Amen, Ezra

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‘Tree Death in DC’
courtesy of ‘Wayan Vota’

It won’t win him any points with Remy but it’s raised him up in my estimation. During his Post chat today, Ezra “all health care all the time” Klein fielded a question outside his normal beat: where to live in the area.

Adam – Zurich, Switzerland: A bit off topic, but maybe you could throw this in at the end of your chat session. My wife and I are moving to the DC area, where would you recommend living for an urban 30-something couple? If you had to choose between Clarendon, Rosslyn or Ballston, which would it be?

Ezra Klein: None of them! I recommend living in DC if you can, particularly the Mt. Pleasant or Columbia Heights area. Petworth is getting better fast, and it’s comparatively affordable, and some interesting stuff is happening down in the 5th and K area.

Kudos for the D.C. love, Ezra, and for encouraging newcomers to actually live in the city.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


6 thoughts on “Amen, Ezra

  1. Oh for sure it’s an insufficient answer. But considering how little he had to go on and how off-topic it was for a chat about US policy issues I think it was fair.

  2. People who label neighborhoods as ‘getting better’ or ‘up and coming’ fall into one of a few categories:

    –don’t live there, never have
    –own a car so they can breeze by all the decaying property, trash, and crime that others have to experience in walking-pace detail
    –can use the safety of their vehicle to at least slow down, if not stop, stray bullets

    This couple didn’t ask which district neighborhood to live in, they listed three arlington neighborhoods. One might presume they are intelligent enough to have a reason for it and expected an intelligent answer.

  3. Please, stay away from Petworth. It may be really affordable, but it’s not really safe there.