reimagining the capital gateway
Few US cities have transformed as quickly as Washington DC. After decades of decline, rapid gentrification and dense development have repositioned DC from a depressed urban wasteland to one of the most dynamic, livable cities in the nation. Strategic public investments in education,transit, and infrastructure attract diverse demographics and strong real estate growth in both commercial and residential properties. While most of DC enjoys high quality of life, the drab, long-neglected "drive-through" Ward 5 industrial corridor is poised to anchor the next wave of DC economic growth and industrial diversification. As the largest ward in DC, Ward 5 includes half of the District's industrial land, large properties ripe for development, an engaged business and civic community, stable residential neighborhoods and industrial core, and strong anchor institutions. Ward 5 political and policy leaders are reimagining Ward 5 as an emerging "clean and green" business sector with New York Avenue as an attractive, welcoming commercial and retail gateway to the nation's capital.