We at KCG love the District of Columbia, especially its “city” side. For those who live here, there is the federal city (U.S. government and its architectural trappings) and the D.C. city, a place where the residents live and work. We tend to stay away from the National Mall, leaving the public side of the city to tourists who crowd the museums and monuments. And after wandering the Capitol for years as a reporter, I rarely find myself up on the Hill these days. Every once in a while, however, there’s nothing like the extraordinary views of the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial or the U.S. Capitol to remind you of what a remarkable place D.C. is for both visitors and residents. (Photo credit: Brook Ward @flickr Creative Commons)