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  •  Things haven't changed a great deal (3+ / 0-)
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    Woody, mrkvica, gerrilea

    or they hadn't as of 20 years ago. I moved to DC just before Reagan was elected and left six years later.

    DC is its own little world for a great many reasons. In a sense it's like living in LA. LA has movie-star sightings and film-industry events; DC has politician sightings and lobbyist events.

    On the local level, DC's disenfranchisement makes it really strange too. Local politics is mainly disconnected from national politics yet it is the only place in the entire country where local government's actions is subject to a Congressional veto. That has a significant influence on the mentality of the people who live there daily. It is also subject to the influence of significant population change every four to eight years. It's not that other places don't change but that the change of the atmosphere happens on a schedule.

    Then there is are the extremes one sees: incredible grandeur of the Capitol area side-by-side with grinding poverty. I loved living there yet living in DC is very much like living in a terrarium.

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