If you found yourself squeezing past dozens of structural engineers on New Jersey Ave this past Tuesday, you were either on the YMG/SE3 walking tour, or profoundly inconvenienced by the sometimes two-block-long gauntlet of engineers who descended on near Southeast to learn about history and engineering. Presenters representing eight different firms spoke about their projects, and members of the YMG and SE3 Committee shared information about the history of the neighborhood, including the Nacotchtank settlements that predate European colonization.
It was thirsty work, and many of those in attendance gathered for drinks and food at nearby Dacha Navy Yard after the walk. Many thanks to all who presented and helped to organize; the list is long.
If you're eager to learn more, here are some resources:
Building Bridges Across the River nonprofit: https://bbardc.org/
More information about DC's highway system: http://www.roadstothefuture.com/
Resources on indigenous sites in present-day DC: http://onceasitwasdc.org/
Map showing the age of buildings in DC: http://maps.oldersmallerbetter.org/maps/dc/bdg_yr_age_med.html
We've uploaded some pictures from the walk here. Photo credit: Alan Chong, Kellie Farster, Maria Raggousis, and Shambi Eubanks