MS. REBECCA SHEIR
I'm Rebecca Sheir and welcome back to "Metro Connection." Today's show is all about being an outsider. And coming up in just a moment, we'll hear from some of the tourists who come to D.C., from all over the country, and are perhaps the most visible outsiders in the city. We'll also go inside a local organization that's trying to break down some of the barriers that keep people with disabilities on the fringes of the arts world.
MS. REBECCA SHEIR
But first, we continue our tour of the U.S. as we get a perspective on what folks in other cities think of the nation's capital. We already heard from some of the good people of New York, now we head to the middle of the country, more or less and hit the streets of Minneapolis where reporter Matt Sepic brings us some Midwestern impressions of the people and culture of Washington, D.C.
From people that I know that have lived there, I've heard that it's a really fun place to live. And there are a lot of really cool neighborhoods, a lot of good food, a lot of different people from other places in the world so kind of an international city, I guess.
The thing that Washington is, of course, best known for is the way that politicians run against it. It's the sort of phantasm of evil. You know, it's this bureaucratic, you know, it's like something out of an Eastern European satirical novel from the '60s where everything's gridlocked and it's all corruption and everything like that. And actually, I have to admit, I get pretty steamed at that after a while because I'm like, you know, people live here. It's not the whole city.
I think of a picture of the nation's capital. I think about the national museum. I think about 30 other galleries and museums that are there. I think about the spacious walkways. You know, what a beautiful thing it is for a large city with an extraordinary number of tourists that they have there. It seems to move along pretty well.
Those were residents on Hennepin Ave. in the uptown area of Minneapolis, talking with reporter Matt Sepic.
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