In the nation's capital, construction cranes are as familiar to the city's skyline as the Washington monument and Capitol dome. Recession? What recession? It is boom times in Washington, D.C. If anti-government, anti-growth Republicans in Congress ever decided to work with President Obama to get the economic recovery moving faster (or if moderates and progressives take over this November), it would be amazing to see the rest of the country build housing, retail, office and infrastructure at the rate D.C. is doing right now.
In these troubling times, construction cranes carry much symbolism. A construction crane represents jobs, progress, innovation, hope for the future. Construction cranes are the antidote to awful austerity and a stalled economy. Construction cranes are brilliant reminders that when the public sector and private sector team up for the benefit of the country, then the future of the United States of America is bright indeed.
I encourage anyone to visit the Washington, D.C. area and see for yourself the amazing construction boom going on. I now live in New York City, but after living in Los Angeles, California for nine years, the past two years were spent rediscovering my hometown. I was in awe at the neighborhoods being rapidly revitalized and the construction cranes seemingly everywhere. From the H Street Trolley to CityCenterDC to the National Mall restoration to Metro's Silver Line extension, the nation's capital is powering its way out of the economic depression.
The construction boom in Washington, D.C. is a model for what the rest of the country and the world for that matter must do to end this depression now -- build, build, build!