By Tia Dabney
Many D.C. residents may not know this, but underneath Dupont Circle is an elaborate system of streetcar tunnels passing underneath P street, Connecticut, and Massachusetts when streetcars were used as a main source of transportation. The city seems to have forgotten about the tunnels. Shortly after the streetcars stopped running, the city shut off the entrances and exits. 50+ years later it remained unused, until now. The Dupont Underground is an initiative of several creative-minded and forward-thinking individuals who are looking to convert the now empty tunnels into something much more practical.
They think some kind of underground urban agriculture would do well there. Maybe even a crossfit gym. But whatever the idea will be, they want to make good use of the space and be able to generate enough revenue needed to maintain the tunnels. The space needs massive improvements on ventilation, electricity, plumbing, and virtually everything that is required to run a public space. The tunnels have so much potential and D.C. can’t wait.