Speaking of sanity ...just had to share this factoid that didn't make it in the print edition of my Closer Inspection on the Arnold Map, a map of D.C. that dates back to 1862.
See the photo above?
I just love that it actually says "insane asylum" -- definitely not a phrase you'd see on a map today.
The asylum was called the Government Hospital for the Insane, a federal hospital that was established in 1855, later renamed St. Elizabeth’s in 1916.
While still operational on its east campus (now under the jurisdiction of the DC Department of Mental Health) the west campus is being renovated for ...
.... wait for it ....
... the future headquarters of Homeland Security.