the fire in mount pleasant was terrible, and has left an awful charred building in the center of the neighborhood. however, if you block out the whirring of the generators, the police lights and the chain link fences, i have to say you're left with a pretty nice pedestrian street. there are people outside all times of the day, you still have your 7-11 sidewalk miller-arounders and a nice wide, calm area for a community to stroll and mingle in between its numerous supermarkets and shops.
i say, keep it that way.
dc needs more pedestrian streets. in france, every town has at least one non-automobile street in its commercial area and it's great for doing your shopping, seeing your neighbors, not having to worry about getting run over. just imagine what 18th street would feel like on a saturday night without the honking taxis, buses, keg buses, stretch limos and all the idiots from maryland and virginia thinking they can find a parking spot. sure, you'd still have your giant pizza slice fights, but at least there would be some space to spread out, somewhere to seek refuge from the flying hot cheese and tomato sauce.