Production, Distribution, and Repair: a Bike Tour of DC’s Industrial Past

date Saturday, 2 June 2012 time 10:30 a.m.

Elena Goukassian David Ramos


Every city has some kind of industrial heart. DC’s is better hidden than most, concealed behind the bulk of Union Station and hunkered down near the rivers. We will ride through neighborhoods around Capitol Hill, the Navy Yard, and the Southeast/Southwest Waterfront, seeking out places where people made things, or distribute them, or perhaps make them still.

Close to the water, our route passes by soon-to-close power stations, sewage pumping plants, and the city’s future pollution control tunnel. Farther up the river lies the Navy Yard, once one of the country’s premier gun factories. Along the way, we’ll ask what role industry has in the life of a thriving, equitable city, and we’ll consider the ways in which our everyday lives are connected to faraway places.


Students will need a bicycle


Meet at Waterfront Metro, 4th and M SW.

Address will be emailed upon registration.

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