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Old 08-18-2013, 11:26 AM
 
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Nine reasons the Baltimore vs. D.C. debate needs to die | Citypaper Blogs

Nine reasons the Baltimore vs. D.C. debate needs to die

August 14, 2013
By Brandon Weigel


This morning, the folks over at b dropped a pretty hefty lists of reasons — 100 in all — our city, Baltimore, is better than nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Holy hell, that’s a lot of reasons. Naturally, people in D.C. weren’t going to let this go unanswered, so a writer at Washington City Paper put together a list of the reasons b‘s list of reasons stinks.
Both lists landed some pretty good punches. D.C. is expensive! Boh isn’t even brewed in Baltimore anymore! I admit to being amused by both.
Still, it’s an argument that’s been had again and again and again and again. Can we be done with this now? Please? Yes folks, two municipalities with unique histories and cultures have different things about them. Isn’t that something?
Listen, we here at City Paper have taken the bait on this argument a number of times. Pretty much every publication in each city has. It’s time to give the dead horse a rest. Here are nine reasons (it couldn’t be anything other than a list, right? Also: seriously b, how the **** did you come up with 100? This **** is hard.) to put this argument to bed.


1. Each city has cool stuff.
The Smithsonian! The Walters! U Street! Hampden! Ben’s Chili Bowl! Chaps Pit Beef! Chances are many of you have been to all of these destinations and had a good time. We can enjoy other things in other places! There is almost certainly something to like about each town, even if you’re a curmudgeonly *******. Hey, I bet each city has a place where curmudgeonly *******s get together to be all curmudgeonly and *******-y, even. Everybody wins.


2. We have some similarities, too.
You know that we’re both located off the Chesapeake Bay, right? And that the whole “
summer wouldn’t be complete without cracking some crabs” thing is not unique, you know? And that we both enjoy things like the Eastern Shore and Ocean City and the Appalachian Mountains and Annapolis and all the splendor of Maryland, yeah? It’s almost as if we’re only separated by 40 miles.


3. The pending arrival of the weekend MARC.
Everybody seemed pretty over the moon when it was announced that MARC, the train that connects our two cities, would finally expand service to weekends. Why? Because it will be so much easier to travel to the city you don’t live in and get blotto without the hassle of trying to find a way home, of course. Oh, and to visit all those other things in item 1. Just think: we’ll be united by rail!


4. There are plenty of cities we can troll together.
I mean, have you seen some of the jabronies they’re producing up there in Philadelphia? And when was the last time Richmond did anything cool? I can’t think of anything. And Charlotte — whew boy, talk about bland. Point being: there are so many more places we can direct our hate than at each other.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:29 AM
 
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I don't know if the writer is trying to quell this beef, or indirectly creating new ones?! There are good points being made, but with lines like this.."I mean, have you seen some of the jabronies they’re producing up there in Philadelphia? And when was the last time Richmond did anything cool? I can’t think of anything."

Taking jabs at Philly and Richmond eh? Lol

Jabronies: A person who says stupid things all the time, often without knowing how dumb they really sound.

*Damn, that's cold!!
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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Number 5 should have been #1 and #9.

5. Even if you are staunchly on one side, pretty much everything has been said already.
Seriously. If you insist on sipping on the haterade, all of your arguments have been made. Every single one. It’s well-covered territory. Everyone can recite them by heart. The End.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:44 AM
 
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The #1 reason this needs to die is that most of the people in this region live, neither in Baltimore nor DC. They live outside those jurisdictions and can choose to take advantage of what each have to offer or none of what each has to offer. There is plenty to do around here without having to put you life at risk going into a city(pick one) with crime rates that never seem to be out of the news.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Baltimore / Montgomery County, MD
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Both cities could learn from each other.
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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In general, I don't mind hearing and reading comparisons and contrasts between both cities and metro areas. The only time I get ticked is when some intern/fed who has recently relocated to D.C. from Mississippi or Utah claims how "fun and exciting" D.C. is and how run down and ghetto Baltimore is based on some random gas fill up on Caton Avenue.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:25 PM
 
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Both cities could learn from each other.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:53 AM
 
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I hate the way black Baltimoreans think. They can be some of the most narrow-minded people you could ever run into.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:24 AM
 
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Most people who moved to Baltimore secretly wanted to live in DC, but couldn't afford it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:54 AM
 
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Lololollololololololololol!!!!


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most people who moved to baltimore secretly wanted to live in dc, but couldn't afford it.
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