While I very much approve of the height limitations in Washington D.C., this does sort of show that it is possible to make places totally soulless with excessive urban planning. If there is no life visible anywhere, what's the point? I must admit that I saw the same thing when I visited Canberra -- beautiful and dead (which is of course not the case of DC, just this particular photo).
Oh, yes, it's the picture. This is more a tourist type area by the museums. I actually took the photo out the window of the Native American Museum. Next time I go I will take photos of the downtown business areas I frequent. The streets are packed with people, even in the evenings.