"City of Monuments, Diplomats, and History" Washington D.C. by deecat
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"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world."
George Bernard Shaw
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WASHINGTON D.C., some people say, is really a city with 4 "faces". It's 1st face is the one that we all see as visitors & tourists...the administrative city face. Just think of the power of this Washington with its vast military & bureaucratic machines that run our country. That would include all the Federal workers who live in the city, the Pentagon, the Capitol, &, of course, the White House.
The 2nd face of Washington D.C. is the social city, mostly located in Georgetown, Embassy Row, and Kalorama. The people who inhabit this city have one thing in common: they all have power!
Unfortunately, the 3rd city face is the one that was ONCE called "the murder capitol of the world"...It is 70% African American and is hidden by the powers on high so that tourists never see it. (How sad.) Within the last few years, this face has changed for the better; it is no longer the "murder capitol", and the community has worked long & hard to clean up the "crack" problem.
And, finally, there is the 4th face of Washington which is really located in the suburbs of Chevy Chase, Arlington, Bethesda, and it also includes Marland's Montgomery County and Virginia's Fairfax and Prince George counties.
This is the "Residential & Business" Washington.
For tourists & visitors, the only Washington D.C. they will see is the Washington that I, too, saw.
I noticed that this city closes down early because the powerful politicians dictate Washington's night life. The personality of the President in power determines how "social" the scene is.
But, for we visitors, Washington D.C. is a beautiful city with outstanding & varied architecture from Egyptian, Greek, Victorian and Post-Modern styles The buildings here are great & imposing...Pennsylvania Avenue with its White House, US Capitol & Supreme Court.
Then to the south is the Federal Triangle with the Departments of Justice, Agriculture, the National Archives, Federal Trade Commission, & the Internal Revenue.
Just across the river, you find the Pentagon, & in the Virginia suburbs the CIA headquarters is housed.
One needs plenty of time to see this tourist area, so don't rush your visit.
- Pros:Historic, Wonderful Architecture, Plenty of Open Spaces
- Cons:The hidden dangers, lack of much "fine" dining
- In a nutshell:A City that is Living History
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