Slide Title

L’Enfant Plaza

Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College

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Date

Fall 11-1971

Description

L’Enfant Plaza in Washington D.C. is a complex of several commercial and government buidlings. “La Promenade” shopping mall is also a part of the plaza. Named for Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the man responsible for the design and plan of Washington D.C., the plaza was a part of a project to renew the area that began after World War II.

Unfortunately, the proposed site for the plaza was an older, poor and middle-class neighborhood of Victorian row houses. The project drove families, primarily African American, out of their homes under use of eminent domain. The housing and structures in the neighborhood were demolished and replaced by L’Enfant complex.

Notes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'Enfant_Plaza

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Subject Headings

Cities and towns -- Washington D.C.; Urban poor; Architecture -- Washington D.C.

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name

District of Columbia

City Name

Washington, D.C

Keywords

urban renewal; gentrification; urban beautification; row houses; demolition; L’Enfant Plaza; Washington D.C.;

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