#UrbanPlanning crucial to #DC's legacy

#UrbanPlanning crucial to #DC's legacy

Washington, D.C. is an economic and cultural powerhouse city because of many factors, not the least of which is its status as a national capital. The city also owes its prosperity to its urban plan, distinctive among American cities, and the placement of tourist magnets such as the Smithsonian Institute in the urban heart. Crucial to the social and economic success of the city is its mass transit system, itself a result of 1960’s freeway citizens’ revolts against proposed freeway construction through the middle of the city, which would have decimated the urban fabric of the District. The city banked its share of interstate highway funding and, instead of a neighborhood-slashing freeway, built a modern metro system that has become the nations second most patronized. 37% of the city’s residents use mass transit to get to work, yet the city found gaps in its transit matrix wh...

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