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Metro stop in Georgetown's future?

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Once the undisputed shopping and entertainment mecca of Washington D.C., Georgetown has seen its appeal falter in recent years.

Now, the historic district is turning to an old - and apparent foe - to help turn around its fortunes: yes, we're talking about Metro.

"It's exciting. We've been waiting for this," says longtime Georgetown resident Tom Birch. "It's at the top of the list of the recommendations."

Birch is an ANC commissioner and on a task force created to plan for Georgetown's future.

"It's important that we evolve and maintain the vibrancy that we've always had here," Birch says, "to offer people who want to come and enjoy this place for the history that it offers, and the shopping that it offers and the dining opportunities and recreational opportunities are fantastic."

"They're recognizing that connectivity is productivity," says Shyam Kannan, Metro's Managing Director of Planning. "And Metro has to be a part of their long-term growth strategy. We're excited to be a partner with them."

Kannan says over the next 30 years or so, Rosslyn is scheduled to get a second Metrorail station which will then connect to Georgetown through a tunnel under the Potomac River.

"Tunneling technology today is much different than it was when the system was built," Kannan tells us. "The days of cut and cover are gone so there will be minimal disruptions to anyone on the surface."

What about the notion Georgetown didn't get a Metro station because people there didn't want one?

"You know, that's a myth," Birch maintains.

"If you investigate the actual history of the design of the system," Kanna adds, "there's not a lot of evidence to suggest that Georgetown did not want a station or purposely blocked the planning of a station there."

The actual reason, we're told, is because the bedrock under Georgetown was too tough for the drilling technology at the time.

Birch says there is something else they are considering as a more near-term solution: gondolas! (Like the kind you will find in Venice, Italy)

"That's exciting," beams Birch. "It's all about providing transportation connections into Georgetown."

And none of it just pie in the sky.

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