From: Jonathan Heller
Time: 8:43:33 PM
Remote Name: 220.127.116.11
What does the layout of Washington say about the kind of government the founders had in mind?
I feel that the government wanted Washington to be a capital. One of the first things I noticed in the picture, the largest roads lead to the presidentís house or the Capitol building. This basically tells me that government put themselves as the number one priority for the town. Another major giveaway would be that the Potomac River surrounds that majority of the city. This tells me that the city wanted to be secure and safer from envision. Last but not least, the Capitol building and the Presidents house are basically put in the middle of the city being surrounded by houses thus adding protection.
What does it say about the relationship they envisioned between the fereral government and the states? The People?
To me, it shows that the city wanted to be isolated away from the states as it is surrounded by water. However I do feel that the government wanted to have strong ties in with the people. As it shows the houses surrounding the city and the important buildings in a nice uniform way. There are straight roads and clean cut corners.