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Does Washington need jobs or grandeur? Diverse streetscapes or additional landscaping? Political autonomy or new monuments? The National Capital Planning Commission’s “Monumental Core Plan,” its 21st-century wish list, opts for greenery, statues, and a Beaux Arts mind-set. In a Smithsonian Associates’ program, “Planning America’s Capital for the 21st Century,” NCPC Executive Director Reginald W. Griffith will make the case for the commission’s plan, which will then be discussed by such commentators as Wytold Rybczynski and the Washington Post’s Benjamin Forgey. At 6:30 p.m. at the National Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, 14th & Constitution Ave. NW. $15. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (MJ)