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Meeting Tonight to Discuss Art Along Crystal City Transitway

by ARLnow.com June 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm 3,256 7 Comments

A new bus transitway is coming to Crystal City and Potomac Yard, and planners are asking for the public’s help to decide what kind of art should be placed along the route.

To that end, a public forum will be held tonight at 6:30 at the the Aurora Hills Community Center at 735 18th Street S.

“An artist has been commissioned to create public art along the corridor,” a flyer advertising tonight’s meeting says. “Join us as we help the artist gain a greater understanding of the Crystal City and Potomac Yard communities so she can develop truly site-specific work that meets the goals of your community.”

Next week another public meeting is scheduled to discuss the transitway itself. That meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27, also at the Aurora Hills Community Center.

The Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transit Improvements project will build dedicated bus lanes along Crystal Drive, S. Clark Street and S. Bell Street, often at the expense of on-street parking.

The transitway will eventually be expanded. There are plans for the route to extend south through Potomac Yard and down Jefferson Davis Highway to the Braddock Road Metro station. It will also be extended to the Pentagon City Metro station. The transitway will “set the stage” for a planned Crystal City/Potomac Yard streetcar, planners say.

Construction is expected to begin next year.

  • Can’t wait for the transit, but isn’t there enough strange “art” in Crystal City already, what with the mosaics and murals and tall wooden structures??

    • Tim

      Couldn’t agree more with Lindsey. Would like something less funky and something more green (literally — not just green in the “eco” sense) and reflective of nature. But please don’t overdo anything with the area’s history (i.e., no sepia-toned photo murals of the area way back when).

  • MC

    Keep the art coming.

  • CarsSuck

    I’m all for more transit, but seriously, how hard is it to build an “infill” station @ Potomac Yard? There is plenty of open space still to build a station without knocking out homes and businesses and just continue to build around.

    • wat

      They are still in planning stages. A few months back there was a meeting and I think 8-12 proposed plans for where exactly the station would be.
      Supposedly the infill station will begin construction in 2014, and finish 2016, so yeh, a ways off. I’m guessing their highest priority right now is first segments of Silver line, which opens 2013.

      • Michael H.

        Didn’t Metro want to coordinate station construction with some of the private development in the immediate area, so that the station would be more useful when it opened? They want to tear down the shopping plaza at Potomac Yards, which apparently was always intended as a temporary center. There are some townhouse communities near the proposed Metro station sites but maybe not enough to support the station until some of the new projects have been added.

        • CrystalMikey

          hmmm…never knew about the shopping center being a “temp” thing.

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