In late March, the Rosslyn BID installed a streetscape demonstration block at Wilson Blvd. and N. Oak St. We wanted to provide Rosslyn workers, residents and others who spend time here with the chance to see and experience several new pieces of street furniture before they are installed throughout the neighborhood. The demonstration block includes benches, planters, newsbox corrals, litter bins, bike racks and an informational marker. All were designed by New York-based industrial designer Ignacio Ciocchini and fabricated by Landscape Forms.
In May, we launched a brief survey seeking feedback on these new additions. We promoted it widely on social media and throughout the neighborhood via our friendly Rosslyn ambassadors. Nearly 200 people weighed in. Most respondents were Rosslyn residents (49 percent) and workers (46 percent). The results were overwhelmingly positive:
We also asked people which streets they frequent most, since these would likely be the first places we'd add the new furnishings. The most popular streets were Wilson Blvd., Lynn St., N. Ft. Myer Dr. and N. Moore St.
Write-in comments were also overwhelmingly positive.
"These have a clean, unified, attractive look," wrote one person.
"They upgrade the area to modern aesthetics," added another.
Armed with this feedback, the Rosslyn BID is prepared to move forward.
"It's very exciting to see the community embrace these amenities as a welcome contribution to Rosslyn's sidewalks," says Lucia deCordré, the Rosslyn BID's director of urban design. "We think they will make quite a difference in the way people see the sidewalks, and we look forward to installing these pieces throughout Rosslyn’s core area!"
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View Rosslyn's adopted 2017 Streetscape Elements Master Plan here