Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

So there once was a neighborhood with two families living side-by-side for a long time. Say, 230 years or so. Then one day, one family decides to paint their house red, while the other paints their house blue. That’s Washington metro area politics in a nutshell, according to the Washington Post. The article is politics 101 for anyone who has spent more than six months in the area. No great revelations here, but having lived on both sides of the Potomac, I have to say that the mommy/daddy dichotomy works. You also have to recognize class differences as well (“there you go bringing class into it again!”), with Maryland being the home of mostly minority, hourly workers and Virginia the home of the white professionals. There are far more yuppies here in VA than there were in MD.


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