Thursday, August 19, 2010

That's what it is like here

A couple of powerful quotes from a good man featured in People's District blog.

"I remember as a kid growing up in this city and seeing all of the rallies and protest marches around D.C. Mind you, I am 40 and have seen a lot of them in my lifetime. Most of them are the same. People get a permit to stand around for a few hours on a Saturday. They demand this and that. They leave trash on the ground and then they go get Starbucks or McDonald’s on their way home. To me, that was not the model of creating change in the world."

"All of my life, I have seen D.C. as a beautiful collage of injustices. Between poverty, AIDS, education, segregation, illiteracy, infant mortality and violence, these issues stem largely from our lack of statehood and taxation without representation."

US Census: District of Columbia

   People QuickFactsDistrict of ColumbiaUSA
Population definition and source infoPopulation, 2009 estimate599,657307,006,550
Population, percent change, April 1, 2000 to July 1 definition and source infoPopulation, percent change, April 1, 2000 to July 1, 20094.8%9.1%
 definition and source infoPopulation estimates base (April 1) 2000572,055281,424,602
Persons under 5 years old, percent definition and source infoPersons under 5 years old, percent, 20096.2%6.9%
Persons under 18 years old, percent definition and source infoPersons under 18 years old, percent, 200919.0%24.3%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent definition and source infoPersons 65 years old and over, percent, 200911.7%12.9%
Female persons, percent definition and source infoFemale persons, percent, 200952.8%50.7%

Now consider this story in DCist:

"There is also a huge racial split in the figures. Fenty hauled in a 42-point lead among whites, while Gray holds a 38-point lead among African-Americans. When it comes to favorability, the split is even more telling: 70/39 of African-Americans/whites find Gray favorable, while the same split for Fenty is 33/63."

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To begin...

WASHINGTON, DC in Wikipedia (doesn't the last paragraph just make you seethe at the sacrilege of it all?):

Washington, D.C. (pronounced /ˈwɒʃɪŋtən ˌdiːˈsiː/WOSH-ing-tən DEE-SEE), formally theDistrict of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washingtonthe District, or simplyD.C., is the capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790. Article One of the United States Constitution provides for a federal district, distinct from the states, to serve as the permanent national capital. The City of Washington was originally a separate municipality within the federal territory until an act of Congress in 1871 established a single, unified municipal government for the whole District. It is for this reason that the city, while legally named the District of Columbia, is known as Washington, D.C. The city shares its name with the U.S. state of Washington, which is located on the country's Pacific coast.
The city is located on the north bank of the Potomac River and is bordered by the states ofVirginia to the southwest and Maryland to the other sides. The District has a resident population of 599,657; because of commuters from the surrounding suburbs, its population rises to over one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which the District is a part, has a population of 5.4 million, the eighth-largest metropolitan area in the country.
The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are located in the District, as are many of the nation's monuments and museums. Washington, D.C. hosts 174 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of the World Bank, theInternational Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The headquarters of other institutions such as trade unions, lobbying groups, and professional associations are also located in the District.
Washington, D.C., is governed by a mayor and a 13-member city council. However, the United States Congress has supreme authority over the city and may overturn local laws. Residents of the District therefore have less self-governance than residents of the states. The District has a non-voting, at-large Congressional delegate, but no senators. D.C. residents could not vote in presidential elections until the ratification of the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1961.