Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Another example of DC's being interpreted in the context of the federal/national capital narrative

Photograph, class trip to Washington, Clinton High School, 1933
Photograph, class trip to Washington, Clinton High School, 1933.

We picked up this photo at Building Character in Lancaster. It was priced a bit too high for our taste, but it's cool nonetheless and we broke down and bought it. We don't know which "Clinton High School" it's from as there are probably a few dozen high schools with the same name--named after people or places--across the country.

It's a great example of how "DC" is visited (or was visited) by so many people from across the country because of the fact that the city is the National Capital, and home to the headquarters of the three branches of the National Government, as well as various national monuments, museums, and historic sites.

This narrative is hard to counter-program against, so "selling" the local history story becomes quite difficult.

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