If We Built It Today sneak peek: Location is everything

If We Built It Today. Image courtesy Science Channel
If We Built It Today. Image courtesy Science Channel /

What’s in a location? In this If We Built It Today sneak peek, it turns out that it means everything.

The new season of the series premieres on Sunday, and it’s a two-hour special dedicated to Washington D.C. It’s a topical location considering Joe Biden’s inauguration has just taken place, but it wasn’t always the capital city of the United States.

Something the sneak peek looks into is the two original locations for the capital city. Philadelphia and New York were both once the home of politics in the country because both of them were the biggest cities at the time.

So, why move it? George Washington had his concerns about both locations. The sneak peek goes into that, while looking at the reason the specific location we have now was chosen.

Why Washington D.C. in this If We Built It Today sneak peek

In the sneak peek, we get to hear from two historians about the location. Steven Conn tells us all about the original two locations for the capital city, the center of politics. He also explains Washington’s reasons for wanting to move it away from the biggest, most financial cities of the time.

After that, Lindsay Schakenback Regele talks about the passing of the residency act, which would be needed to create a home for what would become the White House.

Take a look at the sneak peek for If We Built It Today:

This is just the start of the history of the location. Something to ponder right now is how this would have changed had the city been chosen today? Would it have still been as far south as it is or would it have been further north? Maybe it would have been to the west?

If We Built It Today will give us a look at that and just how the White House and other locations in Washington D.C. would look if they were made today. You’re not going to want to miss out.

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If We Built It Today premieres on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 8/7c on Science Channel.