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View Poll Results: Do you consider Washington, D.C. the nation's and world's most powerful city?
Definitely, yes! 13 27.66%
No. 34 72.34%
Voters: 47. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-20-2010, 06:52 PM
 
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DC has no intrinsic power. Does the fact that powerful people make important decisions happen to work there make the city, itself, powerful? Those people don't work for DC. Heck, most of them don't even work for the US, really. They are, or should be, working for their constituents.

DC's power is purely circumstantial. It's an office building shaped like a city filled with a lot of people who don't even have proper congressional representation.
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:54 AM
 
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DC has no intrinsic power. Does the fact that powerful people make important decisions happen to work there make the city, itself, powerful? Those people don't work for DC. Heck, most of them don't even work for the US, really. They are, or should be, working for their constituents.

DC's power is purely circumstantial. It's an office building shaped like a city filled with a lot of people who don't even have proper congressional representation.
And this is diffrent from New York how???
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Nooooo. New York and London.
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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And this is diffrent from New York how???
New Yorkers at least have voting representation in state and national government. New York's importance developed much more organically than DC's. It is the largest city in the nation and one of the most important financial hubs in the world, and unlike DC it was not created for the exclusive purpose of being the seat of government.

As I said before, the vast majority of elected representatives (the legislative branch) in DC are not representing the federal gov't, per se, but their widely distributed constituents. Their presence in DC is coincidental.

Powerful people are in DC, but where's the city's power? I just don't see it.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Columbia Heights, D.C.
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No, Washington D.C. is not the nation's most powerful city. It's an unremarkable town of small size otherwise overlooked by our nation.
D.C. isn't that small....

People always make D.C. sound like its Mayberry or its just full of government people blah blah blah.

Well its not, its actually a real city with natives and families who have been here for generations. It gets overlooked in a sense a lot of people don't see D.C. as a real city because they've never really been to D.C. or spent enough time in it and explore the city and its suburbs, which are among in the top 10 in population and size. D.C. has 600K residents, the suburbs in MD and VA however make the metro area a size of over 5 million people. D.C.'s daytime population is over 1 million. We have rich area, good area, okay areas, and hoods, yes we have hoods in the nations capitol always have. D.C. is a symbol of power and authority whether people like or not we are the capital of the most powerful country in the world. We have one of the best subway systems in the country too, ranking #2 in daily ridership and #3 in track length with 86 stations, 106.1 miles of track, and 5 lines with other line, 23 miles and 11 stations under construction as we speak which will make our system #2 in this country in both categories. Given all of this, the only city in this country that can make a legit argument about being more powerful than D.C. is NYC. On a worldwide perspective, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Moscow and so forth still aren't more powerful politically than D.C., not one bit.

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Old 09-21-2010, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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No, it's not. Money makes the world go round, not politics. Corporations and international bankers own politicians like so many coins in their pockets.
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