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Democracy Through Design: Pierre L’Enfant and Mapping Washington, D.C. | BRIdge from the Past

Why is Washington, D.C., laid out the way it is today? In this episode, Mary examines the original design plans for our nation’s capital and how they changed over time. How did Pierre Charles L’Enfant design Washington, D.C., to reflect the values of American democracy? How is compromise at the core of the planning of Washington, D.C.?