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Monday, April 4, 2016

Washington DC

[Cover]"Many of the reasons for Washington's crude and unfinished state lay in more than six decades of congressional inaction and neglect. Over the years, most members of Congress had been loath to spend money for streets, transportation, lighting, and sewers, much less for schools and police, for a city they regarded as their encampment for the fall and winter months. For them the very idea of a capital occupying neutral ground on the banks of the Potomac was something of an anomaly, a curiosity of the Constitution to be tolerated during the months the houses were in session and to be forgotten when they were in recess." Washington : a history of our national city is available at AFPLS.