GoDC Links: Lincoln’s Technology and Catania Over Gray?

We’ve heard from quite a few of you that Ghosts of DC is a regular morning read. And, given that we come across so much great content, we’re going to compile a brief post on occasion to share these links with you. We’ll keep them always related to Washington and bring a historical perspective to them when we can.

Here are today’s morning links from GoDC …

Most people in D.C. (61%) don’t want to change the height limit. GoDC is torn on this subject. How do you grow a city without taller buildings? Rent and the cost of living starts to get out of control, like it did in 1952. [Washington Post]

Head to Ford’s Theatre and check out “Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War,” opening today. The exhibit explores Lincoln’s fascination with military technology and how that impacted the outcome of the Civil War.

Get ready! The Washington Auto Show is back, starting on Thursday, January 23rd. The show dates back to 1921 when 20 local car dealers organized the first show to convince the public that cars were here to stay.

We love Old Time D.C. on Facebook. Check it out, because you’ll love it too.

Don’t miss our stories about three lost D.C. saloons of long ago:  J.J. O’Keefe’s, The Indian, and Oedekoven’s. And, the famous Baseball House owned by favorite Irishman William J. Donovan.

Is David Catania a real threat to Mayor Gray’s re-election? … and how is Jack Evans polling so well in Anacostia? [Washington City Paper]

Have you ever checked out this cool dashboard of data about our city? We are the second fittest city, third most powerful in the world (only third?), and the area’s population has grown from 2.5 million in 1970 to about 6 million today. [The Atlantic Cities]

This day in history: in 1786, Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom, authored by native son, Thomas Jefferson (read about his buddy Robert Brent, Washington’s first mayor). It disestablished the Church of England in the state and guaranteed freedom of religion to people of all faiths. This is one of only three accomplishments Jefferson was proud enough of to put on his tombstone (“Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and the father of the University of Virginia”) … Oh, he was also the second Governor of Virginia, the U.S. Minister to France, first Secretary of State, second Vice President, and third President of the United States.