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With the District’s streets, buildings, and bridges collapsing around us and, in the current fiscal climate, little hope of repair, what we’re living through may turn out to be not just a bout of urban malaise, but a return to the city’s natural state. To find out what 200 years of human effort giving way to primeval forces of wind, water, and vegetation will be like, join a C&O Canal National Historical Park ranger for “Washington Before Washington,” a walk through Georgetown and along the banks of Rock Creek that explains what D.C. was like before they drained the swamp and fished out all the sturgeons. Meet at 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Ranger Station, 30th & Thomas Jefferson Sts. NW. FREE. (301) 299-3613. (James Lochart)