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A Project Mends a Gash in the Street Grid of Washington

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Source: The New York Times

The depressed highway is a road from nowhere, the remnant of an Interstate once planned to cut through residential neighborhoods. ... The scuttled plan left an open gash — a six-lane trench — that divided Capitol Hill from downtown Washington’s East End. Now, a large air rights project is underway to cover the trench with five buildings, bringing with them 2.2 million square feet of offices, apartments, public spaces, shops and restaurants...

Covering three square blocks, it will bridge a divide in the city and restore Pierre L’Enfant’s original street plan for the nation’s capital. ...

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