January 16, 2018 /
Jona Elwell

A Surprising Feature of Historic Photos

Our fair District is a historic and photogenic city, there is no doubt. When looking a before and after photos of places throughout the city, we found ourselves looking at something else – the evolution of street trees over time!

A selection of Greater Greater Washington Then & Now Posts:

Then and Now: 1329 to 1337 Harvard Street, NW

A lovely street tree caps off this idyllic street.


Then and Now: 13th Street, NW

Can you image how warm that block would be in July?


Then and Now: 1400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue

Penn Ave is looking mighty fine with the addition of a park.


Then and Now: 14th and U

Some color added to that famous intersection. Thanks trees!


In addition to the Greater Greater Washington posts, when we came across the John P. Wymer Collection – about 4,000 images of the District that were taken by John P. Wymer between 1948 to 1952. The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. saved his images over current day Google Street View for some seriously cool and impressive before and afters (all before photos are courtesy of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.):

I could look at those all day. Look how far our urban canopy has come! Help it reach its full potential at