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Starting today, flaneurs will no longer find those crimson “For Lease” signs the most engaging sight in downtown’s fallow office buildings. A handful of those storefronts now house works by nine artists commissioned by the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District and the Washington Project for the ArtsCorcoran as site-specific installations for SiteProjectsDC, an exhibit that might momentarily distract District office workers from their beeline to the Metro. Passers-by may become urban planners in Stephen Barnes’ model city, complete with construction cranes manipulated via joystick. Washingtonians mourning the dereliction of the Woodies building can catch glimpses of its decaying splendor through Clay Wellman’s peepholes in its boarded-up facade. And pedestrians passing the storefront Colin Ives transformed into a Web site will be tracked by his people-counter while his camera propels their mugs through cyberspace and onto the SiteProjectsDC site. A guided tour of the exhibit, which runs to Sept. 25, will be offered at 6 p.m. beginning at Columbia Square, 12 & F Sts. NW. Free. (202) 659-0810. (Jessica Dawson)