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It could be argued that Washington’s planners haven’t made a lot of choices; they’ve just followed the major developers down a fairly disastrous path of least resistance. Still, it’s never too late to start, so perhaps a new resolve will result from “Planning in the District of Columbia,” a public forum that will include such major players as Assistant City Administrator for Economic Development W. David Watts, Downtown Interactive Task Force chair Herbert S. Miller, Penn-Naylor Coalition of Civic Organizations vice chair Paul E. Savage, and National Capital Planning Commissioner Margaret G. Vanderhye. Moderating will be Tersh Boasberg, chair of the Committee of 100 for the Federal City, who steered the D.C. Zoning Commission during a brief, bracing period of gutsiness. Tonight is the first installment of the “Critical Choices for Planning Washington” series co-sponsored by the National Building Museum and the Speakers Bureau of the Washington Architectural Foundation. At 6 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $7. For reservations call (202) 272-2448. (MJ)