This is the most marvelous of cities. It is not the tallest, nor the most tree-covered, nor the biggest, nor the trendiest, nor the richest.
Nor does it have to be to be first in our hearts today.
Gathered in congress in Philadelphia, the representatives of the people declared this to be an independent nation backed by divine providence and the sacred honor of those who lead her. Not long after this place on the Potomac was carved into being from Virginia and Maryland, and brought into existence, but not before much blood was spilled, fortunes lost, and cities and town burned and rebuilt. This city has been built and rebuilt and Kinsella’s army of bulldozers have erased and rewritten and erased this city’s past over and over again. Like a chalkboard, its shadows remain, and the whole combined picture is one of haunting beauty.
This is an incredible city, where all walks of life share small space. Where all backgrounds are represented in her government, and where even the smallest layer of civic life is infused with an incredible spirit of volunteerism and activism. Where neighborhood associations and ANCs are the lifeblood of our participation, no matter how contentious the results end up being.
Gathered on the patio of Fox & Hounds, we started We Love DC four years ago. We launched four years ago today with our declaration of love for the city, it continues on today, stronger than ever.
Thank you for reading, and cheers!