Revitalizing a Downtown

Benjamin Forgey says that the Shakespeare’s new building, having been wisely placed on a key block of Washington real estate, will be one of the most significant additions to the city’s architectural and cultural scene in recent memory. “Together with MCI Center, it signifies the reinvention of the old downtown as a new center of arts and entertainment. And as part of a big, oft-stalled development taking up three-quarters of a very large, strategically key city block, it demonstrates that complex obstacles can be overcome with enough patience, time, money and, above all, foresight.”