District of Columbia
Washington, D.C. is a federal district, distinct from the states, to serve
as the permanent national capital.
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 about 600,000.
The population during the workweek rises to over one million. The
Washington metropolitan area, which
includes the area of D.C., has a population of 5.3 million.
The Washington Monument
The monument was damaged during the Virginia earthquake of August 23, 2011
and Hurricane Irene in
the same year; it remains closedto the public while the structure is assessed
and repaired. The National
Park Service estimates the monument will be closed until 2014. Difficulties
in repair include complexities
such as the time needed to erect scaffolding.
Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states of Maryland and
(L) The Capitol viewed from the Washington Monument
(R) The stature of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincon Memorial
The Washington Monument is mirrored in the Reflecting Pool.
The U.S. Capitol building and the pond
The Capitol building
The Capitol building and a goose
Washington, D.C. is a planned city. The design for the City of Washington
was largely the work of Piere C.
L'Enfant, a French-born architect, engineer, and city planner. President
Washington empowered L'Enfant
to plan the layout of the new capital in 1791. L'Enfant's plan was modeled
in the Baroque style and in-
corporated avenues radiating out from rectangles, providing room for open
space and landscaping. His
design also envisioned a garden-lined grand avenue 1.6 km in length and
120 m wide in the area that is
now the National Mall.
The National Mall, which links the Capitol, Washington Memorial and Lincoln
was the 1901 Mc Millan Plan.
The city plan was finalized by McMillan in 1901. It included the re-landscaping
of Capitol grounds and the Mall,
constructing new Federal buildings and monuments, clearing slums, and establishing
a citywide park system.
Architects recruited by the committee kept much of the city's original
layout, and their work is thought to be
largely in keeping with L'Enfant's intended design.
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A welcome message to the White House and a side gate, which is not open
The northern wall of White House and a police car
A souvenir photo shot at the south fence of the White House
A lovely squirrel in the national park of District of Columbia
The Washington Monument and a flower in a park
The Department of Treasury and the official, surrounded by packages of
newly minted currency,
counting and wrapping dollar bills. Washington, D.C., 1907
Seals of the Department of Treasury, United States
(L) Cherry trees are in full bloom at Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, photographed
in April 1961 .
(R) Beautiful cherry trees link around the Tidal Basin. Washington Monument
is visible, in the distance.
(L) The photograph shows the White House in a snowy Christmas time, in
(R) A tourist is enjoying the eastern end of the National Mall and the
capitol ground in early spring., April 1974.
(L) A cherry-blossom parade on the Constitution Avenue (R) Miss Cherry
Blossom Queen contest in D.C
Both photos were taken in April 1962.
A cherry blossom parade is in progress on the Constitution Avenue.
Both photos were taken in April 1962.
8mm film 1962 A beautiful spring time in Washington, DC and Cherry Blossom
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The article was written and photographs were taken by Dr. J. Miyamoto,
in October 2010,
unless otherwise described. Information about the damage to the Washington
the 2011 Virginia Earthquake, occurred in August 2011, and it under repair
was added in 2012.