Thursday, July 10, 2008

Interesting...but necessary?

Imagine the drab fortress of the FBI building in Washington, D.C. gone, the freeways and ramps around the Kennedy Center covered by parks and boulevards, and a Metro stop near the Jefferson Memorial.

A sweeping plan unveiled today would make Washington more open, inviting and less "9-to-5," which anyone who lives there knows is problematic.

The National Capital Framework Plan is highly critical of much of the 1960s and 1970s-era construction that surrounds the Mall, at turns calling it "hostile," "unwelcoming" and "imposing."

But with D.C. already considered one of the nation's most pleasant, walkable cities, is such a plan really important in a time most consider to be a recession?