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The Design Committee plays a key role in shaping the physical image of Dupont Circle as a place attractive to shop, dine, invest, and visit. Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets – such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets – is just part of the story.  Dupont Circle’s physical appearance affects the decisions shoppers, investors, and visitors make about the neighborhood. Design improvements can result in a sales increase, making good design a sound business investment. An inviting atmosphere created through attractive window displays, building improvements, signs, streetscaping, and landscaping, convey a positive visual message about the commercial district.

To succeed, the Design Committee must persuade independent business and property owners to adopt a historic preservation approach for physical improvements to buildings, businesses, and public improvements by:

  • Educating others about good design: enhancing the image of each business, as well as that of the district

  • Providing good design advice and encouraging quality improvements to private properties and public spaces

  • Planning Main Street’s development, thus guiding future growth through planning and zoning

  • Motivating others to make changes: creating incentives and targeting key projects

For a grant application, click here

For sign guidelines, click here

For planter guidelines, click here

For facade design guidelines, click here

Visual Merchandising by the City of Whitehorse, click here

Our Clean Team is comprised of four men and women from the Ready to Work program run by Central Union Mission. This job training program teaches discipline, hard work, and comradery. The Clean Team continues to weed our 200+ tree boxes, sweep the sidewalks, and clean the gutters five days a week from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Through their labor, we are able to raise the standard of maintenance in the four commercial corridors of Dupont Circle: Connecticut Avenue, P Street, 18th Street, and 17th Street.  

We partner with the Dupont Circle BID, which has expanded the Clean Team to seven days a week. There are now six people sweeping P Street, Mass Ave, Connecticut Ave, 18th Street, and 17th Street.

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