The neighborhood is screaming, music blasting & I expect to hear some fireworks later.
Eww hipster white boys riding bike share in Anacostia. I wanna vomit.
Backyard Band - People Make the World Go Round
“Trash men didn’t get my trash today
Oh Why Because they want more pay
Buses on strike want a raise in fare
So They Can Help Pollute The Air”
“But That’s What Makes The World Go ‘Round
The Up and Down The Carousel
Changing People, They’ll Go Around Go Underground, Young Man
People Make the World Go ‘Round”
Ross Douthat is a conservative New York Times columnist who I rarely agree with, he brought up something important in his Sunday column comparing the D.C. metro area, where policy decisions are made, to the rest of the country. While the economic crisis hit most of the country hard, direct and indirect federal government growth enabled Washington to weather the storm.
White flight has actually reversed and gentrification has improved some of the city’s worst areas. Surrounding cities in Maryland and Virginia like Arlington, Alexandria, Bethesda, and Chevy Chase are among the richest in the country.
As someone who (sort of) lives there now, it really resonated. American is northwest D.C., which has long been the most prosperous. I’ve been to NoVa a few times in the last few weeks, and that wealth is abundant and evidence of an insulation from the suffering of millions of Americans.
It’s hard to think that this insulation doesn’t play a role in the fact that government policy has not been nearly aggressive enough in responding to the recession. Many of the people who live in those suburbs and attend AU (and I include myself in this) by and large grew up in upper middle class and wealthy families. They talk about the economy or the budget deficit as issues they care about, but they will in all likelihood not have to worry about finding work to make ends meet or rely on a government program that will be targeted for funding cuts.
But Douthat also suggests that this problem is a symptom of “our spending problem.” But in my eyes, the solution lies in strengthening our progressive tax code and reforming our campaign finance system to make candidates less beholden to the wealthy.
Douthat also makes a smart comparison the relationship between The Capitol and the rest of Panem in The Hunger Games, where the inequality is even more stark. In that universe, the tyrannical government is overthrown. If the Occupy movement and pro-union protests, along the subsequent harsh crackdowns, are any indication, then the fears of that happening in this country are greater than the plutocrats would like to admit.
Guess you haven’t been to NE or SE or the non-gentrified parts of NW or SW. Womp. DC isn’t insulated from poverty it is highly divided and if DC is “improving” through gentrification where do you think Washingtonians are being pushed? You mention Montgomery County & NoVA, but what about Prince George’s county where many low income and middle class DC residents have been pushed for the past decade. It seems like this was written by someone who doesn’t know the dynamics of the city very well and definitely doesn’t understand the class disparity in this area.
The Howard Theater before its renovation
Any of y’all lovelies in the DC area? If you don’t have insurance or are low-income I would love to give a HUGE big ups to Mary’s Center (a few locations in both DC & PG county). They do magnificent work & when I was scared, unemployed, uninsured and pregnant they helped me to navigate the scariness of it all. They do great work for ESL families, teens and children as well. Not only do the offer basic health services but within their centers they also have WIC, dental, mental health, teen programs, parenting programs, midwives, women’s services, pediatric services, referrals, etc. I can’t even explain how much they helped me when I needed it most.
Chuck Brown- Don’t Mean a Thing
Go-Go Classic. R.I.P. Chuck
Happy Birthday Chuck Brown! Godfather of Go-Go & DC Legend! R.I.P.
Wtf….I just saw somebody riding a bicycle on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Whoaaa, that shit is dangerous as hell, not even wearing reflector thangs or anything & it’s almost dark. Smh….
My Phatty- CCB