The Not-So Reagan-esque Building

Have you ever been to the Reagan Building in town? I’m good with directions, I am a graduate of a post-secondary education, I’m a cross-country driver at times, and can find my way around my shoe closet – one of the biggest feats of them all (no pun intended.) But I – FOR THE LIFE OF ME – cannot find my way around the Reagan Building, no matter how many times I’ve been there. The signs are inadequate, the floors and sections are poorly marked, as are the meeting rooms.

Basically I’m still a little bitter from an event I was at this morning which took place in this monstrous architectural mess (here I’m probably inviting all kinds of architectural specialists’ counter-arguments – but I’m still saying to you, it’s insanely confusing). I did eventually find the room, but many of the participants were late as they couldn’t find it. No less don’t even think about finding your way back to your car if you parked in their garage.

I think President Reagan would have hated this building. It’s mostly – and even if partially – government funded, takes over mass amounts of land that could be used for other interests, and you have to practically get searched to come in and eat at the food court in the basement (if, say, you work across the street and that’s the closest food to you). Whatever you think about the late Ronald Reagan (I’ll call him one of the great champions of free markets and capitalism – you call him what you like) – you can surely agree that he would have never agreed that this building and all of its waste, confusion, and overstatement, be his namesake.

What do you think? Or better… what WOULD President Reagan wanted in this city to be named after him that already isn’t (i.e. DCA).

6 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 3:42 pm

    I work about two blocks from the Reagan Building, but I never ever eat there because it’s such a monsterous hassle.

  2. Jenn L (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 4:20 pm

    And what is with those wacky, emotionally overblown statues in front (14th Street side)? The hands-clasping, the rolled eyes, always give me the creeps…

  3. Christian (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 10:48 pm

    I know — Reagan, DC has a nice ring to it.

    (Any Republicans reading this — it’s a joke. Please don’t draft a bill. Please.)

  4. Stacey (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 11:06 pm

    Oooo, Christian… that is a SUPERB idear. I’m going to write my congressman.

  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 27th, 2005 @ 9:12 am

    But in DC…oh. Heh. Good one, Stacey.

  6. Jenn L (unregistered) on October 27th, 2005 @ 10:07 am

    Haha, “Reagan, DC” – good one!

    Not. Ever.

    The city is already named for a president, anyway. A truly great one, lest we forget. Poor George Washington… no respect anymore… :(

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