"I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further." The 501st Legion goes to the Capitol in support of the Museum of Science Fiction.
In late 1959 through 1960, the Capitol Dome underwent a significant repair and restoration effort and at the end of 1959 the exterior of the Dome was surrounded by scaffold.
One of the great things about living in D.C. is all of the fantastic book stores all over town. My absolute favorite is Capitol Hill Books in the Eastern Market neighborhood close to Capitol Hill. Jim, the owner is judgmental, cantankerous, and completely hilarious.
If you ever get the chance to visit, it’s certainly worth it!
Capitol Hill Books: 657 C St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
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Metro’s promotional video from the system’s inauguration in 1976. The temporal idiosyncrasies are worth examining.
The emphasis on security, from the station attendant’s panopticon on the mezzanine, to the CCTV system, to Metro’s own security force, is reflective of the pervasive fear of crime that started with the ‘68 riots and is only now bleeding out.
It’s startling to see the headline from a contemporary newspaper, "Rapid Transit Wins Easily in Suburbs’ Vote", and contrast that with the tooth and nail fighting over the expansion of the Silver Line into Northern Virginia’s western suburbs. Loudoun County wrangled with the decision for years, even with generous federal subsidies and the unquestionable benefits of the accessibility of an expanded transit system that would finally reach Dulles International Airport.
And you can’t beat these tunes.
"In an energy-conscious era, Metro will make a lot of sense to many of us as a practical means of transportation"
"They were designed to provide comfortable transportation in every season of the year."
"The underground stations, just like the trains, are air-conditioned for year-round comfort."
"The waiting platforms have been moved away from the wall, to allow for comfortable indirect lighting and to discourage graffiti"
"Spacious vaults with high ceilings give a timeless quality to station design, while providing structural strength and an unobstructed view for safety’s sake"
Celebrated my 20th last night