The McMillan Reservoir

“The park was conceived of as part of “a necklace of emeralds,” large permanent reserves of open green space connected by trails that would ring the city. “ -from the McMillan Sand Filtration Site Wikipedia entry.

For the longest time, I was convinced that the CIA had a secret facility under the McMillan Reservoir.  Why else would a huge tract of well-positioned land remain undeveloped in DC?

Like with most conspiracy theories, there turned out to be a perfectly plausible reason:  money and politics.

Bloomingdale resident Eva Hambach created a documentary piece about the site development, available on YouTube.

McMillan-The Synopsis

McMillan-The Case for Historic Preservation

McMillan-The Case for Development

Bloomingdale-Toxic Overflow

You can read what Prince of Petworth and the Washington Business Journal have to say on the subject as well.

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