Sarah Passonneau has lived in Georgetown for the past 10 years and is distressed by many aspects of District life.

"I was born in St. Louis, then moved to Chicago, then to D.C., then to Europe, then back to Washington," said the 19-year-old. "D.C. became my home ground.

"I'm glad my parents settled here," she said. "I like the diversity and having politicians right where I am, and being able to walk right into Congress or the Supreme Court and witness what is going on, if I'm not too apathetic. The only thing I don't like is that it's still too segregated.

"The way that things are set up, you could grow up in Georgetown and know nothing about Anacostia. There's ignorance on both sides of the river. I think the newspapers are directed toward the upper class. It's pitiful for the political capital to ignore people simply because they don't have money," she said.

"The races and the classes are segregated and that hasn't improved at all. I would say that I've grown up in a very wealthy environment -- typical 'WASP,' " said Passonneau.

"I don't think I've ever seen a black family living in Georgetown. My friends who are white live like I do; those who are black live somewhere else. None of us likes it, but we don't talk about it.

"I'm basically angry at myself. I don't know what can be done about the segregation. I think it's very apparent. There is hostility between the races in this city, but it is basically calm.

"In general, I've been making friends from other areas so I won't end up having such a narrow view on life."

While Passonneau is glad that she grew up in an "incredibly gracious," upper-middle-class environment, she believes that it has spoiled her.

"I think I've led a very sheltered life. I have never experienced any hardships in my life. So I know that I've a very narrow view of life. With those who have had hardships, I can only sympathize. I cannot empathize."

Passonneau's mother Janet is a biochemist specializing in intermediary metabolism for the National Institutes of Health. Her father Joseph is a free-lance architect. Sarah has one brother, 29, and two sisters, 28 and 24.

"I wouldn't raise a family in Georgetown. It's too narrow. Where then? I'm not sure. Maybe Capitol Hill, but that's still too narrow. I don't know enough about Anacostia or other areas of the city to comment on them," she said.