Before and after: Truxton Circle
A few years ago, DDOT did a great thing and restored Thomas Circle. While not eliminated in favor of traffic as Truxton Circle was, Thomas Circle was cleaved up in favor of providing through lanes for vehicular traffic.
In 2006, Thomas Circle was restored to roughly its original configuration.
And guess what?
Despite the removal of travel lanes at this location, it was not the end of the world for automobility on 14th Street NW.
Thomas Circle, 1970. DDOT photo.
A rebuilt Thomas Circle begins to show some signs of life