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What Once Was

Honk that Horn — Go to Jail: Evolution of Noise Regulation in Washington, DC

  To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew B. Gilmore* Toot that horn unnecessarily and you’ll be arrested and fined. Ninety-three drivers were arrested in August of 1939. Pretty dramatic action, but Washington had been struggling with noise pollution, specifically traffic noise pollution for years. This ...

“High-handed usurpation and outrage”: The End of Washington City Canal

“Dignified, restrained, and well-proportioned”: the Making of the District of Columbia Municipal Building

Washington’s Lincoln: The First Monument to the Martyred President

DC Prisoners on the Hudson: Abraham Lincoln, Amos Pilsbury, and the Albany Penitentiary

The YMCA in Washington: Shifting With the Times

Washington Goes Wireless: The District’s 20-Year Struggle to Put Utility Wires Underground

Bellevue Becomes Dumbarton House: a moving experience

Washington’s Lime Kilns: Creating the stuff of building

Washington DC, Center of Manufacturing . . .