Morning Brief: An Office With a View


A few office workers in the District will want to be sure to show up on inauguration day. As dignitaries, floats and marching bands make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue, the balconies, windows and roofs from Third Street to the White House will be the most coveted real estate in Washington. From these perches, in buildings owned by private companies, hotels, government agencies and museums, thousands of lucky spectators will have panoramic views.

Take the case of Nellie Semmes, who didn't score an exclusive bleacher seat to watch Barack Obama's inaugural parade on Tuesday. But the 15-year-old will have one of the best views nonetheless: from the 10th-floor balcony of the law offices of Miller & Chevalier on 15th Street.

Staff writer David Nakamura has the full story here.

In Virginia news, the Republican candidate for Fairfax County's top political post, Supervisor Pat S. Herrity, said yesterday that his Democratic rival had failed to rein in spending as the county headed into an economic crisis.

Herrity's criticism of Supervisor Sharon S. Bulova (D-Braddock) came at their first major debate of the special election campaign and shows how the economy is increasingly permeating its way into local politics.

By Alejandro Lazo  |  January 16, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  | Category:  Economy Watch , Morning Brief
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