Maybe it’s just the time of year and the color of the leaves, but Washington DC really is an impressive city. I’m really struck by how much the city planning and historic architecture have withstood the test of time.
To an outsider, this really does feel like the capital of the free world. To me, parts of Washington are also devoid of the character and messiness that is unavoidable in a place like New York (which I love).
It’s such an interesting time in our country’s history - we’re struggling with some huge political/social issues and yet we are also on the cusp of a major shift in the economy towards empowering the masses (Airbnb, Uber, Etsy, etc.). Though Washington stands as an awesome statement about our country, it feels like just that: a symbol. The real innovation and progress is happening elsewhere.
I can only hope that our government is able to adapt to this world and stand the test of time in the same way that the physical city has. (at Capitol Hill)