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Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 08/24/2011

Redskins vs. Ravens game makes us wonder which city is better (#TEAMDC or #TEAMBALT)

Washington Redskins Anthony Armstrong gets held by Baltimore Ravens Tom Zbikowski at Fedex-Field stadium Aug. 21 , 2010. (ETL-Jose L. Argueta - WWW.ELTIEMPOLATINO.COM)
As NFL rivalries go, the one between the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens is fairly tepid. In the District, the sight of a purple and metallic gold jersey doesn’t unleash the same amount of vitriol that flying a white-and-blue Dallas Cowboys flag would. And it’s a safe bet that in the Charm City, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan daring to walk the streets dressed in black and yellow is asking for a rousing round of trash talk.

But for all we lack in sporty competitiveness, D.C. and Baltimore could make up for it with an old-fashioned debate about the virtues of either city before Thursdays’s game.

The Washington Monument on Charles Street in Baltimore. (ERIC STOCKLIN - AP)
In one corner, Style Editor (and Baltimore resident) Frances Stead Sellers makes the case for Baltimore, saying, unlike stuffy Washington, the city’s not a Very Important Place, and that’s what gives it its charm:

People go to Washington for opportunity; when they come to Baltimore they find community. The one’s about work, while the other’s about life. And not la-di-da Georgetown-style life. Baltimore is Charm City because its neighborhoods exude a grubby kind of charm.

A cyclist pedals past the horse corral in Rock Creek Park, a beloved recreational area in Northwest Washington. (BILL O'LEARY - TWP)
In the other corner, the Posts’ humor columnist and Capitol Hill neighborhood resident Gene Weingarten stands up in defense of his corner of the District:

Some own, some rent, everybody knows everybody and nobody’s putting on airs. I walk everywhere, including to my dry cleaner, my bank, my post office, my fish market, my produce market, my meat market, my drug store, my rug store, my barber, my liquor store, my pet store, and half a hundred restaurants, including a British pub that will sell you, for eight bucks, a slice of homemade crusty bread and the marrow from three fat beef bones -- which, when married together, are a meal as succulent as caviar.

Personally, I can see the good in both cities: Washington is a breathtakingly beautiful city, especially at dusk or when the cherry blossoms bloom. But I’m also a big fan of Baltimore’s Camden Yards, and the city’s low-key attitude is refreshing. But what do you think? Which city do you think is a better place to live and why?

TELL US: Use #TEAMDC or #TEAMBALT on Twitter. Bonus points go to creative answers:

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