Should the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro be Renamed to Include Park View?

Should Park View be added to this station's name?

While having a Metro station at the intersection of Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues is a boon to the area, one of the unfortunate oversights of the station is that it was allowed to be named honoring Petworth while ignoring the neighborhood of Park View.

Since the naming of Metro stations is left to the neighborhoods they are located in, it’s no surprise that the station has its current naming convention. Technically, it is in Ward 4’s Petworth … though barely. As the names of Metro stations are intended to be meaningful, the inclusion of Petworth in the name gives the false impression that the station is located in the heart of that neighborhood. Nothing could be further from the truth as Park View’s border is mere feet from the station.

The 750 foot long Duke Ellington Bridge separates Adams Morgan from the station that bears its name

Is there a precedent for renaming a station to be more inclusive of the communities around it? Yes. In 1999 the Woodley Park—Zoo station was renamed to Woodley Park—Zoo/Adams Morgan to help identify that Adams Morgan is served by this station. However, whereas Adams Morgan’s western border is 0.3 miles away from the station that now includes its name – and this is over the 750 foot long Duke Ellington Bridge – Park View is only about 247 feet south of the station that ignores its existence.

Answering an inquiry on why this intersection was chosen for a station in the first place, Metro cites the location’s long association with mass transit among the reasons that lead to its selection. If this is the case, Park View certainly played its part in helping to permanently establish Rock Creek Church Road, Georgia, and New Hampshire Avenues as a permanent stop for streetcars, then buses, and now Metro.

While there are numerous examples of the Park View Citizens’ Association fighting for better streetcar service along Georgia Avenue, their most relevant accomplishment to this discussion occurred in 1914. It was in that year that the Citizens’ Association took on the Utilities Commission to insist on a stop at Rock Creek Church Road for southbound trains. Prior to their plea to the Commissioners, streetcars only stopped at this location during their northbound journey. Initially, the Commission rejected Park View’s request. Not taking no for an answer, residents pressed their case and ultimately won in September of that year, causing the Commission to authorized the Washington Railway and Electric Company to establish a far-side stop at Georgia and Rock Creek Church Rd. That was the beginning of the intersection becoming the significant transportation hub that it is today.


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6 Comments on “Should the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro be Renamed to Include Park View?”

  1. CL Says:

    Long metro names are confusing for visitors (e.g. you tell someone you’re at the Petworth stop and they can’t find it because it starts with Georgia Ave), and changing names causes unnecessary costs to be incurred to change signage.

  2. Dave Says:

    I’d suggest dropping Georgia Avenue and calling it Petworth-Park View. To reduce costs, the change could be placed on hold until WMATA was prepared to implement major updates/changes, such as when the Silver Line comes into service and WMATA needs to issue new Metro maps system-wide.

    • CL Says:

      Not a bad solution. It is actually a bit of a pet peeve of mine when stations are named after streets that cut through the whole city (I’m looking at you, Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St/Convention Center).

  3. trixie Says:

    Long Metro names are the worst. The one at U Street is terrible. Somehow in NYC they manage just fine with names like “42nd St”. Same goes for London. Same goes for Mexico City.

    Adams Morgan is closer to the Columbia Heights station than the Woodley Park / Zoo station. So not only is Woodley Park / Zoo overly long, but it is technically incorrect from a proximity standpoint.

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