Fearful City

A hodge podge of security installations and congestion from street closures, are damaging the local economic and moral health of the nation's capitol.
November 21, 2001, 8am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The number of visitors to Washington, D.C. has dropped off considerably since the terrorist attacks, but those who do come to the Nation's Capital are met by closed streets and a jumble of temporary security measures. The need for safety measures is evident, but there are ways to mitigate the impact. The National Capital Planning Commission released a report proposing that "security measures in the monumental core of the city be drawn from a common vocabulary of security-enhancing benches, planters, bollards and other barriers. Besides making the city look less under siege, such coordination could actually make it safe....The meticulous planning that made Washington a graceful capital ought not to be undone by an onslaught of unplanned security measures."

Thanks to Marybeth Murphy

Published on Saturday, November 17, 2001 in The Washington Post
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