It is a beautiful, sunny day in Washington, DC, and a few construction workers are milling around a makeshift crane.
The worker on the crane is a construction foreman.
He has a bright smile on his face, a sharp nose, and large, thick brown eyes.
He looks like an old school construction engineer.
The crane is in the process of hoisting the concrete foundation for the new capital of the United States.
The foreman is wearing an orange and blue construction vest.
His blue vest is decorated with blue and white flowers.
His green shirt is stained with yellow and green paint.
His long, blonde hair is tied back with a yellow ribbon.
His legs are bare, and his shirt has a blue patch on the front.
He holds a white clipboard and holds a construction tool.
“I’m going to be laying the foundation, laying the foundations,” he says.
“This is my job.”
“The foundation,” he repeats.
“And then I’m going see what the city’s going to look like.”
He points to the cranes.
He says, “See?
They’re laying the right foundation.”
It’s a sunny day, and construction workers have been busy milling about, trying to figure out where to begin laying the first concrete.
“Now, look, we’re not going to build any houses,” he tells the crowd.
“We’re not even going to start building a public park.
We’re not doing any of that.”
But the foreman says he’s going in a different direction.
“What I’m telling you is, we can’t do it without the public, because we can,” he explains.
“If you build the public with the public in mind, that’s how we’ll be able to have a vibrant community.
The foremens job is to make sure that the public is able to enjoy a beautiful city without being crammed into a single building. “
When you build a house with the community, you can see a lot of progress, a lot more activity, a whole lot more people coming out and enjoying the community.”
The foremens job is to make sure that the public is able to enjoy a beautiful city without being crammed into a single building.
He’s doing that by taking on a task that’s almost impossible: finding a suitable building site.
He’ll ask the owners of the property, “Where do we want to build the house?”
The owner might reply, “The park.”
Then the foremen might say, “Yeah, but we need to be able see this park.”
“That’s the difference between us and the private owners,” he points out.
The owner of the house, he says, might say that, “I want to do it here.”
So the foremans job is, essentially, to find a site that’s the perfect place to build a public place.
“All of our buildings in this country, they all start at the same spot,” says the foreminister.
“Every single building in America is a public building.”
In other words, every single building that has ever existed is a building that was built by the public.
And for that reason, they’re all built on public land.
When the forepeople come to that spot, the first thing they’re going to do is find a suitable site.
And, as soon as they find the right site, they’ll start laying the groundwork for the building.
“There’s always going to have to be a few things that are going to need to happen,” explains the foreMinister.
But that’s OK, because the city has a way of dealing with things like that.
The city has several different plans for how it would like to build new public places.
One of the most basic plans, the Municipal Design Plan, lays out how a city will develop a new public space, and the city is tasked with designing a public space that’s appropriate for its needs.
“You might have a lot parks, you might have lots of public spaces, and then you might even have some that are for a very specific group,” explains Mayor Bowser.
“But I think the most important thing about our plans is that they make sure we have a place where everyone can feel comfortable.
So if we’re designing a park, it should be for everybody, not just a specific group.”
And, according to the plans, all new public spaces should be designed to be “transparent and inviting.”
But even though the city sets out to create a place that everyone can enjoy, the city still needs to find an appropriate site.
That’s where the public land comes in.
There are a lot different ways that the city could build a park.
The City Council has set a goal of building more than 20,000 new parks per year by 2035.
That number is only going to increase as we add more public spaces.
“So, the way we go about getting to that goal is to design our public spaces with an eye to what the public wants,” explains Bowser