The intersection of 11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue has not yet experienced the renaissance enjoyed by its surrounding Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhoods. The intersection is framed by a triangle park and three shabby looking (though seemingly well-trafficked), low density businesses: a laundromat/carwash, a cab company/auto repair shop, and a liquor store. For the most part, renovated, well-kept buildings abut these three businesses.
I think this intersection is not living up to its potential. Located just two blocks off of Logan Circle, this land is too valuable to be dominated by surface lots and low rise structures. I think that the parcels should be built out to the sidewalks and that three or four level structures should replace the existing one level structures currently. I think additional retail should be added to the ground floor mix (I envision this intersection as a hub of business activity for the area) with residences above.
Here are a few renderings of what kind of density I’m talking about.