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Glenn DeMarr of the National Park Service checks out the iron base of the Truxton Circle fountain at Fort Washington Nation Park.
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Glenn DeMarr of the National Park Service checks out the iron base of the Truxton Circle fountain at Fort Washington Nation Park.

Truxton Circle, a neighborhood in Northwest, D.C., was named after the city's infamous traffic circles and a fountain that was removed in the 1940's. The circle was constructed in 1901 and removed in 1947, as part of the widening of North Capitol Street. Today there's some debate over what the neighborhood is actually called.

The remains of the circle's fountain sit in Fort Washington Park in Maryland. The National Park Service manages a curious outdoor storage area that contains other remnants of D.C. monuments, including Truxton Fountain, which today is damaged beyond repair. But some residents in the Truxton Circle, Bloomingdale and Eckington neighborhoods are interested in bringing it back, or at least calming the busy traffic on North Capitol Street.

"The whole purpose of them taking and removing the circle and developing the street is because they wanted to get commuters in and out of the city," says Mitchell, president of North Capitol Main Street, a non-profit working to revitalize the North Capitol corridor. "And when your sole focus is on driving commuters, then you can destroy and disconnect neighborhoods."

The pressure to develop the area is coming from new affluent residents, and the rapid increase in real estate value. Change is imminent in the historic Truxton Circle neighborhood, but revitalization could bring the area one step closer to reclaiming a lost name.

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