Wow. This has been underway for years. Decades, even. But check out the details of Washington, DC's $2-billion "National Harbor" project:
Four hotels, three office buildings, three residential buildings, five restaurants and 4,500 parking spaces are well underway.
And it's more than just a convention center and all the rest. There appears to be some sort of cosmopolitan sensibility at work.
Milt Peterson looks upon the artist renderings of National Harbor with the critical eye of a general. It's like nothing Washington has ever seen.
Sail-shaped banners line the Potomac waterfront, with moving images projected on the fabric. A retractable, 42-foot video screen stretches between two masts for outdoor movies. Stonehenge-like boulders alternate with larger-than-life bronze statues along the promenade leading to the water. In his mind's eye, Peterson sees concerts, sailboat races, sunset cruises, fireworks, maybe even water ballet.
The main focal point will be a 70-foot statue called "The Awakening." Other public art includes two stainless-steel eagle sculptures that cost $700,000. Each.
But here's the thing. This project is not, actually, in Washington, DC. It's in the suburbs of Washington, DC. In Prince George's County, MD.