Located just 12 miles from the nation’s capitol, Greenbelt Maryland is a planned community born out of the Great Depression of the 1930s. After nearly 75 years the city still maintains its small town atmosphere, beautiful parks, playgrounds, cooperative spirit and some of the most unique and affordable housing in the Washington Metropolitan area. Greenbelt has a rich history which continues to shape the community to this day.
|Originally referred to as Maryland Special Project No. 1, the project was officially given the name Greenbelt when the Division of Suburban Resettlement of the Resettlement Administration began construction on January 13, 1936, approximately 8 miles north of Washington, D.C. The complete Greenbelt plans were reviewed at the White House by President Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on April 30, 1936. The first tenants, after being selected through a stringent and restrictive application process, moved into the town, which consisted of structures built in the Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, and Bauhaus architectural styles, on September 30, 1937. Greenbelt is credited as a historic milestone in urban development, which includes its role as having served as the initial model for the privately constructed suburban Washington, D.C. planned cities of Reston, Virginia and Columbia, Maryland. Known locally as Old Greenbelt, the original, federally-built core of the city was recognized as the Greenbelt Historic District by the Maryland Historical Trust, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark District. Today, much of the original landscape within this federal government town still exists. In addition to that, it has expanded to integrate high-rise office buildings, shopping centers, town houses, garden apartments, and private development. Also, with the construction of Kenilworth Avenue, Baltimore-Washington Parkway, and Capital Beltway that meet in Greenbelt, the region has become a hub of major commercial and residential development within the county of Prince George’s.|
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