Recently after the election, many have been speculating that Georgetown’s position as the epicenter of the Washington political social life would return. The idea was not that Sally Quinn’s dinner parties would be relevant again, but rather that Republicans, back in power, would return to the boozy bars they prowled in during the W. Bush years. Notwithstanding these speculations, Fritz Brogan, one of the movers behind that early aughts nightlife, argued that, no actually neither scene would return to Georgetown.
GM is here to argue that regardless of who and where, the Georgetown-centered political era is finished. And good riddance to it.
GM started the Georgetown Metropolitan eight years ago with one particular goal in mind: to advance the radical notion that Georgetown is occupied by normal people, living mostly normal lives that happen to be located in Georgetown.
That’s why he mostly ignores breathless accounts of who’s eating at Cafe Milano, or who was seen leaving Bob Woodward’s house. There are approximately 10,000 residents in Georgetown, and almost every single one of them has never been to a cocktail party at John Kerry’s house. But most of them have walked through Rose Park, or shopped at the Safeway, or lamented that there’s not a closer hardware store. That is the Georgetown that GM cares about.
The most interesting people GM has met around Georgetown aren’t the types to get the bold faced name treatment in the Politico or Washington Post. And this has been true for Georgetown for a long time. As GM is fond of pointing out, at the time that Jackie Kennedy was sending hand-written invites for her tea parties, hippies and beatniks were hanging out on 31st St. having far more fun.
So if Georgetown is going to avoid a relapse of it being the social epicenter of political Washington, then fantastic.