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This Week on Metro Connection: Rivalry and Competition

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:06:40
Welcome to “Metro Connection,” I'm Rebecca Sheir. And this week, we're talking about rivalry and competition, two words that might especially resonate in this neck of the woods. In fact, Washington, D.C. has been declared the 11th most competitive city in the world. That's according to the Global Urban Competitiveness project, which ranks 500 cities on their ability to attract and use resources to generate wealth.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:07:06
But what do everyday Washingtonians think about all this? Well, we hit the streets to find out.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE 1

13:07:13
Yeah, it's, like, one of the most competitive cities out here in the United States. This is, like, the center of politics, the center of high thought. This is where a lot of fashionable ideas begin.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE 2

13:07:26
Everybody's trying to make a big living here, look good, own big homes, travel, own big cars. There's a lot of people trying to impress others around here.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE 3

13:07:36
Well, just in high school, all the kids are really competitive with each other academically and sports. Always trying to be the best, like their parents.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE 3

13:07:44
If you are trying to start a new career, coming from different parts of the United States and trying to come into the city for the job market, then it can be competitive. In that sense, overall, I feel that that is a good thing because with that competition, be -- you're fine tuning yourself, you're challenging your mind, your whole personality is improving because you have to be on the top of your toes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE 3

13:08:09
But a bad part of it can come where you don't reach out to others to help, to interact with people that are not in your circle. So if you know how to decipher between the two most, being professional and also being sociable, then I don't see competition as a bad thing.

SHEIR

13:08:24
That last comment, about how competition can, maybe be a good thing or a bad thing. Well, okay, we won't quite get a definitive answer on today's show, but we will take a look at all sorts of instances of rivalry and competition in the D.C. region. From the trials and tribulations of the cut-throat real estate market to one local student's dream, finally nabbing the Scripts National Spelling Bee medal and keeping it here in Washington, D.C.

SHEIR

13:08:49
Plus, we'll investigate the claims of all those eateries in Ocean City, Md., who claim their crab cakes, saltwater taffy, French fries, et cetera, are the best on the beach. And we'll check out a brand new play in D.C. that takes sibling rivalry to new comedic heights.
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