Washington Buildup

by John Casey, Assistant Editor; Civil Engineering, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 10, Pg. 64-67

Document Type: Feature article


Despite its reputation as a city mired in fiscal crisis, Washington, D. C., continues to improve its basic infrastructure. A look at three ongoing projects—a sports arena, a waste water treatment upgrade and a plan to improve the city's Monumental Core—shows how the nation's capital is busy reinventing itself. To page through a few current articles on the state of our nation's capital is to understand that the media is not kind to Washington, D. C. Several recent articles covering the city's financial problems and the state of its support services have generally characterized the capital as a monument to decay. Reports of Washington's demise, however, are greatly exaggerated. Many major construction projects are currently underway in the Washington metropolitan area, including important transportation infrastructure improvements to both the airport and subway system, a new sports facility and a capacity upgrade of a critical waste water treatment facility. In addition, a new planning document to improve and enhance the city's Monumental Core is scheduled to be approved soon.

Subject Headings: Washington | United States

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