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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 08/16/2011

Southwest D.C. undergoes another transformation attempt

I watched a TV show last night called “Most Eligible Dallas” on Bravo and it was fascinating. Yes, on the surface it’s just another phony reality show about socialites in Texas. But, the premiere episode actually held my attention marginally. Then again, it might end up being terrible. Still no black people on the show yet. We’ll see.

If you’re wondering why you’re not rich yet, it might be because you haven’t taken advantage of the federal government. Across the region, contracting with Uncle Sam has made a fair amount of people rich beyond their expectations and apparently, many of them live in Great Falls, Va. To put it more generally, the Washington area has the highest median income level of any metropolitan area in the country. But, the income gaps are still quite prevalent from some people living in rich
Nationals Park on opening day, March 31, 2011 (Photograph by Mike Kane)
neighborhoods, The Post’s Annie Gowen reports.

Southwest D.C. has always been a bit of an enigma. The quadrant I grew up with is now the area of the city most ripe for full-blown gentrification. With the completion of the new Arena Stage and renewed interest in the area due to Nationals Park, it’s no longer just that stretch of land down past I-395. The Post’s Elizabeth Flock reports on the latest reinvention effort, pointing out that Tara Reid apparently hangs out at Capitol Skyline hotel. Might be time to stop going there.

Apparently, Rick Perry is THE MAN. Everywhere I turn I hear
Rick Perry: A “good-looking rascal”? (Charles Dharapak - AP)
about this guy taking over the Republican presidential field, Bill Clinton called him a “good-looking rascal” (whatever that means) and some say he’s on the fast track to the bid even though he was the latest to enter the race. The Post’s Richard Cohen says Perry reminds him a fair amount of Ronald Reagan and Marc A. Theissen says Mitt Romney doesn’t stand a chance. Slate’s John Dickerson reports on Perry’s chances.

America’s consumer relationship with Asia is incredible to me. Chinese companies seem to manufacture all our products, yet low-rent movie and music stars stateside can gain major popularity in say, Japan. And as the global economy sits in turmoil, U.S. companies are trying to find a way to become more popular in Asia. Foreign Policy breaks down which brands have the most selling power in the far East; the list includes Buick, KFC and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

It’s not-yet-but-soon-to-be-Nationals update time. Last night, the team inked their first five draft picks to deals, spending more than $16M
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg. (Luis Alvarez - AP)
combined, but making the point that ownership is willing to pony up cash to get to level prospects. So, general manager Mike Rizzo is a happy man, The Post’s Adam Kilgore reports. Also, Stephen Strasburg’s next rehab start is scheduled for Hagerstown. And if you haven’t seen Bryce Harper’s colossal walkoff shot in AA the night, check it out.

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