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Umm? The District of Columbia? [Jun. 16th, 2009|04:43 pm]
Lanette
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If it isn't a state, what state is it part of? Is it in Pennsylvania? Now I feel like an idiot because I search for it on a list of states forever. Are they refusing to make it a state because it will mess up statistics by becoming the most violent and sucky state in the union (I heard they have a reputation for violence and shootings?).
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[User Picture]From: gfrancie
2009-06-16 11:54 pm (UTC)
It isn't part of a state. It is officially a city. It was originally a municipality.
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[User Picture]From: gfrancie
2009-06-16 11:55 pm (UTC)
At least the city of Washington was, before it was combined with the territory of Columbia.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-06-17 12:07 am (UTC)
Yet still we have to specify that we are from the "State of Washington" or "Not DC" when out of the country. How shameful. :)
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[User Picture]From: graphxgrrl
2009-06-17 12:03 am (UTC)
Also, it's located between Maryland and Virginia on the Potomac. The district has a representative in congress--but she has no voting rights.

Like any large city it has its share of violence, I would suspect that the bad parts of DC aren't any worse than the bad parts of say, Chicago or NYC. I have no stats to back that up with though.

And there are actually "states" out there that are technically "commonwealths" as well, just to be confusing.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-06-17 12:08 am (UTC)
It's very confusing. We have to make sure to specify that we are from Washington State and not DC to people in other countries not to confuse them and yet I live in the US and have no idea why we have such a confusing status for our Capitol. It's like Guam or something almost.

Oh, I forgot to say, at one point a few years ago they were number one in murders by gun violence for cities, but I think that isn't true anymore.

Edited at 2009-06-17 12:13 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2009-06-17 01:15 am (UTC)
I've never really felt 'scared' while in DC with few exceptions, and those are the places to avoid and FAR from most of the touristy areas, and the metro is - of the subways I've ridden - one of the cleanest and safest I've seen. I used to ride it home from "metro center" (about 2 blocks from the white house and the center of the metro system) at about 9-10pm everynight when I worked there.
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[User Picture]From: graphxgirl
2009-06-17 07:05 pm (UTC)
yes, massachusetts is referred to around here as "the commonwealth"...

and we still have the "registry of motor vehicles" as opposed to the "department of motor vehichles"...
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[User Picture]From: bobthebadger
2009-06-17 12:17 am (UTC)
Originally, the thought was that the capitol of our country should not belong to any one state, preventing "undo influence" etc. Of course, its had its own fair share of abuses and scandals.

The wiki article is has a lot of pretty good information.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_D.C.

I don't tend to call it "Washington DC", but just D.C etc. But I have the excuse for having lived "nearby" and worked there for a time. I don't think I ever heard it called Washington, D.C. while living there except for folks new to the area etc.

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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2009-06-17 01:11 am (UTC)
nope, we all call it either just "DC" or "washington" ( but I've only really heard that when I was living in VA)
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[User Picture]From: matrixx
2009-06-17 01:52 am (UTC)
Most everyone I know calls it "the district" or DC. Washington is just too many syllables for someone who has to spend four hours a day commuting!
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[User Picture]From: xantha
2009-06-17 12:39 am (UTC)
I was born in the city itself, lived my first 17 years in the area (MD side), and recently spent another 5+ years living there again (VA side, about 5 minutes from DC). The city I lived in in VA -- Arlington -- actually used to be part of DC until it was given back to the commonwealth of VA in 1840-something.

DC is a very strange situation. I can understand and appreciate not wanting the capital of the country to be part of any one state. However the residents of DC get screwed over with the lack of voting rights. There are a lot of movements to make it the 51st state -- it always fails. The default current license plates in DC have said "Taxation without Representation" for the past 10-15 years or so.

When Nick and I got our marriage license in Reno, we had to give our birthplace (DC for both of us). We responded, "Washington, DC" knowing that the woman had to type in the city and select the state from the form drop-down. She was really, really confused. "What state is DC part of?" It was so foreign to us to have that question, both having grown up there (despite us both living elsewhere for 8+ years).

Also, violence and shootings in DC are not really much more than any other big city. Seattle is a weird place to live in that respect.
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[User Picture]From: carryaway
2009-06-17 12:48 am (UTC)
It's Maryland's land, but it is not a state - not apart of a state either. It's DC.

It's not meant to be a state because it's the "nation's capital".

Baltimore and Washington are often #1 in Crime and Homicide.
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2009-06-17 01:15 am (UTC)
But Baltimore is WAY scarier than DC if you ask me!!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-06-17 01:22 am (UTC)
I haven't been to either. I'd like to do the whole East Coast tour sometime. I LOVED the heck out of NYC and regret not going to a Broadway show. I can't wait to go again and correct that oversight.
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2009-06-17 01:09 am (UTC)
Its a district of Maryland but doesn't really follow MD state laws, have any representatives of government, but does pay taxes. Which is why a few years ago the DC license plates changed to say "taxation without representation"
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