chapter  6
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Bodies and the city: Washington DC

In an editorial one would not expect from a devout Republican associated with the American Enterprise Institute, David Frum writes:

I live in Washington, in a neighborhood that is home to lawyers, political consultants, television personalities and the chief executive of the TIAACREF pension fund . . . the kind of neighborhood where almost nobody does her own yardwork or vacuums his own floor. Children’s birthday parties feature rented moon bounces or hired magicians . . . Four miles to the southeast there stretches a different Washington. More than one-third of the people live in poverty. Close to half the young children are overweight. Fewer than half the adults work. The rate of violent crime is more than 10 times that of the leafy streets of my neighborhood.390