Monday, November 4, 2013

CRP Annual Fieldtrip

Photo Credit: D. Ohrenstein
Two weeks ago, CRP first-years (and two second-year minders) went on the annual field trip to Washington DC with professors Jeff Chusid and Michael Tomlan. This trip is an annual tradition that switches off each year between Washington DC and New York City.  

That Thursday we boarded a bus at 5am in dark and chilly Ithaca to travel back in seasonal time for lunch at Common Good City Farm in northwestern DC. Common Good was created on an old public school site and now works to provide fresh produce and gardening experience to the surrounding community. One interesting things about this stop--the farm can produce 4-5000 pounds of food per month and is always looking for more compost. Unfortunately has no city-run composting program. For-profit programs do exist however.

Other stops over two days included a visit to the office of the impressively marketed DC Department of Transportation, the DC planning office, the American History Museum (where we got to ride in an elevator with a 50 person capacity!), an evening with the Capitol Steps, visits to several real estate development sites, a talk from CRP alum Peter Rizzo from the General Services Administration, and a nice cocktail party with former Cornellians out in Rosslyn. Look for more details about the trip in the next issue of The Cornell Planner.


Prof. Jeff Chusid talks about converted industrial space in Georgetown.  Byrd reflects on better days in Paraguay.
Photo Credit: D. Ohrenstein

The rooftop deck of the American History Museum.  Cranes in the background are working on the National Museum of African American History and Culture being built at the last open spot on the mall.  The Washington Monument is still undergoing repairs following the summer 2011 earthquake (remember how long ago that was?).