National Geographic : 1967 Apr
ur "Pride is catching" HAT REMARK, made by a School principal after a cleanup campaign, has become a motto. Student David Evans accepted a White House award for the beautification program of his school, Walker-Jones. Volunteers in the District's Youth Gardens project tend a neighborhood playground. Offi cials have found that beautifi cation, creating pride, helps reduce vandalism. rail. Then the fight began." It was raining underground. Drops were playing random cymbals on my hat. "Some people thought that highways would pulverize es tablished neighborhoods and spread blight. Others thought subways cost too much. Any way, the fight is over. This city is embarking on the biggest single public-works program in its history-25 miles of railway and 29 stations [map, page 519]. After seven years, here we are!" Splash! The pit had narrowed to four by six feet of gurgling water. A lone workman hunched in a yellow poncho handed Cody a greasy lump of gray matter. "Schistose-gneiss!" Cody said triumphantly. "It's almost like granite-just the thing to put a subway on." City Readies for the Future I had one last stop on my long road into Washington's future. There was a slight chill and a leafy tang in the air as I left home; one could tell that spring would soon be stirring- surely the most glorious spring of them all. On this morning, my road lay elsewhere than to the Phillips gallery or the old canal. I had been invited into the Southeast to a beautification project-the kind that results from the First Lady's "broken-window tours."