Virginia Avenue is hopping with new developments. Each article and news report that is written about the renewed focus on the street has mentioned the Cultural Trail as major catalyst for the revitalization of the street. The Cultural Trail is parallel to the commercial district for almost the entire stretch, with the exception of the short jog it makes to enable easier crossing of East and South Streets.
This angle also enables some nice views of the downtown skyline, as seen in this photo:
Contrast this to how the trail zigs and zags in the city’s other major diagonal commercial district, Massachusetts Avenue:
The Cultural Trail planners went out of their way to preserve street parking along Mass Ave, which is perpendicular instead of parallel. But I have to wonder if the backers of the street shot itself in the foot a bit by housing the trail on peripheral low-trafficked streets and alleys, instead of creating a more direct link to downtown. I’m curious to hear thoughts on this issue, and what you think the future might hold for each neighborhood.