1937 Construction of Greenbelt, Maryland Timelines: Timeline of American Garden History
Modeled after Ebenezer Howard’s garden city ideal developed in England, Greenbelt, Maryland is a planned community built by the Federal Government during the Great Depression.
The landscape blends Art Deco and Modern design elements within a park-like setting to create an interesting juxtaposition of styles. A road rings the outside, while homes face the interior parks connected by sidewalks and underpasses leading to a community center and shopping. Agricultural plots were designated on the outer edges for growing food.
Although it attempted to uphold the ideals of a cooperative community of the New Deal era, the city was racially exclusive. Only whites were allowed to move in to this seemingly ideal garden city.
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