Image by National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

DC’s 1941 master plan is available through the Library of Congress. Published just months before Pearl Harbor, the plan is a fascinating look at the future pre-war planners envisioned.

The National Mall extends eastward to the bank of the Anacostia and dominates the plan. “Semi-public buildings,” parking garages, and much more highway-like Constitution and Independence Avenues line the new Mall. On the other hand, the Southwest quadrant retains its historic street grid and isn’t cut off by I-395.

What else jumps out?

We first ran this post a few years ago, but since the history hasn't changed, we wanted to run it again!

Cross-posted at BeyondDC.

Tagged: history

Dan Malouff is a transportation planner for Arlington and an adjunct professor at George Washington University. He has a degree in urban planning from the University of Colorado and lives in Trinidad, DC. He runs BeyondDC and contributes to the Washington Post. Dan blogs to express personal views, and does not take part in GGWash's political endorsement decisions.