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In today’s America, road planners routinely transform low-density land into tomorrow’s malls, housing developments, and pseudo-cities. Local architect Don Hawkins argues that something similar was true before L’Enfant ever started sketching grand boulevards for the farm and woodlands between Georgetown, Bladensburg, and Alexandria. In a slide-illustrated lecture, “The 18th-Century Roads and Crossroads of the Washington Area,” Hawkins will attempt to explain why the area’s early settlements arose where they did, why some thrived and others didn’t, and how existing roads might have influenced L’Enfant. At 6 p.m. at the Historical Society of Washington, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. FREE. For reservations call (202) 785-2068. (MJ)