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Civic Improvements

By Government Printing Office

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Book Id: WPLBN0000047969
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Civic Improvements  
Author: Government Printing Office
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Economic & political studies
Collections: Government Library Collection, Government Printing Office
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Publisher: Government Printing Office


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Excerpt: The dawn of the twentieth century brought a new interest in the capital city and its place in American culture. Washington had been the seat of government for a century, variously nurtured or starved by the officials it served, but growing steadily until it boasted over a quarter million souls. Monumental buildings like the Capitol; the White House; the Navy, War, and State Building; and the Library of Congress were the pride of America. They represented a staggering investment that helped silence talk of relocating the capital. Proposals for additional government buildings were being made, particularly for sites along the Mall and on Capitol Hill. For some civic leaders the new century seemed a good time to study the city’s history, examine its present situation, and explore its potential for improvement. Spurred by the so-called City Beautiful Movement, prophets of urban America hoped to reform and embellish urban areas, making them healthy by building extensive parklands and dignified by erecting beautiful buildings and monuments. Although the movement was rooted in the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, its national laboratory was Washington, with Capitol Hill becoming a large part of the noble experiment.

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