Saturday, August 8, 2015

Still Life With Robin: DC State of Mind

By Msclguru [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons
by Peggy Robin

If you live in DC and participate in ANY social media  -- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pictogram, GrammoTwit, Face-o-fact (OK, I made those last three up) -- I’m sure someone in your circle has already posted a link to John Oliver’s pitch-perfect (and well-sung) defense of DC voting rights. No matter if you’ve seen it before, it’s worth seeing again. And if you haven’t seen it yet, this is your chance to find out what’s causing all the buzz. To paraphrase Evelyn Waugh, “It’s so banal, saying you haven’t [seen the latest thing of the moment] if you haven’t.”

While we’re on the subject of DC’s position among the 50 states, it’s worth a short detour to consider the position, both geographically and psychically, of the 50 states as laid out on the road map of DC. So I turn your attention to the methodologically rigorous and statistically solid analysis by blogger and DCist co-founder Michael Grass, who created this inarguably accurate table ranking the 50 states as DC avenues and streets according to their “gravitas”:

It’s so very gratifying to find California coming in dead last at something!


Still Life With Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

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