On Tuesday at the inaugural parade, our new president and vice-president walked by the new sign by the Wilson Building tabulating the total federal taxes paid by District residents without representation. On top of this (likely futile) attempt to educate the country, the Council proposed last year to change the name of South Capitol St. to Taxation Without Representation St.
So long as we’re making a political issue out of our street names, why not address the representation issue head on?
One argument sometimes put forward to deny the District statehood is that with two senators and our small population, we’d be “over-representated” in the Senate. But aren’t we already extending a lot of the states a similar overrepresentation? Not in the legislative sense of the word, but in the geographic sense? In other words, what states get more asphalt on our streets than their populations deserve? Find out after the jump:
The Georgetown Metropolitan is proud to present the first in an ongoing series of thought pieces titled “Why Not”, wherein we explore different ideas for our neighborhood that are not typically discussed. The first installment relates to the street names. As described ad naseum last week, most of the streets in Georgetown used to have different names. They were changed in 1880 to be consistent with the rest of the District’s street grid. In the interests of celebrating Georgetown’s past as an independent city, should we consider changing them back?
Of course not, but there’s another option for recognizing the past that comes from the Crescent City. Find out after the jump:
Filed under History, Why Not
Running between N and O St. is a road that is mostly called Dumbarton St. However, in more than a few places it is called Dumbarton Ave. For instance, Dumbarton United Methodist Church uses the address “3133 Dumbarton Avenue”. Also, several homes are labeled with “Dumbarton Ave.” Hell, as shown above, Google Maps can’t make up its mind and just calls it both.
So what’s the deal? Why the split personality? For the answers, follow GM back through the 18th and 19th centuries after the jump: