A Grand Plan

by Anne Elizabeth Powell, Editor in Chief; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2004, Vol. 74, Issue 12, Pg. 38-47

Document Type: Feature article


The nation's capital was conceived as a glorious symbol of the American democracy and it became precisely that. But it has also developed into a vibrant urban center that juxtaposes a monumental core with residential neighborhoods beyond. Washington: Symbol and City, an exhibit that recently reopened at the National Building Museum, explains in a story line that commences with the very beginnings of the new American capital and concludes with 20th-century revitalization efforts why city is such an intriguing study in urban planning.

Subject Headings: Urban development | Assets | Urban areas | Residential location | Public buildings | Washington | United States

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