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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/09/2012

McPherson Square: Striking photos of before and [possibly] after Occupy D.C.

To the left is a picture of McPherson Square taken while the park was recommended for major landscape rehabilitation by the National Park Service in 2010.

The Department of Interior awarded more than $400,000 in stimulus funds to refurbish benches and to install new trashcans, light fixtures and grass. (View more pictures of the freshly rehabbed park here at Prince of Petworth.)

Since the beginning of the Occupy D.C. movement in early October 2011, The Post has mapped out McPherson Square in its different stages of occupation, as “The New Town Square ” eventually unfolded to tell a strikingly different story.

Here’s what the park looks like now, after the jump:

Feb. 6, 2012 (Ricky Carioti - THE WASHINGTON POST)

Feb. 6, 2012 (Ricky Carioti - THE WASHINGTON POST)

Stephen, from New York, who didn't want to give his last name, cleans up the sidewalk in McPherson Square on Feb. 5. (Katherine Frey - THE WASHINGTON POST)

Feb. 5, 2012. (Marvin Joseph - THE WASHINGTON POST)

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