Hello from the sunny side of the Cloud! I hope all is well in your part of the world.
In my most recent blogs, I’ve been reviewing the green credentials of cities that I visit. I’ve been doing this to raise awareness about the importance of preserving our world. This time, I’m visiting Washington D.C., the capital of the United States of America.
Home of the Senate and House of Representatives
I think that Washington should be a shining example of greenness just like it is an example for freedom and prosperity around the world. So how does the ‘Capital of the Free World’ find itself so heavily polluted? The answer to this question is complex. First of all, Washington D.C. is administered by the Congress of the USA. All city services and plans; including police and fire services, and even trash collection are controlled by acts of Congress. Under partisan conditions, it can be difficult for parties to agree on anything and, unfortunately, the nation’s capital is at the mercy of their disagreements. More importantly, Congress, as the administrators are not really residents of Washington. They live outside of the federal district in comfortable suburbs when they are not back in their home states. Finally, the environmental focus is greatly influenced by the policy of the government in power. The current chief executive is an admitted climate sceptic, and this affects the administration of the federal district.
The Washington Monument built in memory of George Washington
We all should have Dreams!
Most tourists visit the Mall and occasionally visit the surrounding government district. There are interesting attractions like Ford’s Theatre, where President Lincoln was shot, the National Geographic Museum, the campus of George Washington University and the Watergate Complex. Both the White House and Lafayette Park across the street are interesting places to visit. Across the Potomac River are important sites like the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. Washington celebrates the history and power of the entire United States.
Capitol Hill – Washington DC
Visiting Washington is easy. Dulles is the international airport while Ronald Regan Airport serves domestic cities and is close to downtown. Baltimore Airport is an alternative for the surrounding area. Public transportation is readily available with the subway and also an extensive bus system.
Washington’s Memorial to its 16th President Abraham Lincoln
These historic communities are lively with restaurants, pubs, markets and malls. These are a good place to stay because they offer more life after-hours than the federal district.
There are excellent restaurants to fit any taste and budget. I especially like the Capital Grille on Pennsylvania Avenue because it is a fun place for great food and to see the nation’s leaders enjoy a meal. The Old Ebbit Grill is another historic landmark that is close to the White House and a great place to relive the historic past of this great city.
I hope you enjoy your visit to Washington D.C. While you are there, encourage world leaders to think green for a brighter future!