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Washington Versus America
nytimes ^ | September 22, 2012 | ROSS DOUTHAT

Posted on 09/24/2012 8:00:22 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

WHEN I moved to Washington, D.C., in 2002, you could sense that the nation’s capital had turned a corner after decades of decline. But the Washington of 10 years ago still looked basically like the city that had been scarred by riots in the 1960s and then emptied by white flight, with a prosperous northwest divided from a blighted south and east, and frontiers of gentrification that weren’t that many blocks from the Capitol itself.

No doubt there were boomtowns in the 19th-century Wild West that changed faster than D.C. did over the ensuing decade. But the changes to Washington have been staggering to watch. High-rises have leaped up, office buildings have risen, neighborhoods have been transformed. Streets once deserted after dusk are now crowded with restaurants and bars. A luxurious waterfront area is taking shape around the stadium that the playoff-bound Nationals call home. Million-dollar listings abound in neighborhoods that 10 years ago were transitional at best.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: economy; obamanomics

1 posted on 09/24/2012 8:00:27 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
H/T to hotair.

From the article:

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7 of the 10 richest American counties in 2011 were in the Washington, D.C., region.

2 posted on 09/24/2012 8:02:36 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ross Douthat = RINO and Palin basher. Why should we suspect he is telling the truth about anything?


3 posted on 09/24/2012 8:52:58 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (My game is disruption. I will use lethal force --my vote-- in self-defense against Obama.)
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To: backwoods-engineer
Thanks for the info.

I just thought it was interesting to show up in the NY Times....less than flattering to Washington also ....seems to me!

4 posted on 09/24/2012 9:49:33 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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