What Did Southwest Washington Look Like in the 1950s?

Here’s a shot of typical life in Southwest Washington back in the 1950s. You’re looking at a corner store at 4th and M St. SW.

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Corner store at 4th and M Streets SW, northwest corner, looking up 4th Street toward L, 1100 block
Corner store at 4th and M Streets SW, northwest corner, looking up 4th Street toward L, 1100 block

Source: Dig DC

The same corner today looks a little different.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Farragut

    Your default Google Street view is looking East down M St, but the original photo is looking North along 4th St. Very sad overall, I love the trees and general feel of the 1950s picture. 1960s urban design & the Waterside Mall really did not help the character here…

  • ET

    I can’t help but feel that what they did to SW was criminal. Much of the housing stock was worn hard and such but that was the case for a lot of house on the Hill as well. IMHO, what they replaced it with never has lived up to what I think they were hoping – though it may be moving in that direction 50 years later.

  • Jessica Ferrer

    So sad to see the corner store in nothing but dreams & photos like this!!!

  • Popeye D. Saylorman

    The 1950s hoods were just so much more homey, that todays cold street corners.

    • Gus Mueller

      Homie don’t play there no mo’.