(The novelist Thomas Mallon, for just one example, wrote: "I have a picture of the Pont Neuf on a wall in my apartment, but I know that Paris is really on the closet shelf in the box next to the sleeping bag."
"Things can be done on a big scale, because of the federal nature of this city," he said. "There's more of a national audience here. The bulk of people are Washington people. But given that it's in September, you're still getting the tail end of the summer tourists who are on the Mall and come to Washington for other things."