The transformation of Southeast
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On the eve of the Civil War, the sixty year old Federal Navy Yard and nearby Marine barracks had already drawn a significant number of residents to this swampy corner of Washington.
Almost 100 years later, much of the wide Anacostia had been filled, the Navy Yard had expanded several blocks from its original boundaries and construction was underway on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.
Southeast was struggling economically as the century closed. To revitalize the area, part of the Navy Yard was opened to development and plans to replace a housing project with mixed-income townhouses were approved.
As new buildings began to spring up around the Navy Yard, D.C. Council members approved the use of public funds to finance a new baseball stadium.
When the Nationals Park opened in 2008, the Great Recession struck. Since the downturn, companies have struggled to begin new construction, but it appears the area is ready to resume its transformation.
» For a detailed look at what new construction is expected over the next two years, click here.
SOURCES: GeoEye, Google Earth, Library of Congress. GRAPHIC: Gene Thorp - The Washington Post. Published April 1, 2012.
Nationals Park is a jewel, but development in Southeast Washington has been slow to come. Now, the neighborhood may join the team in a breakout year.
It's taken longer than expected, but if both the team and the area around Nationals Park blossom this year, that would be good news for those who believed baseball's return would pay off for Washington.