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Locals fear “another High Line” as designers of popular NYC park plan DC section of C&O Canal NHP

When John Quincy Adams first broke ground on the Chesapeake and Ohio (better known as the C&O) Canal in 1828, the hope was that the 185-mile route would serve as a vital trade path between Maryland and DC. For a number of years after its completion, it was just that, a vessel to transport boats carrying cargo and products such as coal up and down the man-made waterway. For most of the past two centuries, it’s simply been a scenic park, stretching all the way to Cumberland, Maryland.

These days, it’s hard to believe boats ever traveled up and down the C&O Canal–the DC portion has been drained since last November, leaving only a dried up stretch of land for passers-by to look at. Now, a nonprofit is heading up a project to revitalize the section of the canal that passes through Georgetown, and it’s teamed up with James Corner Field Operations, the architecture firm that worked on New York’s High Line, to get the job done.



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