Inside DC's borders, away from downtown, the area around many subway stations retains its totally residential, or undeveloped nature, with 70-yr old zoning restrictions. Stations such as Rhode Island Avenue and Benning Road (above) and Cheverly and Navy Yard (below) have contributed nothing to DC economic growth, and retain the character of suburban bus stops. Despite plans for residential re-zoning when the metro system was undertaken, current economic development within DC is being squeezed into the "downtown" area where it competes with--and stifles--the grandeur of the federal capitol enclave. The Greater Washington Board of Trade estimates that DC will get less than 6% of the million-plus new jobs in the metro area by 2020--and possibly only 2% of the 1.7 million new residents.
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