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September 12, 2010

Why Fenty Lost

Dear Voters:

I know that I’ll have to eat a lot of crow if my prediction is wrong, but I need to try again to explain to Mayor Fenty’s adamant supporters how he alienated so many people. Fenty has run what was essentially a “bricks and mortar” race. His supporters, exemplified by the members of the Washington Post editorial board, accepted his campaign narrative that the rapid building spree of the last four years represented “progress” and mayoral accomplishments. But think of the way many of these building projects were done. Those that weren’t already started under Mayor Williams began in Fenty’s office with proposals that were kept secret until the last minute from the neighborhoods in which they were to be located, rather than with grassroots neighborhood demands. Since the plans were formulated without citizen input, they alienated the neighborhoods they were supposed to serve. Citizens who went to the so-called “planning meetings” for these projects found out that the plans had already been finalized, and that they were expected to rubber-stamp them. Any serious questions about projects and plans were dismissed by the Fenty administration as unwarranted; any objections from citizens ensured that those citizens were frozen out of future discussions; any opposition from citizens put those citizens on an enemies list, to be treated with scorn and contempt by the administration.

When the building project would be completed, the Fenty administration would brag about its accomplishment. The press would accept the completed project as evidence of progress in the city. And the affected neighborhoods, the citizens who had tried to work with the government, would be left angry and alienated. “Look at all the things I’ve done for you and given you,” said Fenty, and the people would say back, “That wasn’t what we wanted, and you never listened to us when we told you otherwise.” Fenty’s apologists routinely minimize the administration’s disregard and disrespect for its citizens as just a matter of “personality.” But democracy depends on regard and respect for citizens. Fenty’s failure has not been one of personality or of “style,” it has been a failure to govern democratically. Fenty and his apologists argue that democracy is an ineffective way to govern a city, and that unilateral decisions made by a strong man, an autocrat, is the only way to make progress. They are wrong, and dangerously wrong.

The next four years aren’t going to be easy for any mayor. Steve Chapman has written, in reference to the upcoming race to replace retiring Chicago Mayor Richard Daley: “The situation brings to mind what former New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller said when Hugh Carey was elected to his old job in 1974: ‘He thinks it’s going to be fun being governor. It’s only fun being governor of New York if you have money to spend, and I spent it all,’” The Fenty spending spree, which financed the building spree, is over no matter who wins the election; Fenty already spent it all, all we had in reserve. Fenty claims to have made “tough decisions,” but spending money freely when the government has plenty of money isn’t a tough decision. In the next four years, with a restricted budget and a depleted surplus, the mayor will have to make really tough decisions. That’s when the mayor will have to have respect for citizens and for democratic decision making, in order to earn the reciprocal respect of citizens.


Two videos for your amusement: too brief a clip of Vincent Gray, dancing a “hand dance,” and (hat tip to Alan Suderman at City Paper for finding it); and a clip of Marion Barry, singing the blues (and rather well, too), and

Gary Imhoff


At the Polls
Dorothy Brizill,

Before you go to the polls on Tuesday, you may want to peruse the temporary homepage of the DC Board of Elections and Ethics (, where you can check your voter registration, confirm your polling site, review sample ballots, check you absentee ballot or early voting status, and watch a video and interactive demonstration of the new voting equipment the BOEE has acquired. Even though 15,354 individuals have already voted at early voting centers as of Friday, lines at the polls on Tuesday will likely be long, since voter turnout is expected to be very heavy. In the last mayoral primary in the District in 2006, there were 321,087 registered voters, and 106,465 votes were cast on primary day (33.1 percent of all registered voters). In the past four years, however, the District’s voter roll has grown substantially, to 436,669 voters, as of August 31, 2010. Moreover, within the polls there will be two separate lines to process voters — one for individuals who are listed on the BOEE’s rolls as registered voters and another for those who must cast a special ballot (e.g., people voting outside their assigned precincts, people who allege they have erroneously been omitted from the list of registered voters, anyone who has moved and not changed registration address; and those seeking to register on the same day as the primary). Because of the time needed to complete and review paperwork, including the required identification, the lines for the BOEE to process applications for special ballots will be especially long.

In addition to long lines, you can also expect some mischief and mayhem outside the polls. As anyone who has attended the candidate forums and straw polls over the past few months will attest, the campaigns have become increasingly aggressive, rowdy, and thuggish. Electioneering is not permitted within fifty feet of the polls, and BOEE officials are responsible for policing the fifty-foot perimeter. However, the area beyond the fifty-foot limit will likely resemble a wild west show, where anything goes and the supporters of various candidates aggressively try to impress every voter with the merits of their candidates.

Footnote: this year, it will require the vigilance of every voter to ensure an honest election in the District. When you go to the polls, watch and listen; be observant. If you encounter any problem or witness any irregularity, whether inside or outside the polling site, ask to speak to the precinct captain. The captain is empowered by the BOEE to resolve most issues. If you are not satisfied with how the captain has handled a matter, you can insist that they get a BOEE official on the telephone or have one come to the precinct. In any case, be firm about insisting that the captain include a written notation of your problem in the precinct report. In addition, Ken McGhie, the General Counsel of the BOEE, has established an election day hotline to his office, 727-2194, that you can call with any problem not resolved at the precinct level. You can also E-mail the General Counsel at Finally, because of numerous incidents at the early voting centers over the past two weeks, the Metropolitan Police Department will station a police car close to all 143 voting precincts. If you witness any effort to buy votes, to intimidate or threaten voters, report the incident to MPD because it is a District and federal crime. Please also let me know of any issues or problems that you observe and report to the BOEE or the MPD; my E-mail is


Making Sure There Are Facts
Mary Filardo, 21st Century School Fund,

Just to make sure Rawn James [themail, September 8] doesn’t undermine his own case about people voting with emotion and without facts, I wanted to make sure he had the facts of how project funds for school construction had been distributed across the wards. Rawn says: “During his term as mayor, Fenty has distributed money for projects equally across the District’s eight wards.” I don’t think it counts if you distribute equal amounts of money by ward, but you don’t have equal amounts of responsibility or need. So spending roughly the same amount of public funds on ten schools in Ward 3 as on twenty schools in Ward 8 is hardly equitable and certainly not laudable.

Actually, more total dollars were spent on school construction projects between 2007 and 2010 in Ward 7 and 8 than on school construction projects than in Wards 2 and 3, but because the number of schools is so much more and the school buildings and sites are so much larger, the students in these wards have not had nearly the building or site improvements of the children in ward 2 or 3. Ward 3 students are in schools that on average had $139 per square foot spent on them. Ward 8 students are in schools that on average had $59 per square foot spent on them.

The Chancellor’s defense of the inequity — that the students in the Ward 3 schools are from all over the city, as she was quoted as saying — is not the point. The students in Ward 3 schools are from among the most affluent families on the globe. The level of children eligible for free or reduced priced lunch in the Ward 3 elementary schools range from 3 percent free and reduced lunch at Janney and Mann, to 32 percent at Oyster/Adams. Just compare this to the enrollment in the fifteen elementary schools in Ward 8, where the elementary schools range from a low 81 percent eligible for free and reduced price lunch at Leckie to a high of 100 percent at Hendley and Malcolm X.

Absolutely, all children should be in high quality educational facilities — the 21st Century School Fund is dedicated to this — but this means all — the children of Wards 7 and 8 and throughout all wards of the city, no matter the wealth of the families they come from, should be in modern and inspiring school buildings that are beacons in their neighborhoods for education and community life. To view the project specific details of these findings you can go to .


Calling the Mayor’s Race
Joyce Little,

As autumn leaves will soon start to fall, thank God this campaign season will soon start to wrap up. Although, I will not vote for Fenty or Gray I will be bold enough to render my opinion and call a winner in the race.

I believe Fenty will narrowly hold on to his seat and Gray will go home. Ultimately, this race will be decided by voter turnout, which I believe will be low. So it will boil down to who can rally their base. Fenty’s base is young urban professionals of all races but mostly white who are having a fabulous time gentrifying the city. Gray’s base is older residents of all races but mostly black who are grasping to hold on to the power they have come to enjoy over the years of living in the city. The campaign is not a campaign about substance; it is about personality and style. I say this because policy-wise most people can agree that there is basically little difference between Fenty and Gray. Over the last four years they have both governed the city together, Fenty as the mayor and Gray as the chairman of the city council, the two most powerful positions in city government. The condition of the city today bares witness equally to the shared vision of both candidates: “Paris on the Potomac,” a city where everyone is well educated, beautiful, sophisticated, very green, fabulously gay, and of course mostly white, with a few people from other exotic nations. The exotic people from foreign lands enriches the international flavor of the city making the new District of Columbia that much more sensationally fabulous.

For the other three candidates who ran for mayor — Ernest Johnson, Leo Alexander, and Sulaimon Brown — one would think at least one of them would have had the good sense to toss the Democratic Party and run as an independent. This very simple strategy would have given them a good chance of capitalizing on the anger of the losing candidate’s voters and maybe going on to beat the Democratic nominee in the November general election. However, unfortunately, they too will go home after September 14. What a shame. So, whether Fenty retains his crown or Gray knocks the crown from his head, either way for some of the citizens of DC we will have four more years of Godless bankrupt moral values, accelerated gentrification, and ramped up at-will firings. Just another day in the hood called DC.


Vote Against Fenty If. . . .
Bryce A. Suderow,

Vote against Fenty if you want a revitalized teacher’s union that protects incompetent teachers. Vote against Fenty if you want micromanagement of the schools by the city council and the school board. Vote against Fenty if you want a new superintendent of schools every two years. Vote against Fenty if you want the lowest test scores in the country. Vote against Fenty if you want to stop gentrification and turn DC back into one vast ghetto.

If you vote against Fenty check back with me in two years and we’ll check to see if I was right.


Taxes and Residence
James Treworgy,

Lars Hydle says, presumably regarding Attorney General Peter Nickle’s questionable DC residence, that “he [does] not really object as long as the appointee pays income tax to the District of Columbia, not the suburban jurisdiction, as if he/she were in fact a bona fide DC resident.”

I must ask if Mr. Hydle’s opinion on Nickels’ action is also valid for every other citizen. Is it acceptable to simply change your residence on paper in order to meet a legal obligation for any purpose? So, if I had a summer home in Virginia, or perhaps if I just “rented a room” from a friend who lives in Virginia, would he object if I simply changed my legal residence on paper to an address in Virginia? I would save thousands of dollars in state income taxes every year, and be able to vote for a congressmen, too! I could also change my residence with my automobile insurance company, also at substantial savings each year.

The purpose of residency requirements is not simply that there is a paper trail that says that you live somewhere. The purpose is that you live there. Considering that Nickles is not just any official, but the very mouthpiece of the law for DC, I find it highly offensive that he skirts this requirement by simply acting “as if” he were a DC resident. Unless you actually live in DC, acting “as if” you are a DC resident is no different than defrauding your insurance company or state income taxes in exactly the same manner.


Attorney General Peter Nickles Question
D. Clifton,

The numerous E-mails questioning the legal residence of DC’s Attorney General Peter Nickles has raised a question. If it is determined that Nickles is not a legal DC resident, will any actions made by Nickles, as attorney general, be overturned? I would love to hear comments and legal arguments.


Groups Release “Good Government” Candidate Survey Responses
Parisa B. Norouzi,

A number of groups committed to an open and transparent DC government — Empower DC, DC We the People, Protect McMillan Park, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, and DC Open Government Coalition — have posted surveys on this topic that were completed by the registered candidates for the DC mayor, council chair and at-large seats. The survey seeks to educate voters about the candidates’ positions on a number of opportunities to make DC government more accountable, open, and responsive to DC residents.

The groups plan to work with whichever candidates are elected to implement reforms highlighted in the survey. Questionnaires were sent to all registered candidates for DC mayor, council chair, and at-large seats this year. The questionnaires posted here represent those responses we have received to date. We look forward to sharing additional candidate responses with you and will continue to post new ones as soon as they are received. Go to to read responses from David Catania, Council At-Large Candidate, Independent; Darryl Moch, Council At-Large Candidate, DC Statehood Green Party; Clark Ray, Council At-Large Candidate, Democrat; David Schwartzman, Council At-Large Candidate, DC Statehood Green Party; Faith Dane, Mayoral Candidate, DC Statehood Green Party; Vincent Gray, Mayoral Candidate, Democrat; and Kwame Brown, Council Chair Candidate, Democrat.


Daniel Pink Describes “Flip-Thinking”
Phil Shapiro,

DC author Daniel Pink describes “flip-thinking” in this very interesting Telegraph newspaper article. Flip-thinking applies to education as well as business as well as other sectors of society. See


David Schwartzman for DC Council
Debby and John Hanrahan,

Two years ago when David Schwartzman was running in the general election for an at-large seat on the DC council, we wrote the following for themail: “As forty-year residents of the District of Columbia, we have too often seen DC council and mayoral candidates campaign as the voice of the people only to morph into mouthpieces for developers and the business community soon after they take office. . . . DC voters have a rare opportunity to cast one of their votes for a true pro-citizen candidate, David Schwartzman, of the DC Statehood Green Party: a candidate who takes no contributions from corporate interests, who has been active for more than three decades on behalf of low-and middle-income people, who believes in open government and access to council members for citizens (and not behind-the-scenes cronyism), who wants real democracy — i.e., statehood — for the District of Columbia and not the sham one-DC Vote-in-the-House. . . .”

In Tuesday’s primary election, David is seeking the DCSGP nomination for an at-large council seat in a contest with another fine party candidate, Darryl Moch. We urge Statehood Greens to cast their vote for David, and then for voters of all parties and independents to vote for David in the November 2 general election. What we wrote two years ago holds true today: we need David’s strong, independent, knowledgeable voice on the council. In this city of one-party rule where leading Democratic officeholders never pass up the opportunity for another taxpayer-subsidized corporate, real estate or stadium boondoggle — while telling advocates for the poor, for the jobless, for education, housing, health care, and children that they’ll need to tighten their belts — we need a true people’s advocate and watchdog on the council. Through his four decades as an activist on behalf of DC citizens and working for peace, civil, and human rights, David has practiced his philosophy of listening to the people, rather than to the high-powered lobbyists for monied interests who have the ear of and campaign cash for the current mayor and most of the city council. He has the support of leading community and labor activists, and earned a solid rating from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC, which called David “a thoughtful candidate who agrees with GLAA on every issue.”

David brings solid credentials to his council bid. Since 1973 he has been a member of the Howard University faculty as an environmental scientist. An authority on DC government budgets and finance, David has testified before the council dozens of times and attended thousands of meetings and rallies over the years on matters ranging from tax relief for working people to affordable housing for all in need, and for statehood for DC. David’s detailed biography, record of accomplishments, and positions on education, poverty, jobs for DC residents, affordable housing, ending child poverty, public property disposal, environment, health care, transportation, and green development can be found on his web site — As he has proposed for years, David would pay for these programs by revamping the city’s regressive income tax systems and “making millionaires pay their fair share.” Under his plan, a family with an income of $45,000 would pay $1,000 less in DC taxes a year, while “a modest tax hike for the top 5 percent income bracket would generate more than $116 million additional revenue a year to better fund essential programs in our budget.” If elected, David has pledged to donate one-third of his salary “to non-profits working for economic, social and environmental justice.”


A Deadly Threat That Doesn’t Discriminate
Leo Alexander, DC Mayoral Candidate,

Before we can have any meaningful discussions about my ideas to address the HIV/AIDS rate in the District of Columbia, we must be willing to admit that this is not just a LGBT community issue. This deadly epidemic is a threat to our entire community. Last month, I participated in a mayoral debate in Ward 6 where HIV/AIDS was the focus. A question was asked, “As mayor, what would you do to reduce the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS infection in DC?” I recall saying, “I’d be willing to put my own HIV status on my driver’s license and would encourage others to do the same. . . . And I’d also consider requiring that this be mandatory for all District residents.” This position comes from the fact that the District of Columbia is the nation’s leader for HIV/AIDS infections, with an approximate rate of 3 to 5 percent of the population being positive for the disease. That’s the problem; it’s an estimated rate. There are no hard numbers, largely because very few people are getting tested. As mayor, my goal will be to develop a comprehensive strategy to ultimately reduce the new case infection rate to zero, but first we must know who is positive.

My proposed plan will start with officially declaring HIV/AIDS an epidemic in the nation’s capital. This will allow the District to receive additional federal resources to attack this deadly virus on all fronts. Within my first one hundred days, I will convene an HIV/AIDS Summit with senior level officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health and Human Services (HHS), the DC Department of Health (DOH) and our many community stakeholders. The goal of this summit will be to lay out one, five, ten, and twenty year strategic plans to confront this public health emergency. These plans will include a comprehensive strategy for mass testing, education, prevention, and treatment. All options will be thoroughly discussed, including making it mandatory for all doctors/emergency room visits to include HIV screening. Obviously, this does not mean testing toddlers at their pediatrician visits, but we must discuss when to begin age appropriate HIV screening. The results of this information will be shared with the patient and DOH.

As your mayor, I am prepared to be a staunch ally of all the community stakeholders in this fight for a cure. However, in the meantime, my administration will execute this new comprehensive plan to halt the spread of this deadly virus. As the nation’s capital, we will lead the way in the reduction of new cases and options for treatment for those living with the disease. You may not support my candidacy or my ideas, and I may not agree with your ideas, but somewhere in the middle we must find a solution. For some, change is a difficult concept to embrace; because no matter how miserable the present may be, it’s still comfortable. We have no more time for empty political correctness without decisive governmental leadership.


Latest Issue of Brookland Heartbeat Available Now
Abigail Padou,

The latest issue of Brookland Heartbeat is available at The lead article in this issue is “Funding Drought Continues for Ward 5 Libraries, Parks, and Recreation Centers.” Analysis reveals that for the past four years, Ward 5 has lagged behind all other wards in capital spending and is the only ward not to receive a new or renovated library. Other articles and features include “Brookland Streetscape Project Still Unfinished,” “Chez Hareg Bakery Welcomes the Neighborhood,” “Locally Grown Honey at the Franciscan Monastery” and more. Hard copies of the newspaper will reach greater Brookland homes within ten days. To receive a copy electronically, send your E-mail address to Brookland Heartbeat is a nonprofit, all-volunteer community newspaper that is mailed to more than ten thousand homes in the greater Brookland area.


September InTowner PDF Issue Now Online
Peter Wolff,

This is to advise that the September 2010 issue PDF (which includes all content, including the popular Scenes from the Past feature -- this month titled “Former Slave Keith Sutherland and Life in Hell’s Bottom” -- plus photos and other images), has now been posted on our web site,, and may be opened by clicking the front page graphic on the home page.

This month’s lead stories include the following: 1) “Unlicensed and Non-DC Resident Vending in City Funded Adams Morgan Program Exposed”; 2) “Chinese Embassy Plan to Replace Old Chancellery and Residence With New Building on Fast Track”; 3) “North Columbia Heights Green Nearing Completion; Opening Set for September 11.” The Selected Street Crimes feature, which is separately posted on the web site, will be updated later on, at which time we will provide notification.

The next PDF issue will publish around midnight of October 8 (the second Friday of the month as usual). For more information, either send an E-mail to or call 234-1717.


Passion and Reason, Faith and Trust, and, Finally, Respect
Alvin C. Frost,

When I was growing up in Washington, DC, with both parents and their five sons, we had to go to Sunday School for our “spiritual” instruction, or we couldn’t go to the movies at the Mott Theater later on. We lived near 25th and M Street, NW, one block from Foggy Bottom and one block from Georgetown. I, for one, enjoyed Sunday School, and I accepted many of the lessons that were taught, such as: 1) “do unto others, as you would have them do unto you”; 2) “one good deed deserves another”; and 3) there is something larger than ourselves. Now, I bought into the understanding and belief that we, each of us, should follow the above, not because a deity, or religious text, told me to do so, but because I accepted it for myself, because it made, and continues to make, sense to me.

My favorite poet is Kahlil Gibran, especially his most famous book, The Prophet. One of my most favorite passages concerns “Passion and Reason,” especially the last line, where he writes “. . . you too should rest in reason and move in passion.” My favorite political figure is Frederick Douglass, and two of my most favorite quotes of his are: 1) “Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done” and: (2) “where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

One of the issues that appears to have been ignored throughout this campaign to become the next mayor of Washington, DC, is the matter of each candidate’s faith and/or spiritual upbringing and outlook. I believe that this is just the kind of issue that needs to be explored in order to determine whether the candidate believes in something greater than themselves, like reducing poverty in the nation’s capitol. Now, this could be a religious belief, demonstrated by involvement with a specific religion and participating in a church and its good works, or a spiritual belief that both informs and influences that candidate’s desire and intent to help others who are in want of help, support and guidance, as opposed to helping only those who support their candidacy with money, votes, or a very important endorsement.

Thomas Jefferson is quoted as having said, “When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.” Dr. Maya Angelou has been quoted as having said, “I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.” Dr. Dorothy Height is quoted as having said, “We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system. But also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity.” Even Ronald Reagan was heard to have said, or perhaps reading, “Trust, but verify.” Trust, it would seem, is an extremely important characteristic for a public person, or official, to have. This is especially true, since the DC mayor is an at-the-will-of-the-people position.

Some years ago, I did an afternoon live talk show on CNN, when CNN’s Washington Bureau was still located in the Union Labor Life Insurance Building on Massachusetts Avenue, NW. When I left the interview, after making sure that my on-air makeup was removed, and heading toward Union Station to catch the Metro home, I saw Dr. Dorothy Height alighting from a taxi cab with one of her aides, and a number of heavy bags. They had gotten off at the West end of the building where there were no Red Caps, so I offered to help Dr. Height and her assistant onto their train to New York. I carried their bags onto the train and stowed then in the overhead baggage compartment. I was happy to help a woman, an icon, who had selflessly helped so many in her life, including me.

Dr. Maya Angelou, who taught at Wake Forest University, in her home state of North Carolina, used to take the Amtrak Metroliner from New York to Washington, DC, where her driver would meet her to drive her to Wake Forest and her students. She would reverse this process to get back to New York, where she currently lives. But, while she was in DC, she would always stop off at B. Smith’s Restaurant in Union Station to have a bite of something to eat, and to hold court at B. Smith’s Whiskey Bar, where I met her a number of years ago. One day, a group of young DC students, taking a shortcut through B. Smith’s, surrounded Dr. Angelou, because they immediately recognized her, and her works, and respected her. She very clearly instructed the kids that it was not right to use B. Smith’s as a short cut, and she told them to go back out the door that they had entered, to go to the front of Union Station, and to enter the restaurant properly, and that she would then spend time with them, and answer their many urgent questions. They all did as told, without complaint or grumbling, and they all came back humbled, and yet still excited to be in her presence. They both trusted and respected Dr. Angelou, just as I had respected Dr. Height so many years before, for her exceptional service to the nation.

“When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us,” an Arapaho proverb. “To respect a person is not possible without knowing him; care and responsibility would be blind if they were not guided by knowledge,” Erich Fromm. The next DC mayor must use both passion and reason to inform his thoughts, ideas, planning, and actions. He cannot use reason for only what he and his supporters want, and petulance when he doesn’t get what he wants. If a mayor doesn’t show faith and trust in himself, his aides, supporters, employees or the citizens, then he shouldn’t be surprised when his contemptuousness is returned with an accompanying lack of trust, faith, and respect. As some people would say, “You reap what you sow,” and “Turnabout is fair play,” or, in other words, using street lingo, meaning straight talk, “Payback is a B. . . .”

My final thoughts on respect is that it can only be genuinely earned, and that you cannot demand respect. You can, however, command, or sow, fear, but not love. Our next DC mayor needs many things, but chief among them has to be the peoples’ faith, trust, and respect in themselves, and especially in the government and the people that they seek to lead. No DC mayors should ever, and I stress ever, be allowed to think, or to act, as though they are above and beyond the law or the people. Dr. Height also said, “ I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom. . . . I want to be remembered as one who tried.”



National Building Museum Events, September 16-17
Johanna Weber,

September 16, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Lessons of Modern Rome. For millennia, architects have looked to Rome for inspiration. Rarely, however, has modern Rome been regarded as a model for contemporary architecture and urban design. G. Martin Moeller, Jr., Assoc. AIA, senior vice president and curator at the National Building Museum, addresses lessons, both good and bad, that may be learned from one of the world’s most chaotic, frustrating, yet enchanting cities. This program is offered as part of AIA|DC’s Architecture Week. Free, registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

September 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Palladio and His Legacy: Exhibition Tour. Members are invited to tour the exhibition Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey with exhibition curators Charles Hind and Dr. Irena Murray of the Royal Institute of British Architects British Architectural Library. Free; members only. Space is limited; preregistration required by Friday, September 10, to Katherine Potosky at 272-2448, ext. 3456, or Both events at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Judiciary Square Metro station. Register for events at


Japanese American Experience During World War II, September 19
Rosemary Reed,

The members of this panel discussion are from the Japanese American Veterans Association, which serves the interests of Asian Pacific American veterans. They will discuss the Japanese American experience during WWII. The panelists are: Dr. Stanley Falk, a veteran of the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) with service in the Occupation of Japan; 2) Warren Tsuneishi, a veteran of the MIS; Dr. Falk and Dr. Tsuneshi authored the book, American Patriots: MIS in the War Against Japan; 3) Mr. Douglas Sterner, a historian, the author of Go for Broke: Nisei Warriors of WWII Who Conquered Germany, Japan, and American Bigotry; 4) Ms Mary Murakami, a high school student in an internment camp; 5) Kelly Kuwayama, a medic of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which fought in Italy, France and Germany, and 6) Grant Ichikawa, an MIS veteran.

Free. Sunday, September 19, 2:30 p.m., at The Washington Historical Society, 8th and K Streets, NW, in front of the DC Convention Center. Metro Convention Center Station on the Yellow and Green Lines, or a two-block walk from the Gallery Place Station. Street parking or on various nearby lots. Contact Lea Adams,, or telephone the Historical Society at 383-1800.


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