What is placemaking? Project for Public Spaces breaks it down extensively here, but in short: Placemaking is about how we make cities and spaces into more than just streets and trees. It's about creating a place that people want to be, that's accessible, that's unique.
We think about placemaking often, as many of our customers use TransitScreen to increase accessibility of their property or location. We have screens at Mosaic District in Arlington, VA; Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta; and now throughout The Wharf in Washington, DC.
The Wharf has been in the works for years and has just begun — Phase II is expected to be finished in 2022. The $2.2 billion mixed-use development includes 225,000 square feet of office space and 175,000 square feet of restaurant and commercial space, plus three hotels, a 6,000-person concert venue, and 870 residences. The developer expects as many as 15 million visitors every year.
How does transit fit into this?
To accommodate this many visitors to a location previously served by one Metro stop and a handful of buses required some changes. The city added a water taxi route, a jitney, and a neighborhood shuttle, plus extended bus lines and four new Capital Bikeshare stations.
Having information about all these transportation options easily available to visitors is important. It's helpful not only for people who are familiar with the area, but also for visitors who don't know all the choices at their fingertips.
If you're at The Wharf, you won't have to go very far to spot a TransitScreen. You can find us at the Hyatt House and the Intercontinental, at the Fish Market, at Jetty Terminal... We're excited to be part of such a massive development as it's opening, and we can't wait to see the expansion from here.
At The Wharf and see a TransitScreen? Tweet us a photo! We'd love to see them in action.