In the late 90s, the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (DBID) initiated a process to develop new streetscape standards for the DowntownDC BID area. Out of this process emerged standards that became design guidelines for city regulations that went into effect in early 2000. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has fully adopted the DowntownDC BID Streetscape Standards which are now a part of all Downtown street reconstruction and resurfacing contracts.
The standards are a part of all Downtown street reconstruction and resurfacing contracts and most Downtown existing sidewalks have been upgraded as well. The DBID’s work generated the Streetcape Standards which makes compliance easier for developers, architects, and city engineers. Complete city Downtown Streetscape Regulations can be found on DDOT’s website.