A good reason (for the city) to let FBI leave DC
Image of the FBI Building from the Parenthetic Life.
The Post advocates in an editorial today, "The next FBI HQ," for the FBI leaving the city, because their modern building on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Downtown is falling apart.
A sensible course is to move the FBI to a campus-style site — think of the CIA, but with better access to mass transit — in the suburbs. Prince George’s County, which has plenty of available space near Metro stations, is one obvious place to look. (As it happens, the FBI eyed a site in the county near the Greenbelt station, the northern terminus of the Green Line, several years ago.) At a stroke, that would solve the FBI’s space problems, rid the District of a damnable eyesore and open the way for the creative redevelopment of a prime site along “America’s Main Street.”
The FBI Tour is presently closed. No date has been set for its reopening. In the meantime, please learn all about the FBI on this website. You can also visit other museums in the nation’s capital featuring FBI exhibits and information, including the Newseum and “G-Men and Journalists” exhibit, the National Crime and Punishment Museum, and the International Spy Museum.
The Post is right, let the building go to the suburbs. The suburbs will think they win when they get the complex, but instead, they'll get the negatives--a federal complex that has limited spillover benefit. DC has plenty of those negatives already.