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Redevelopment is underway in southwest D.C. The plan to link the National Mall to the city's Southwest Waterfront aims to transform what has been a mostly federal section of D.C. into a more walkable, mixed-use neighborhood.

The National Capital Planning Commission, which is the federal planning agency in charge of the area, will be using the Southwest Eco-district Plan as a guide in selecting development projects for the next 20 years.

The plan covers the land bounded by Independence Avenue, Maine Avenue, 12th and 4th streets Southwest. If it succeeds, the 15-block section could become a prime location for new museums, memorials and urban development.

The federal government currently owns a little more than half of the land, including eight buildings. A quarter of the area is privately owned, and the remainder includes streets, freeways and rail lines.

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