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While Pennsylvania Avenue east of the White House embodies the national role of Washington, D.C., Penn West has the potential to become a global destination highlighting the international status of the nation’s capital. Penn West should be the city’s hub of global activity and cultural celebration, and the model for urban sustainability and innovation.
Before: Penn Ave West of the White House
After: The Penn West Vision
The District Department of Transportation began developing the construction plans in late 2018 for the total redesign of Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 17th Street to Washington Circle. The plans build on the vision below that was created by a collaboration of public and private stakeholders brought together by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District. The group included federal, local, and private sector officials representing 17 organizations. The success of Penn West will depend on the continued support of all of our partners.
Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 17th Street to Washington Circle
Global Institutions Nearby
As part of the SmarterDC initiative, the city installed public Wi-Fi on nine blocks around Pennsylvania Avenue west of the White House. While the public element of the project is free public Wi-Fi, the internet will also be used to connect a variety of sensors: air quality, smart lighting, environmental, soil, and trash can sensors. The upgrade will help improve the BID’s efficiency. This first-generation installation of sensors will set the stage for a grand transformation of Pennsylvania Avenue.