Year 2000 Map Rendering

Reader Shipsa01 sent us an interesting old Year 2000 Neighborhood Map originally created by Jonathan Passonneau and Partners. Below is a screen capture of the Mount Vernon Triangle portion and by clicking through you can see a larger version of this photo. What differences can you spot?

"Year 2000 Monumental and commercial Center of the Nation's Capital and Surrounding Residential Neighborhoods" Map by Jonathan Passonneau and Partners.

In 2009 we had a series of historical Google Earth and Microsoft Local Live aerials of the neighborhood.

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    interesting! A few of the changes I note are:

    1. There’s no office building at the NW corner of 7th and I, thus exposing the tech world plaza.

    2. The building between 5th and 6th across from where CityVista is now is no more.

    3. Former street grid where the convention center is now…

    and so on and so forth.

    very cool!

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    Shipsa01 says

    Yeah, it was like finding a little treasure as I was cleaning out my office. It’s not just our neighborhood either – the entire NOMA, Shaw and NE SE areas are comprised of just empty blocks. Quite stark.

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    FourthandEye says

    New residential buildings not in this image:
    Mass Court
    400 Mass
    Meridian at Gallery Place
    401-425 Mass
    555 Mass
    The Sonata
    Madrigal Lofts
    City Vista K, L and V
    Yale Lofts
    Golden Rule Plaza

    I think that’s around 3500 units

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    OctaviusIII says

    Looks like some contemporary images I saw on The Transport Politic of downtown Detroit: acres and acres of empty lots.

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    Sarah Passonneau says

    This was not made by Jonathan Passonneau. The creator of this project was Joseph Passonneau.

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    Hi Sarah – thanks for the clarification. I must have sent Paul the wrong name. My apologies. As an aside – I take it from your name that you’re related to this Joseph Passonneau who created the map; do you know if he is planning on doing another version of it in the future? Thanks