Believe it or not, L’Enfant Plaza is going to be one of the Next Big Things. But can it overcome its urban renewal-pedestrian-unfriendly design? What can we admire about this bewildering mass of ramps, pocket parks, open spaces, and mid-century architecture? The National Capital Planning Commission sees a golden opportunity. It has proposed refashioning and rebranding the entire precinct as the SouthwestEco District. Champions of President Dwight D. Eisenhower have laid claim to six acres to erect a memorial to this American war hero and statesman. Walk through a little understood yet fascinating section of the city, a place where the federal government, Mid Century modern architecture, a public transportation hub and an historic building or two quietly stand steps away from Washington’s National Mall.

 

Led by Carolyn

 

This walk is part of our Get Local! Saturday walks, a series of weekly walking tours that focus on D.C. neighborhoods and historic sites. Click here to see them all!


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