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Shaping The City: Outgoing D.C. Planning Director Harriet Tregoning

As head of D.C.'s Office of Planning through the past two mayoral administrations, Harriet Tregoning has had a hands-on role over city policy during a transformational period for many D.C. neighborhoods. She's championed public transit, biking and development around walkable urban centers. She's also spearheaded projects to reshape the Columbia Heights and H Street corridors. Roger Lewis and Kojo speak to Harriet Tregoning about her tenure and what's next for her in a new job within the Obama administration.

Inside The Studio

Harriet Tregoning, whose term as head of the D.C. Office of Planning is coming to a close, discussed controversy over the new streetcar line opening in the District. Responding to criticism that streetcars are expensive, redundant and "essentially buses for white people," Tregoning notes that streetcars have been a favorite mode of transportation in the U.S. for decades. More than 100 miles of streetcar tracks ran in the city before the system shut down in the 1960s. She added that streetcars have more capacity, shorter wait times and bring private investment around routes. "For many people, change is a really difficult topic. I can't say I love it myself in my own neighborhood, and so I think that's what most of the conflict what you hear is about."

Reshaping And Reusing Washington Spaces

Renderings of how changes to the D.C. Height Act would affect North Capitol Street, how the MLK Bridge could be repurposed into an aerial park and what Walter Reed might look like as a community space.

Master Plan For Studying D.C.'s Height Act

In early 2013, Congress asked D.C.'s main planning agencies to study potential changes to the 1910 Height Act of Washington, D.C. This video summarizes the agency's strategy and timeline for the Height Study report.

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