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He lives in the District of Columbia itself--a virtual war zone where full-time paranoia is actually a healthy survival skill.

Again, if you mean that literally, you're wrong except for the absolute worst neighbourhoods and I doubt your cousin spends much of his time hanging out in Anacostia.

by MarekNYC on Sun Jun 29th, 2008 at 03:28:10 PM EST
Where'd this idea of Anacostia as a warzone come from?  Baltimore is a warzone.  Anacostia's isn't nearly as bad as people make it out to be.  Within the District, it's the area between Congress Heights and Southern Avenue that's rough, but even that's bearable these days with the investment going into CH.  ENE DC is probably worse than SE.

Really, PG County is where the crime is these days.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jun 29th, 2008 at 11:23:23 PM EST
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It was hell when I lived in DC in the mid nineties. I once did the figures and it worked out to a one percent annual death rate from murder for young black males in Anacostia back then - think about what that means when spread out from around sixteen to twenty-eight.
by MarekNYC on Mon Jun 30th, 2008 at 12:37:16 AM EST
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Ah, okay, fair enough.  Anacostia was rough in the mid-1990s.  It's movin' up these days, though.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Jun 30th, 2008 at 07:46:17 AM EST
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