"Greenbelt Project Berwin, MD Elevations of Underpasses"
"Greenbelt Project Berwin, [sic] MD Elevations of Underpasses"
By G.L.S. for the Division of Suburban Resettlement, Resettlement Administration, 1936
Pencil on tracing paper
15" x 18"
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Public Housing Administration

New Deal Planned Communities: Greenbelt, Berwin [sic], Maryland
As part of the effort to assist some of those unemployed by the Great Depression, several federal agencies under President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal built experimental, planned communities, known as new towns. "In addition to building communities in rural areas, the Resettlement Administration constructed three "green towns" outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Washington, DC. Unlike the "subsistence homesteads," those who planned the green towns wanted workers and their families to exchange rural poverty for Government-planned suburbs complete with shops, schools, theaters, parks, playgrounds, and swimming pools. The towns received their names from the 1/2-mile-wide "greenbelts" of forest that surrounded them. Because the enclaves were conceived as "bedroom" towns from which workers would commute into the city, bridges and underpasses, like the ones shown here, were crucial transportation design features.

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