When Pope Francis came to Washington, D.C., at the end of September, it was the kind of thing that shut the city down. Presidents? Oh, the nation's capital has presidents to spare. Those guys are always hanging out on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Lamont Peterson is a soft-spoken man who can grind you into dust. He hails from Washington, D.C., the seat of the federal government where residents don’t have a voting member of Congress. It’s the most meticulously planned city in America, but was forced to cede half its land back to Virginia in the 1840s over the issue of slavery, stymieing planners’ designs to bound the city to a perfect 10-mile-by-10-mile square.