14th and U Project exploring “respectful, friendly, non-friendly or threatening interactions” nearly completed

by Prince Of Petworth January 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm 16 Comments

14th and U Street, NW

I continue to get tons of emails asking about what this is? You can now get a better understanding but the fences are still up (or were still up on yesterday anyway):


More photos after the jump.





  • FridayGirl

    I still don’t get it. Is it supposed to be like a cat-calling simulator or something?

    • stacksp

      lol…not sure but it will be a good place for the homeless to sleep or for folks to roll up and light blunts when the wind is blowing…

  • neighbor

    What’s the under/over on how long it takes until someone gets mugged inside this thing? A sem-enclosed space at that intersection is a terrible, terrible idea.

    • FridayGirl

      Eh, I give it a week. It’s a high traffic intersection but I could definitely see it happening late at night or really early in the morning.

    • Ava16

      Not sure its any different than the very enclosed construction walkway at 13th and U.

      • I Dont Get It

        The one that has “F**K Trump” written every five feet inside?

        • FridayGirl


  • MoldieOldie

    so what is the ‘message’? or is it meant to be ‘veiled interpretation’, i.e., unknown to anyone? and who is paying for this installation/massive waste (which has taken many months of city employees to establish)? if it’s dc (i.e., you and I) – I’d rather a new soccer stadium. after all, as a resident of dc from which do you benefit more – this installation (which has taken months to build and will be torn down in weeks/or a soccer stadium?. in the meantime, while I wait for a reply that will never come, I’ll be sure to watch DC employees holding their shovels and ‘willing’ this ‘installation’ to self-install, then stall, then fail, then hold shovels, watch, and remove.

    • textdoc

      “if it’s dc (i.e., you and I) – I’d rather a new soccer stadium.”
      Sliiiight difference in cost between the two.

      • MoldieOldie

        Yup, the price tags must surely be different. Besides, how much would you want to be taxed for a vomit and urine “plaza” (see, Reeves) versus a revenue generating and revitalizing vomit and urine stadium in SE where neighborhood life is like paradise. I don’t know the cost of this “installation”. Do you? If so, please share how much we’re wasting on it. I’ll be waiting for your insight.

    • SaraEP


  • ustreetmayor

    Who paid for this?? I hope not DC taxpayers!!

  • mk

    Wait—is that quote in the photo supposed to represent an example of a non-threatening, friendly encounter? First of all, how many times do us ladies need to repeat this: women prefer not to have their looks commented on by strangers in the street whether or not those comments can be perceived as a “compliment.” Second of all, that anecdote is phrased as to suggest that the speaker did a kind act for someone who was just put down based on their looks. You want a cookie?

    Everyone. Just. Stop. Commenting. On. Women’s. Looks. On. The. Street.

    • Kd

      My thoughts exactly. Even if it is “you’re gorgeous” instead of “girl let me at that pussy” it’s unwanted and unnecessary. Let me live my life. I’m not here for you.

      • textdoc

        I was hoping that the person who said “You’re gorgeous” was a fellow woman and not a man. (Although the comment could still potentially be problematic.)

    • MadMax

      Yeah I really hope that’s not intended to be one of their positive interactions. If so it’s sending a very bad, mixed message about how to courteously interact with people.


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