Landscape Identity Study, 1967

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During the 1960s, heightened ecological awareness enabled planners to rediscover the L’Enfant Plan’s sensitivity to the environment. Since then, planners have increasingly viewed the city’s natural resources as important historical assets to be preserved, just as we would protect the Lincoln Memorial or Washington Monument. By supporting land use plans that retain panoramic vistas, scenic waterways, and essential open spaces, planners can balance the goals of economic revitalization with the imperative to enhance the city’s historic, natural environment.

NCPC, Toward a Comprehensive Landscape Plan for Washington, D.C., 1967