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Can D.C's Homeless Live in Discarded Subway Cars?

Visionary architect Arthur Cotton Moore’s latest idea: an affordable housing project built out of old Metro cars.
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Last month, The Washington Post floated a pretty wild idea: transforming discarded Metro cars into housing for the homeless. The man behind the notion is architect Arthur Cotton Moore, who happens to be a neighbor of ours here at the Watergate complex. So we walked over to his top-floor apartment to learn more.

A sixth-generation Washingtonian, Moore, 81, has been an avid urban recycler for decades. He’s restored historic spaces such as the Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Buildings of the Library of Congress, the Cairo Hotel, and the Old Post Office Pavilion and designed new ones like the Phillips Collection. The apartment he and his wife, Patricia, share overlook one such project—the Washington Harbour complex on the Potomac River.