once a forlorn row of dowdy motels and mediocre restaurants into a thriving mixed-use precinct and a popular regional attraction. Combining rental and condominium apartments, hotels, offices, restaurants, shots, and entertainment venues, lining a woonerf (a pedestrian-oriented thoroughfare that also allows limited car traffic), the ambitious development has brought a burst of vitality to DC's inner Southwest quadrant. Its unique site, a slender ribbon nestled between Maine Avenue and the waterfront, also allowed for architectural flourishes that might have been impossible on more typical DC blocks. 

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