This illustration appeared within a slide show by Joseph Passonneau FIA, AIA, and a member of the "Committee of 100" in August 2000 at the
Can anyone point to any reporting in The
As this Passonneau plan was shown in August 2000, it came during the Administration of U.S. President Clinton, whose autograph is on the front cover of a copy of NCPC's 1997 "Extending the Legacy: Planning America's Capitol for the 21st Century" affixed to the wall of their headquarters' reception area.
I would call this a South Capitol Avenue because that would be consistent terminology used for other major Washington, D.C. surface streets with a building line to building line right of way width of 130' or 160', such as New Jersey Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue. The term "boulevard" is not used for such roads, and is more of a term to make it sound more different -- indeed more desirable, special or exotic -- then it actually is.
This is the earliest known to me post 1997 South Capitol proposal to exclude the Frederick Douglass Mall (Promenade), and to instead tear down every building along South Capitol Street and replace with new development, except for one cluster of buildings to the west (left) and St. Vincent de Paul Church to the east, immediately north of M Street SE. Asides from Time Magazine's strange to me reporting in 1997 of NEITHER showing any of the illustrations showing the South Capitol Frederick Douglass Mall (Promenade), nor making any text mention, this was the 1st sign that something was afoot to abort it.
The only opposition I have found mentioned in the various planning reports is in the
Notably, Passonneau makes no mention of this Promenade, nor this issue, in any of his public writings that I have found, including his web site. Go cruise it -- www.passonneau.com -- and attempt to find anything about