A circa-1939 aerial of Greenbelt, Maryland. The Community Building, Public Swimming Pool and GREENBELT CENTER may be seen in the upper left.
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The New Deal garden suburb concept stipulated that each green community would have a shopping center as its nucleus. Center cities, such as GREENBELT CENTER, were designed with the nation's emerging car culture in mind...in fact, they helped define it.
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Shucking corn at one of the community farms in the Greenhills greenbelt. Over 60 farms were maintained in the forests of Greenhills and Greendale. The central city shopping center of Greenhills even had a Farmer's Market in its parking lot. The Greenbelt garden city did not have community farms.
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Greendale City Manager Walter Kroenig consults with a farmer at the city's dairy plant. The photo was taken in June of 1941.
Photo from Library of Congress / John Vachon