In 1969, the first year of the Hamilton Program
in Washington, the capital was still a city "of Northern charm
and Southern efficiency" as President John Kennedy described
it some years earlier. As the program has matured, so has the capital,
which is now a global center of culture, the arts, recreation and
cosmopolitan diversity, as well as political power. L'Enfant's plan
has come to fruition in beautiful, broad boulevards, lined with
monuments, government agencies, museums, restaurants and manicured
open spaces. It is also a city of comfortable, shaded neighborhoods
from Georgetown and Dupont Circle to Capitol Hill and the Waterfront,
served by an efficient municipal government and a public transportation
system that includes an extensive and even pleasant subway system.
Not only is American history palpable at every turn, but so is the
future of the country and its cities.