If you'd like to go back in time this holiday weekend, here are a few options for you.
* FROM FAR ABOVE, 2015
: With thanks to reader Maelstrom for the heads up, I've added Google's new satellite view of the neighborhood from April 11, 2015 to my Images From Above page
, which displays annotated images first from 1949 then every few years from 1988 to the present, showing the changing landscape of Near Southeast.
This From Above page allows you to choose certain photos to compare
, and now you can also click them to pop them up, easily toggling between them for better comparisons. (The new pop-up option also now means I need to do a better job of cropping and matching the photos, but not today.)
This particular shot marks the changes since the October 2012, and there's a pile of them, as you can see by the yellow highlights, since it was taken just as excavation had gotten underway at four sites and work was well underway at quite a few others. (The 2017 image should be a beaut!)
Of course, if you want to see what the construction of the Southeast Freeway looked like from ground level in about 1964, I can once again go to the well to show you this photo of my brother
on the swings at Garfield Park, with the new freeway looming (and the former Washington Star building at 225 Virginia, now better known as the renovated 200 I
, at rear). There's also the brief snippet of Super 8 film my grandmother took in 1969
from the tennis courts at South Capitol and I, where she panned across the freeway vista. (I'm the one burning rubber on the tricycle.)