Washington DC Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Wednesday, September 29, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 1 1/2 hours on the campus of Georgetown University and the surrounding area. I then walked for 4 hours in the Federal Triangle area in Washington DC.

Highlights of the Washington DC leg of the tour:

  • I “experienced” the joys of the Washington DC Metro system.  It was confusing at first, but now I love the convenience (but not the price).
  • Georgetown University was nice.  Some lovely views there.
  • It was a joy to walk for 4 hours throughout the Federal Triangle Area.
  • I saw the US Capitol
  • I saw the Washington Monument.
  • I saw all the Senate office buildings.
  • I saw all the House office buildings.
  • I attended a few Smithsonian exhibits (but not nearly enough of them).
  • I did NOT see the White House.
  • I saw the Library of Congress.
  • I saw the US Supreme Court.
  • I got to take a 3 hour nap when I got back to my hotel.  Believe it or not, I actually went to sleep at 4:00 PM.
  • I managed to be indoors while bad weather was beginning to hit the area.

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about the District of Columbia:

  • Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790.  Article One of the United States Constitution provides for a federal district, distinct from the states, to serve as the permanent national capital.
  • The City of Washington was originally a separate municipality within the federal territory until an act of Congress in 1871  established a single, unified municipal government for the whole District. It is for this reason that the city, while legally named the District of Columbia, is known as Washington, D.C. The city shares its name with the U.S. state of Washington, which is located on the country’s Pacific coast.
  • The city is located on the north bank of the Potomac River and is bordered by the states of Virginia to the southwest and Maryland  to the other sides. The District has a resident population of 599,657; because of commuters from the surrounding suburbs, its population rises to over one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which the District is a part, has a population of 5.4 million, the eighth-largest metropolitan area in the country.
  • The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are located in the District, as are many of the nation’s monuments and museums. Washington, D.C. hosts 174 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The headquarters of other institutions such as trade unions, lobbying groups, and professional associations are also located in the District.
  • James Madison expounded the need for a federal district on January 23, 1788, in his “Federalist No. 43”, arguing that the national capital needed to be distinct from the states in order to provide for its own maintenance and safe. An attack on the Congress at Philadelphia by a mob of angry soldiers, known as the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783, had emphasized the need for the government to see to its own security. Therefore, the authority to establish a federal capital was provided in Article One, Section Eight, of the United States Constitution, which permits a “District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States”. The Constitution does not, however, specify a location for the new capital. In what later became known as the Compromise of 1790, Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson  came to an agreement that the federal government would assume war debt carried by the states, on the condition that the new national capital would be located in the Southern United States.

Next stop, MARYLAND – Arundell Mills Mall near the Baltimore Washington Airport.