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They might have double-checked the spellings of a few features (DeSales Street, the Hirshhorn) before they sent the thing to the printer, but Joseph Passonneau and Partners’ new rendering of central Washington is a monumental achievement nonetheless. Four maps on one side show the growth (fast, by historical standards) of downtown since 1800, while the other side attempts to capture the color-coded riot of mixed uses that makes central Washington (well, most of it) vital. Passonneau discusses “The Evolution of the Center: Two Centuries of Growth and Change in the District” following a 6 p.m. reception at the Historical Society of Washington, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. $4. (202) 785-2068. (MJ)