Photo Friday: Where the future was born – 14th and U Streets, Washington, DC USA

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14th and U Streets at Night (View on Flickr)

This photograph was taken from the top of 14th and U Streets, in Washington, DC, where the first bricks were thrown on April 4, 1968, that resulted in the destruction of Washington, DC, following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

47 years later, almost to the day, the city is just now alive again, with 800 new residents every month, but still a far cry from the population peak of 802,000 in 1950 (we’re now at 659,000).

Here’s what the same corner looked like in 2007:

McCorner , by M.V. Jantzen (@mvs202)

Click here if you want to see what that corner looked like in 1988: “Meese is a Pig III, 1988,” when there was even less hope.

This corner is again hosting the future, with organizations and people who are wiping out bias against race, gender, and identity. No bricks, just love, which always wins 🙂

Ted Eytan, MD