Greenbelt in 2012

A photo blog about Greenbelt, Maryland in its 75th anniversary year


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I am a resident of Greenbelt, Maryland, a suburban town about 15 miles from the center of Washington, D.C. Greenbelt is not a large city, with about 23,000 people at the 2010 census, but it is a town with a proud history. It was the first of three planned garden cities built by the U.S. Government during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, and it was a rare experiment in community planning. This year, in 2012, Greenbelt is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its founding, and I will be documenting life in Greenbelt in this blog from January 1 to December 31. I will follow city events and I also would like to include activities by Greenbelt organizations and interview Greenbelt residents. My goal is to produce a photographic record of Greenbelt in 2012 as the FSA photographers such as Arthur Rothstein and Marjory Collins did during the early years of the town’s history. I am interested in seeing how this New Deal experiment has worked out 75 years later.

Written by eric

January 3, 2012 at 7:53 am

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  1. Looks great! How about adding an RSS feed so those of us who use feeds can follow easily? Susan

    susan harris

    January 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

  2. Thank you for doing this project! I’ve already learned some very interesting pieces of information about our fun little city.


    February 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

    • Thanks so much Eric for taking all these great pictures!

      Geoff Dabelko

      March 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

  3. Would you consider doing a piece on the co-op nursery school? Lots of cute kids for great pictures.


    April 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

  4. Are the pictures from the News Review still up? I couldn’t find them. But it was fun looking. Beautiful pictures all. Thank you

    Joanne Tucker

    May 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

  5. Hey, Eric, I’d like to chat with you sometime about coordinating with another Greenbelt blog. Shoot me an email. I’m also closeby in 5 court.

    susan harris

    June 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

  6. Great photos! Please post a shot of the Astronomical Society of Greenbelt Observatory at Northway Fields. Another unique feature of this exceptional community.

    Harris Maclay

    August 1, 2012 at 12:30 am

  7. Fellow Greenbelter here and I just wanted to say it’s great that you’ve created this site and are documenting this wonderful neighborhood we call home. I look forward to reading your posts. Like the T-shirt says, Greenbelt is Great!


    August 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

  8. Just found your blog. It is great , really nice photos. What are you using to take the photos? I hope you continue the blog after the 75th year anniversary.


    September 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm

  9. Eric, this is an excellent project and will a priceless gift to the community. I commend your hard work and effort. Thank you!


    October 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm

  10. Thank you for this project! What a treasure.

    Laura Beckert

    January 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  11. Well done Eric. I just created Google+ and Facebook groups for the Greenbelt Lakewood Civic Association to celebrate the housing community and I was so impressed with your featured stories promoting the goodness and fascinating people that make Greenbelt so great that I posted one of your articles to the group at Good job.

    Daniel Gomez

    March 4, 2014 at 7:08 am

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