Thursday, November 12, 2009

On Meyer and Kiplinger

Every city has postcard image and a charity image designed to elicit pride and shame, respectively. The latter seeks to spur residents to help the impoverished or disadvantaged, the former pride in city and attractiveness to outsiders. In New York, they are the upper east side's town houses and South Bronx's housing projects. In Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Compton. In DC, they are the Hill and...just about everywhere else. The ratio of squalor to affluence in Washington's city limits--in terms of the number of residents--is probably higher than any metro area nationwide. The postcards show such a small portion of the city, that most tourists have no idea what lies outside of the safety of the North-West quadrant.

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