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Letter to George A. Garrett Concerning the Redevelopment of Southwest Washington.

January 06, 1956

[Released January 6, 1956. Dated January 1, 1956]

Dear Mr. Garrett:

I am very glad to have your final report concerning the Redevelopment of Southwest Washington. It is indeed heartening to know that the efforts of the agencies cooperating in the project will result in early initiation of construction and in a complete rebuilding of the designated area. Certainly the Capital of this great nation deserves to be a symbol of our best efforts to provide decent housing and attractive urban living.

I should want the cooperating agencies to know, therefore, that in the furtherance of these plans and achievement of the redevelopment benefits that you point out so graphically, they will have earned the lasting gratitude of the people of Washington and, indeed, of the entire nation.

In expediting the redevelopment plans you have made an important contribution. I am very grateful for your devoted efforts in this public service.



Note: Mr. Garrett served as the President's representative in the coordination of plans for the redevelopment of Southwest Washington. His report is in the form of a 3-page letter dated Washington, December 21, 1955

The letter refers to the progress made since the President's request of March 15, 1955, that he undertake to expedite the project, and to the cooperation of the National Capital Planning Commission, the Washington Real Estate Board, the District Commissioners, the General Services Administration, the Housing and Home Finance Agency, the Redevelopment Land Agency, the National Capital Housing Authority, the Commission of Fine Arts, as well as the newspapers of Washington and other private firms and individuals.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Letter to George A. Garrett Concerning the Redevelopment of Southwest Washington. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/234014

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