Proposed Inner Loop Freeway System, 1955

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Postwar federal transportation policy encouraged the construction of urban expressways that tore apart neighborhoods and intensified the segregation of cities by race and class. The construction of the elevated segment of the Inner Loop Freeway System through Southwest (now I-395) was facilitated by the wholesale redevelopment of the area. Other segments to the north and through Capitol Hill met with public opposition and were never completed.

National Capital Planning Commission Collection