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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Mapping the (transit) future of the Washington region, 1965

One of the plans for the Washington Subway, 1965Proposed routing plan for the Washington, DC subway system, 1965. From the online exhibit Building the Washington Metro, associated with the book The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro by Zachary Schrag. Caption: Stolzenbach's attack on the freeways led to a political storm and, ultimately, his departure. In 1965, the NCTA proposed a much more modest system and promised that it would work with automobiles, not against them. This plan got Congressional approval., U.S. National Capital Transportation Agency, Rail Rapid Transit for the Nation's Capital, 1965 DCPL.

Note the legend "Rapid Rail Transit for the Motorist."

A version of this map was printed alongside a great article that Mark Jenkins wrote about the Washington subway system, including possibilities of expansion, in the Washington City Paper probably in 1988. It's too bad that the City Paper no longer publishes a "Cityscape" column like the one that Mr. Jenkins used to write. His writings likely stoked my interest in urban issues and urban design.

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