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Freeway opponents picket mayor’s home: 1968 | by Washington Area Spark
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Freeway opponents picket mayor’s home: 1968

Fifty pickets protesting the proposed North Central Freeway picket Mayor Walter Washington’s home at 408 T Street NW January 9, 1968.


Most of the pickets were mobilized by the Emergency Committee on the Transportation Crisis. The pickets mostly came from the Northeast communities of Brookland and Woodridge.


The North Central Freeway was proposed to run south from the Beltway through Silver Spring and Takoma Park before merging with a proposed I-95 extension in Brookland near the current 10th and Rhode Island Avenue intersection.


At the time, the city council had voted to leave freeway decisions in the hands of the mayor.


Washington came out of his home to talk with protesters, but promised only to “look into the matter.”


The Committee urged a halt to all freeway construction and a diversion of the funds to build the Washington Metro system.


After years of battle, freeway opponents prevailed in 1971 when highway funds were released by Congress to build the Metro. By 1976 plans for the freeways and the Three Sisters Bridge were removed from planning documents.


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The photographer is unknown. The image is an Afro American photo obtained via an Internet sale.

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Taken on January 9, 1968