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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!)
* FROM NEAR ABOVE, 1965: DDOT has a cool Tumblr where they post long-ago photos of the city from their archives, and recently they tossed me a bone with two helicopter (?) shots of the construction of the Southeast/Southwest Freeway taken in 1965, one of which shows the northern portion of Near Southeast, including the building on the site where the Park Chelsea and 800 New Jersey are being built, that I looked at for years from the freeway but never took my own photos of before it was demolished around 2000. (WAAAAAH) I hope they don't mind my reproducing them here, and adding them to my Historic Photos page.
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.)
And if that makes you want even more of a peek into the past , I can again point you to the series of posts my dad wrote for JDLand of what life on the Hill was like in the 1960s, with more photos and home movies.
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MJM says: (9/4/15 2:24 PM)
Amazing to see how the freeway cut right across the city.


JD says: (9/4/15 2:53 PM)
I see a building on the 82 I/801 NJ site that I've never noticed before.


JD says: (9/4/15 2:54 PM)
Also, for north-of-the-freeway folks, the old Providence Hospital is still there between 2nd and 3rd and D and E).


JD says: (9/6/15 10:14 AM)
By the way, when I compare the current amount of construction to 2007, this is why:

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202_cyclist says: (9/8/15 10:56 AM)
Admittedly, this is right across I-695 from the Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard but the GAO recently published a report on the Capitol Power Plant. I know this most likely won't happen but, through greater energy efficiency and on-site generation (i.e. solar) I would like to see this facility become obsolete and redeveloped. It is unfortunate that the Central Heating Plant on 13th St SW can't be used to provide power to the Capitol buildings.

Architect of the Capitol Should Update Its Long-term Energy Plan before Committing to Major Energy Projects


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