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Posted at 1:21 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

How does the D.C. Council stack up?

By Martin Austermuhle

We love comparing ourselves to other cities throughout the country, so why not put the District's august legislative body against 14 of its counterparts to see how it stacks up?

That's exactly what the Philadelphia Research Initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts did, and today, it's rolling out the results in a report titled "City Councils in Philadelphia and Other Major Cities: Who Holds Office, How Long They Serve, and How Much It All Costs." The report ranks our D.C. Council against legislative bodies in New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Detroit, Los Angeles, Boston, Phoenix and seven more according to a number of quantifiable measures, including budgets, staffs, salaries and tenure.

So where does the D.C. Council perform well and where does it do poorly?

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Martin Austermuhle  | February 2, 2011; 1:21 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network  
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