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    Reflections on Chocolate City
    By Eugene Robinson
    Three mayors and an inauguration.
    1991: Three mayors and an inauguration (James A. Parcell/TWP)
    Thirty years ago, Washington was torn apart by riots following the slaying of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, writes Eugene Robinson, Washington is four cities: "one white and well-off, one black and well-off, one made up of struggling recent immigrants, and one black and poor."

    The Changes
    By Michael A. Fletcher
    Washington, D.C., is home to the best-educated and most affluent black community in the nation. But in the past 30 years, the black intelligentsia and business leaders have steadily moved from the city to the suburbs.

    U Street corner
    Corner of U and 13th streets NW
    (By Ken Schles/TWP)
    Landscape: U Street
    By Mary Battiata
    U Street has had many lives. In the first half of the century, it was a grand boulevard of streetcars and speakeasies. After 1968, it was a burned-out strip. Now it has taken on another identity: the "New U."

    The Funk
    By Kenneth Carroll
    "A Chocolate City is no dream," sang Parliament-Funkadelic founder George Clinton. For black Washingtonians, it was their reality in the late '70s and early '80s. According to DJ Bobby "The Mighty Burner" Bennett, Chocolate City was "the expression of D.C.'s classy funk and confident blackness."

    Supporters of home rule rally in October 1973 on the steps of the District building.
    Home rule rally in October 1973 at District Building
    (Margaret Thomas/TWP)

    The Power
    By Colbert I. King

    The history of the District is inextricably tied to the history of control over the city. Practically since the city's founding, there has been debate about who governs the city — and who pays for it.

    Perrywood
    By David Finkel
    Due east of Washington, in a quiet corner of neighboring Prince George's County, a subdivision called Perrywood is home to an increasing number of the black middle class populace that used to call Washington home.

    The Future
    By William Raspberry
    Longtime Post columnist William Raspberry looks at the future of the District through the prism of the past 30 years.

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