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Will the Kennedy Center's Expansion Cut it Off from D.C.?

In case you haven't heard, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is going to get bigger, but does that necessarily mean that it will get better? The $100 million expansion will expand the Kennedy Center with three pavilions connected to the main building along with a 60,000-square-foot below-ground addition. Greater Greater Washington describes each aspect of the expansion as "islands" and goes so far as to say that spending time at the Center makes one feel more closely tied to Rosslyn than Washington. Even before the Center opened in 1971, the location, itself, was criticized for being too "car-dependent." Any plans made to alleviate this issue, though, have proven to be too expensive. According to Greater Greater Washington, the biggest issue that's holding the Kennedy Center back from really connecting with the District is the I-66 highway, and the only solution is to replace it with surface streets.


· The Kennedy Center is isolated from the rest of DC, but it can't fix the problem by itself [Greater Greater Washington]
· JFK Center Breaks Ground for First Expansion in 50 Years [Curbed DC]