National Geographic : 1983 Jan
WASHING HOMETOWN SASHINGTON is that mat the dreaming capital some of of America, stuffed capital ti / with exiles who are al- nology, ways saying it's about they anr time to go home but never go. The did not w years turn into decades, and those were doi who came for an extra year or two of would ir school, or for some temporary job, finement tend at the last to be carried out feet So mt first with, I am obliged to report, a ball of W grin on the face. opened Let's poke about the capital, you vastly to and I, with the understanding that I war traf am no efficient guide, to insist that the the same only place you may eat is Old Keg- far too s gut's and the only place to stay is Dan- that we dydown's Inn; the truth is, I have no fast and idea the best places to eat or to stay. flying nc Newspaperfolk seldom do. without But I have indeed come to believe into the that the best place (as Eudora Welty said in a novel, through the character INC of a Mississippi schoolteacher herding wh kids about in a tornado) is here; we're nes in the best place right here. citi: Assuming you arrive in Washing- partly be ton at National Airport, the first thing dard cur to do, once one has thanked God the from th( plane landed, is to admire the banks borhood all fringed with willows like some he spent sweet domesticated Babylon. The "Good airport illustrates, by the way, the "Cost to shortcomings of official high-priced they wra wisdom and analysis. grocery Franklin Roosevelt, a forward- encourat looking sort of man, immediately taken os wanted five new hangars built. For deal wit] BEHIND ter, back in 1937, he asked the powerful brains of the o prepare a forecast of tech and after suitable pondering bounced to him that people rishto fly any faster than they ing in the 1930s, but people deed require far greater re tsof service and luxury. ich for the common crystal Jashington: After the airport in 1941, people said it was o large, except for temporary 'fic. For decades, however, People have complained it is mall. And it has turned out insist on going three times as the only luxury we require in >w is to get out of the plane being permanently pressed shape of a sardine. E we should start some ere, let's start with Mr. Er t Kroll, a typical Washington zen to end all typical citizens, cause he's a trifle off the stan ve. Let's catch him as he exits SWestern Market, a neigh grocery, with two pears that too much money for. Spears," he will greet us. o much, but they're the kind ap in paper. I like to go in that and buy some little thing to ge them. I hate to see the city ver by the giants. You ever hthe Foggy Bottom grocery?