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beyond the Kuiper Belt, over the sea

Brief Presidential Notes

January 20th, 2009 by Kit

The man sure can give a speech; here’s to hoping he returns some appreciation for and skill with oratory to the general discourse.  His speech was by far the best, though the benediction at the end had some things going for it; I particularly liked “tanks into tractors”.

But here is what I thought, as the camera panned out to sweeping views of the Mall: L’Enfant did a really good job at making a city that inspires, a city that, while not good for being a real city, is good for sweeping ideas about a Just Government.  The emanating boulevards, the open parks, the use of elevation.  It has some stuff going for it.

Well, here’s hoping for social justice and better education in the next four (maybe eight?) years.

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  • Chris

    No no no.

    The diagonals are absolutely anti-urban, and they suck. All of the time.

    The other design elements are positive. The bigger problem is that the city has no natural reason for existing. And I hope you’re not crediting him with the “use of elevation” just because there’s a hill in the middle of it.

  • kit

    OK, to tell the truth, I was crediting him with the prior existence of a hill. But you’re right; it’s a no-brainer to put the Capitol on the highest point in a marsh.

    Yes, the city has no natural reason for existing; that’s much of what I mean by “not good for being a real city.” Don’t forget, I am a Jane Jacobs fanboy.