Extending the Legacy

As the D.C. area grows and looks eastward to expand, the area that was first settled by native inhabitants becomes the focus of waterfront redevelopment. Students are challenged to consider water quality, manmade pollution and potential to transform our neglected “other river” into a source of vitality and recreation. Maps of the Anacostia River and articles from the Post July 2004 five-part series on the Anacostia River Waterfront Initiative are provided to give background for students to propose their own waterfront design. The Law and Order section features an introduction to judicial activism and Justice William O. Douglas. In 1954, Justice Douglas challenged Post editors to walk the length of the C&O Canal. Students are asked to read his letter to the editor and evaluate its persuasiveness.

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