Should Washington’s Wards Have Their Own Flags?
The District's current flag is pretty cool, as countless tattoos attest. But is one flag not enough for D.C?
The Washington Post's Clinton Yates thinks so, arguing today that District residents should designs flags for each of the city's eight wards.
I think one of the most valuable parts of this process would be the exercise itself. Imagine legislating a process that involved local businesses, schools, historians and residents in the creation of an image that symbolizes the diversity of the District’s eight wards.
The city could commission a contest and take submissions for ideas. Let people vote on ideas at local libraries. Ask school kids what they think. It could be an empowering experience for local artists who don’t have the reach to get their work in galleries or public spaces.
Or, more realistically, a chance for people to flip out at each other and produce some very ugly flags.
Put your ward flag suggestions in the comments. I vote for Rich Uncle Pennybags' face for Ward 2.
Photo by Mr. T in D.C. used under a Creative Commons license.