This week’s Sunday column takes up the question of where a new museum, devoted to Latino Americans, should go. On the Mall? At the base of the United States Capitol? Or somewhere better situated to drive larger urban design goals for the city of Washington? I prefer the last of … Continue Reading A New Museum on the Mall?
As gripes go, I admit it is a small one. But it’s sad to see windows appear in new buildings only to be covered over from the inside when a retailer with a basic corporate template for the floor plan moves in. You see this all over Washington, and in other … Continue Reading Open those windows
There are unexamined pieties to Washington urban design thinking that continue to hold the city back. Last Sunday, I used my Washington Post column to examine one of the most sacred of these: The fetish for the 1901 McMillan plan, which assumes the National Mall is sacred space and must … Continue Reading The Sunday Column
I received a brief email from a reader who took issue (I think) with my review of the Academy Award nominated “The Garden,” appearing in today’s “Post.” I framed this documentary, about the contest over a 14-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles, in terms of John Locke’s theory … Continue Reading Put Locke to Work