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View Poll Results: Washington DC: Southern, Northern, or No Man's Land?
Northern City with Southern Overtones 13 33.33%
Southern city with Northern Overtones 4 10.26%
A hybrid of both 13 33.33%
No Man's Land- its neither duck nor pond. 9 23.08%
Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-09-2007, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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... what is the old saying describing DC, northern charm and southern efficiency?
I like that one!
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:22 PM
 
Location: In God
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Even as a dye-in-the-wool Southerner, I have a hard time accepting Washington as a true Northern City.

Having been there many times, it feels vastly different from say New York, Boston, or Philadelphia. Its long hot humid summers and mild winters, are certainly something too. And it is below the Mason Dixon line. The cherry Blossoms, and the fact that 50 years ago it was a Country and Western Music Capital (back when Country Music was distinctly Southern and not International as it is now), I would say Washington is a Southern city with Northern overtones.

What do you all think?
What do cherry blossoms have to do with the south? Those trees are not native to the south. Those trees in D.C. were given to America by Japan.
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:47 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I live in Maryland near DC and the problem is that we've had a lot of transplants from up north, especially the New York area. No, none of us natives want them but there's nothing we can do about them. They've completely changed the mentality of this area and our way of life.

Ya'll in North Carolina and Georgia, do what you can to keep those people out of your states.
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:48 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I never got the northern charm and southern efficiency thing. It should be the opposite!!!

Northern cities have absolutely no charm at all. I think of depressing brick tenements, rowhouses, etc....very very drab. The South, I think tree lined streets, weeping willows, plantations, etc. Compare Boston and Philadelphia with Savannah and Charleston and its obviously the South has a lot more charm.

But the North is more "efficient"....but that also means they're unfriendly, harried and pushy all the time. While the South is more laid-back.
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Where is the option for Northern city without Southern undertones? Washington is the beginning of the Northeastern megalopolis: DC, Baltimore, Philly, New York, Boston. Also known as BosNYWash (pronounced Bozneywash).
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Also.. I'm going to take issue with the "Charm" thing. When I think of Northern towns, I think of Dickensian village squares in the snowfall, white clapboard farmhouses set against a backdrop of a palette of fall colors, and Central Park in the spring with couples being carried in horsedrawn carriages. When I think of the South, I think of particle board housing pods set behind WalMarts and 8 lane superhighways. I suppose it all depends on your perspective.
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Old 06-09-2007, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I never got the northern charm and southern efficiency thing. It should be the opposite!!!

Northern cities have absolutely no charm at all. I think of depressing brick tenements, rowhouses, etc....very very drab. The South, I think tree lined streets, weeping willows, plantations, etc. Compare Boston and Philadelphia with Savannah and Charleston and its obviously the South has a lot more charm.

But the North is more "efficient"....but that also means they're unfriendly, harried and pushy all the time. While the South is more laid-back.

Terrapin, obviously you hate the Northeast, and didn't enjoy your bus tour of the region. But your generalization is weak. One could just as easily say look at the rowhouses in Boston and Philadelphia and compare them to the parking lots and strip malls of Atlanta and Charlotte and conclude that the South has no charm. Another bogus generalization.

Anyway, to this question... I consider DC as the gateway to the Northeast Corridor/Northeast Megalopolis. It shares qualities of both the northeast and southeast regions. If I had to say it leaned more one way or the other, I think I'd say it leans a bit more northeast, but not by much.
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Old 06-09-2007, 01:59 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Where is the option for Northern city without Southern undertones? Washington is the beginning of the Northeastern megalopolis: DC, Baltimore, Philly, New York, Boston. Also known as BosNYWash (pronounced Bozneywash).
THat's exactly what I thought.
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:14 PM
 
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I never got the northern charm and southern efficiency thing. It should be the opposite!!!

Northern cities have absolutely no charm at all. I think of depressing brick tenements, rowhouses, etc....very very drab. The South, I think tree lined streets, weeping willows, plantations, etc. Compare Boston and Philadelphia with Savannah and Charleston and its obviously the South has a lot more charm.

But the North is more "efficient"....but that also means they're unfriendly, harried and pushy all the time. While the South is more laid-back.
Are you serious Terrapin? It's meant to be a play-on-words... JFK, when he said that, was sort of poking fun at the capital... it is usually northern efficiency and southern charm, but by reversing this, JFK was being sly and was implying that the city had neither charm (as a Southern city would) nor efficiency (as a Northern city would).

Get it?
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Old 06-10-2007, 02:51 AM
 
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IMO, with the gridlock traffic, high cost of living, and international diversity of the DC and its surrounding suburbs, the DC area can be argued as having some western attributes as well, lol.
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