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Old April 4th, 2009, 02:36 PM   #141
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I don't think DC is the most powerful city on the face of the Earth ... it shares power with other cities, such as NYC, London, and Beijing. The degree of power separation between them is not a primate relationship with DC on top. It's much closer than that. Also, other cities in the States have cumulative power over DC - but they haven't used it at all. If it would be compared to an American Football game, DC might have beat NYC last week, but only by a field goal 30-27.

Great photos, by the way. DC rocks as a city.
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Old April 5th, 2009, 04:47 AM   #142
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I don't think DC is the most powerful city on the face of the Earth ... it shares power with other cities, such as NYC, London, and Beijing. The degree of power separation between them is not a primate relationship with DC on top. It's much closer than that. Also, other cities in the States have cumulative power over DC - but they haven't used it at all. If it would be compared to an American Football game, DC might have beat NYC last week, but only by a field goal 30-27.

Great photos, by the way. DC rocks as a city.
I think that as the capital of what is currently the most powerful country on earth, It is indeed the most powerful.

Dont underestimate the city's local economy either. This isnt just a political city- far from it.
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Old April 5th, 2009, 05:25 AM   #143
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Great shots in this thread. Very enjoyable viewing.

Pity about the silly title though...kinda ruins what is potentially a very good thread actually. Why? Because the title will only incite arguments and the usual back and fourth crap that will inevitably take this thread down the wrong path. This is simply a photographic urban showcase, where we can enjoy and discuss photographs, architecture and urbanity, and not get into a whole political debate! That's a whole other thread!

Also, if people take the time to do their homework properly then they will find out why Washington DC's architecture is so heavily influenced by European architecture.
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Old April 5th, 2009, 05:30 AM   #144
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Washingtown, capital of the military and political power of the Imperial Republic... and NY, capital of the US and world capitalism
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Old June 20th, 2009, 07:53 AM   #145
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does anyone else have any good architecture shots of DC? continue posting!!!
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Old June 20th, 2009, 08:08 AM   #146
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certainly one of the most beautiful modern capitals of the world, if not the most beautiful.
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Old June 20th, 2009, 08:55 AM   #147
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The intersections of Massachusetts Ave., Rhode Island Ave., Connecticut Ave., Vermont Ave. and K Street NW form a five-pointed star. I'm not sure if it is a coincidence or not..... but the street layout form the pentagram.

It is no secret that George Washington (who commissioned the design of Washington D.C. and its layout) was a practicing Mason (freemason) and maybe he intentionally wanted the capital to have this type of street plan.

Maybe that is the reason why Washingont D.C. became the most (or one of the most) powerful cities in the world.

Washington DC's pentagram design links Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Mount Vernon Square, Washington Circle and The White House with each location at the points. The Pentagram places The White House at the apex of the point and links it, via Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol Building. Some see this pattern, along with the Pennsylvania Avenue linkage, to form the five pointed star. Does this mean that Washington DC is secretly aligned with a powerful force?

Cool, I didn't know that...

Great pictures!
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Old June 21st, 2009, 11:14 PM   #148
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A fantastic city to be sure, however, when I went there in person, I was a tad dissappointed. It was almost like there was a museum of old architecture in the middle of the city, surrounded by prominent commercial buildings full of lobbying groups / defense contractors / embassies. However, outside of this nucleus of government, the rest of the city and its surroundings, especially in Maryland, were quite dire in their condition, and as a result, the city itself has an artificial, almost out of place feel, like it didn't actually belong there.... I guess its the same with Ottawa, though less star in its contrast.
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 01:44 AM   #149
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Great pictures of DC I enjoyed looking at them, I just think that the title of your thread is a tad arrogant though.
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 01:57 AM   #150
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outside of this nucleus of government, the rest of the city and its surroundings, especially in Maryland, were quite dire in their condition
Im sorry but this is an extremely ignorant comment
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London, England, is more powerful.
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 04:02 PM   #152
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 06:02 PM   #153
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 04:44 AM   #154
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London is no longer the powerful city it once was, although its beautiful
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 04:53 AM   #155
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Ehhh its hard to say because these cities are completely different.

The National Mall is really unique. No other city or capitol has a system of FREEEEEEEEE world class museums (Smithsonian). And you cannot forget the monuments and memorials.

Washington D.C. is strictly government and isn't cosmopolitan[. The city runs on government agencies or its affiliates. There aren't any industries. (well, tourism of course). Besides, D.C. is a quarter the size of those cities. Most people live in the suburbs and commute.

D.C. is probally the most cosmopolitan capital in the world
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 02:55 PM   #156
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Nice city!
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 06:27 PM   #157
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D.C. is probally the most cosmopolitan capital in the world
What is cosmopolitan about DC? IMO places like London, Paris or Berlin are much more cosmopolitan than DC, which is full of bureaucrats and civil servants. After 6pm the city is essentially dead (except for Georgetown).
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Old June 24th, 2009, 09:54 AM   #158
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The greenbacks circulating in the American economy belong to a bank, headquartered in London, England.
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What is cosmopolitan about DC? IMO places like London, Paris or Berlin are much more cosmopolitan than DC, which is full of bureaucrats and civil servants. After 6pm the city is essentially dead (except for Georgetown).
Clearly you've never been to Capitol Hill, Dupont, Adams-Morgan, U-Street, etc. at night. But why does that matter. The time the city shuts down has nothing to do with how cosmoplotian it is.
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So what is cosmopolitan about it? And are we talking about the same "Capitol Hill" (where the capitol is located...or is there another area with the same name). All I can say is that DC didn't exactly strike me as an exciting or cosmopolitan city (how many foreigners are living in the city?).
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