I've had a couple of nice days making images of the new Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge and adjacent waterways. Maine Avenue (the Channel) and the Southeast areas were run down until the stadium was built and a focused group of builders set loose on the city. Now, we have Congressman and Senators living on boats and Maine Avenue has become so popular with boaters that there is a dispute between the military and civilian about access to the waterway. Leaves a long-time Washingtonian to ask..."is that national security or a country club?"
On the North side of the bridge, we have "Capitol Riverfront" as its known. Twenty years ago, the area was composed of derelict garages and run down buildings (see page 155) and is now an architectural free for all (below). Looks like all the architects...freed from the Capitol Restrictions...went crazy. I began the third chapter of the book entitled THE NEW DC with the bridge as it symbolizes a new bold DC "partially" free of politics.