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D.C. Is Weird, in Charts

Mayor Vince Gray opened his presentation of his administration's new five-year economic development strategy yesterday with a word of enthusiasm to his audience: "I think you'll be absolutely thrilled. I mean, look at all these charts!"

Indeed. The 112-page report is full of intriguing ideas—District-wide Wi-Fi! the largest technology center on the east coast! loads of Chinese tourists!—but the real highlight is the charts. And more than anything, they underscore one fact: Compared to national averages, D.C. is weird on a whole number of levels. Take a look:


  1. #1

    So when you say "weird," you're making an editorial statement to drag us in and increase page views. Got it, and you clearly succeeded!

    A more appropriate adjective might be "exceptional," though, just to avoid unnecessary harm to the English language.

  2. #2


    Congratulations on discerning the point of headlines: "to drag [readers] in." And likewise, on realizing that our writers make editorial statements in their writing. If you're looking for stories that have no point of view and give no one any particular reason to want to read them, you may want to seek another news organization.

    Merriam-Webster seems to put "weird" into territory where you can hardly claim its use here does any harm to the English language, though.

  3. #3

    That is some incredibly lazy journalism!

  4. #4

    Ouch, Mike. That smarts.

  5. #5

    all this tells me is that there are a whole bunch of lawyers and consultants in DC making shitloads of money and completely removed from the economic experience of average Americans

  6. #6

    Decided misuse of the word "weird". .. 2/3 of the synonyms you linked would have seemed ridiculous if subbed

  7. #7

    OTOH which is weirder - so many of DCs professionals are lawyers, or so many the US' professionals are in finance?

  8. #8

    and the retail mix - guess what, a dense walkable center city has fewer car dealers! and more restaurants! wow, I am flabbergasted. Not.

    I miss Lydia.

  9. #9

    Hmm, I've seen the GDP and legal stuff before, but the retail one is interesting. 74% more restaurant employees than the national average certainly seems to make sense, although the overrepresentation of restaurants is also due to the city's huge daytime-only population. Seems that the only category that's underrepresented and poised for growth is "general merchandise," by which they mean department stores? Wal-Mart? Costco?

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