When Downtown DC Really Was a Parking Lot

Think They Had to Feed the Meters?

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You think parking's bad in D.C. these days? Check out this photo, recently released by the National Archives, of cars wedged into just about every available inch near downtown during a bus strike in May 1974. (Thanks to The Atlantic for combing through the set and highlighting this photo.)

When Downtown D.C. Really Was a Parking Lot was originally published by Washington City Paper on Nov. 16, 2011.

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