An interesting book entitled "The Metropolitan Revolution" which was highlighted on PBS news hour yesterday. It points out that many American cities are planning their own development excluding the state and federal gov'ts. But they are first spending the money to put supporting infrastructure in place before adding population. i.e. roads, hospitals, police, schools, sewers, etc. They are getting input from universities, business owners, philanthropists, etc. before adding to the population, thereby making their proposed project (a science centre, a manufacturing centre, etc.) a success for all involved. We seem to be doing it backwards in the District.