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What Once Was

Selling the Eyes of the Public – Washington Wages War on Billboards

To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew B. Gilmore* Technological advances in outdoor advertising have again outstripped regulatory control. Washingtonians are once again struggling to control advertising in and adjacent to public space. To the surprise of some, perhaps, this struggle has been going on ...

Past Planning for the Future: DC’s 1950 Comprehensive Plan … or, Planning Atomic-Age Washington

Georgetown Becomes Colonial — Reborn at 200: Georgetown’s 1951 Bicentenary Celebration

Sesqui-what? Truman Throws a Party for Washington

“Here to feast on historic places” — First Stirrings of Historic Preservation in Washington

The Liquor License Did It: “Georgetown as a separate and independent city by law is hereby abolished.”

The City of Our Hopes and Desires: Zoning Comes to Washington DC

Kidwell’s gambit: One man’s gamble and the creation of Potomac Park

New Yorkers Transform How Washingtonians Live: Washington’s 19th Century Apartment Revolution

Mrs. Cole’s Bay Window: Parking, streets, trees, projections, and the Secretary of War