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Posted at 1:19 PM ET, 01/13/2011

D.C. wins popularity contest

By Elizabeth Flock
Movers load items on a moving van in 2005. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)

United Van Lines, the United States' largest moving and relocation company, has ranked Washington D.C. as the most popular place to move in 2010, NBC reported today.

The District has been bestowed the dubious title of “highest inbound” city, with 64.3 percent of people moving in rather than out.

So, to what can we owe these laurels?

Could it be the torpid millennial youths flocking to a city where they can expect a good deal of their work week canceled whenever there's a flurry of snow? Or to the rise of Capital Bikeshare, which calls to mind an insouciant city like Amsterdam, free of political discussions and full of other highs?

It's got to be more obvious that that. The influx of people to our city must have been in tandem with the arrival of Mayor Vincent Gray. And let's not forget that well-known art form that came with him: hand dancing.

Well, Mr. Gray, UVL says don't break out the champagne yet. Because it's the third consecutive year the District has won the popularity contest, and everyone knows you were more concerned with your fence in the first two years UVL dished out this prize.

Here's the real question: Why doesn't UVL talk about the people who've moved out of our city? Really, less than 33 percent have fled the snowmageddons? Less than 33 percent left with Tai Shan the panda? Doubtful.

Let's face it, in anticipation of the coming pay freeze, we have no idea how many federal workers exited the District using just two guys and a truck. I know I would.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 13, 2011; 1:19 PM ET
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Or could it be that they are eager to be beaten or spat upon by teenagers on public transportation? No, these are lobbyists and elitists being moved at corporate expense. My the face of the city has changed in the past 10 years. One can no longer detect regional accents or dialects of those coming and going. Everyone is self-centered and sound as if they are from the same place...some imaginary fabricated place...a place that I like to call "Pretentia".

Posted by: CalmTruth | January 13, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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