This Week on Metro Connection: Washington & D.C.


Welcome to "Metro Connection," I'm Rebecca Sheir. And today, we're looking at Washington and D.C. Now, if you're a newcomer to this town, you might be thinking, what's the difference? Washington and D.C., they're interchangeable, right? Well, we decided to consult with someone, a long time Washingtonian, who's definitely been in the thick of things to give us a kind of crash course on the subject.


My name is Kojo Nnamdi. I have been living in Washington for the past 42 years.


He's also, of course, the host of the "Kojo Nnamdi Show" here on WAMU. And over the years, Kojo has developed something of an opinion on the difference between Washington and D.C.


Washington's image in the national view is of legislators and Supreme Court representatives and White House people and people who are associated with that and, of course, the sprawling federal government and its hundreds of thousands of employees.


But D.C., on the other hand, he says, is a city of neighborhoods and the people who associate with those neighborhoods and the quadrants they call home.


I had a friend who whenever people asked him where he was from, he said, "I'm from Northwest, man, what are you talking about," because he didn't want to be associated with other parts of the city. I have a son whose Facebook page name includes the word, uptown, because he now lives in Northeast Washington and he does not want to be confused with the people among whom he lives.


Well, for the next hour, we'll be talking with a bunch of people living in Washington, D.C. as we explore this relationship between the federal city and the, I don't know, city-city for lack of a better phrase. We'll look at the political worlds of city council and Congress and hear why they spin in such different orbits. We'll hear about the federal governments, green agenda and learn whether that agenda actually trickles down to the city where that government is based.


And we'll jump on Metro to find out who pays for what when it comes to making your ride a safe one. But first, we'll hear from people who are so enthralled with D.C. they're willing to declare their love in a rather personal and permanent way, by tattooing that love on their bodies. See, Tuesday was Flag Day and in celebration, a number of residents and city activists decided to get inked.


Metro Connection intern Lauren Landow went out to meet some of them at a Flag Day event in DuPont Circle in Northwest, D.C.


Everyone, a lot of people, are here to express their desire for equal rights.


It's on my left-side, on my ribcage, it's a D.C. flag and then beneath that is 51 in black script. You know, something happened this year and I just suddenly became aware of D.C.'s status. I'm a UDC law intern so I've been working with the ACLU. It's something I feel passionately about. And then, I got it because someone posted on my Facebook wall a video about this event with a caption, I dare you. And so I got off the couch and went and got my tattoo.


I recently moved to the D.C. area from Denver and that's what I have back to back there is the Denver flag. I just thought it would be nice to show a kind of a new phase of my life as I move to a new city and get a new start.


There are three stars vertically. I wanted to turn it on its head. That's essentially what I plan on doing and what we all out here plan on doing with Congress, is turning it on its head and actually giving us our vote and some statehood and not making us a colony anymore.
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