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Cesspool on the Potomac

“The city of Washington was built on a stagnant swamp some 200 years ago, and very little has changed. It stank then, and it stinks now.”   -Lisa Simpson, “Cesspool on the Potomac” essay, The Simpsons episode #8F01.

I’m a fairly-committed fan of New York City, so it is to much dismay that my partner is currently living in Washington D.C., the most blatantly uncultured, segregated, and flat-out tasteless place I have ever visited.

Thus, it is with a bit of puerile glee I came across this article by Frank Rich proclaiming what is fairly obvious: that D.C. is a joke of a “city” to represent our nation as capital. Sure, enumerating the advantages of NYC over DC is like shooting fish in a barrel, but the article still manages to be quite amusing.

“The capital’s restaurants can’t compete with those of Vegas, let alone New York, Chicago and the Seattle-to-Los Angeles culinary axis of the West. Its taxicabs have a suspect fee structure as gerrymandered as the map of Congressional voting districts. While New York has contributed to the American language such joyous words as ”whoopee” and ”hot dog,” Washington has coined ”inside the Beltway” and ”Department of Homeland Security.” America’s songwriters and poets have repeatedly celebrated Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island too – not to mention San Francisco, Chicago and St. Louis – but where is that romantic lyric about the capital? ”Hail to the Redskins” will have to do.”

Other snide, urban snobs should be sure to check out the full article.

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