1988 view from what's now the Capital One Arena.

This article was first published on December 19, 2012. Although the exhibit is no longer running, you can still check out Michael Horsley’s work on his Flickr page.

The Washington, DC of the 1980s and ’90s was a dramatically different place than the Washington, DC of 2017. The population was shrinking, wealth flowed out to the suburbs, and you could buy a Northwest rowhouse for five figures.

Photographer Michael Horsley documented the era with a fascinating series of 537 photos. You can see his work on Flickr, and through March 4, 2018 in an exhibit at the Historical Society of Washington, DC. Here’s a teaser.

1988 view of the corner of 14th and U NW. Image by Michael Horsley used with permission.

1995 view of what's now the International Spy Museum.  Image by Michael Horsley used with permission.

1987 at 7th and I NW. Image by Michael Horsley used with permission.

1994 on 11th Street between F and E NW.  Image by Michael Horsley used with permission.

Michael’s work is part of a Historical Society exhibit titled For the Record that documents historic DC. See it at the George Washington University Museum, 701 21st Street NW, through March 4.

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.