Down pre­par­ing the Un­der­ground

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - For a video, visit wapo.st/dupont­de­mo­li­tion.

Work­ers in­clud­ing Ral­ston Cox, with sledge­ham­mer, join a vol­un­teer crew to help de­mol­ish a food court un­der Dupont Cir­cle. Opened in 1949 as a trol­ley sta­tion, some 75,000 square feet of plat­forms and tun­nels were closed in late 1961, af­ter the Dis­trict’s street­car sys­tem shut down. A group in­tends to turn the space into Dupont Un­der­ground, an ex­hi­bi­tion space for artis­tic en­deav­ors in­clud­ing gal­leries and films.

PHO­TOS BY KATE PAT­TER­SON FOR THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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