City Desk

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.

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  • @SamuelMoore

    This would make more sense if the boundaries were not redrawn, arbitrarily, ever ten years.

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    Sam: Clinton answered that on twitter already, saying we should just create new flags every 10 years.

    Of course, that would somewhat defeat the attempt at creating a unifying identity, one big reason flags exist.

  • Typical DC BS

    What a dumb idea.

  • whatthewhat

    If this exercise required no city resources, then I would not have a problem with it. But this exercise would have a cost, and I think those resources could be spent it ways that would have a greater benefit for DC residents.

  • Ward One Resident

    Clearly Clinton has never actually been involved in any community-oriented process in this city. People turn on each other faster than raw meat left in the hot sun. Seriously. Everything is a fight in D.C. with people saying some pretty nasty stuff to their neighbors and not thinking twice about it. This would end in disaster.

  • noodlez

    THIS A GREAT CALL AND IT WOULD PROVIDE AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR FOLKS TO COME TOGETHER AND WORK ON SOMETHING THAT WOULDN'T COST A LOT OF MONEY TO BRING TO FRUITION.

    I SUSPECT THAT MOST OF THEM BAMMAS CALLING THE EXCELLENT IDEA DUMB ARE TRANSIENT WHITE FOLK FROM THE MIDWEST THAT DON'T HAVE ANY HISTORY HERE AND SINCE THEY ARE TRANSPLANTING HERE THEY DON'T HAVE THE MIND FRAME TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT WOULD SUGGEST A KINDRED DC SPIRIT.

    WARD FLAGS WOULD REPRESENT SOME NEXT LEVEL SHIT AND AS A NATIVE WASHINGTONIAN I WOULD WELCOME SUCH A CAUSE AND WOULD SUPPORT A DRIVE FOR LOCAL ART TALENT TO GET INVOLVED ALONG WITH ALL SCHOOLS SUBMITTING A DRAFT OF WHAT THEY BELIEVE THEIR WARD REPRESENTS. EACH WARD COULD HAVE THEIR OWN BRACKET OF SUBMISSIONS FOR RESIDENTS OF EACH WARD TO VOTE ON. HISTORIANS, ARTS AND HUMANITIES AND DC GOV SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE SOME GUIDANCE.

    AS FOR BOUNDARY CHANGES JUST MARK WARDS BACK TO ORIGINAL BOUNDARIES. THE LINES MAY CHANGE BUT THE HISTORY OF EACH AREA WOULD STILL REMAIN CONSTANT. THE 3 STARS AND 2 BARS HAVE BECOME TOO HOLLYWOOD, TOO COMMERCIALIZED AND TOO MAIN STREAM.

    ONE CITY.

  • Logan Circler

    Oh, yeah this is a great idea most liking being touted by a graphic artist wannabe and a flag maker. Reminds me of that ridiculous mid-city arts district banner campaign. It was in the end a disastrous (to the already existing organizations from whom the time and money was essentially funneled) and mostly enriched the banner designer and cohorts to some figure well north of 100G. I wouldn't be surprised to learn it the same cows linig up at the feed trough.

  • Clinton Yates

    Thanks for reading, all!

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