Residents of Georgetown apparently think that secession from the District of Columbia and reunion with Maryland is a dumb idea. But they think they're getting a bum deal in many ways from the D.C. government and that the city ought to give them a greater degree of neighborhood home rule.
These are some conclusions from a poll taken by American University graduate students for The Georgetowner, a biweekly newspaper that covers the community, which was a major Maryland seaport decades before the District was carved out of Maryland (and, for a while, out of Virginia).
Early this year, The Georgetowner editorially advocated secession from the District. But the poll published in the paper's current issue, based on interviews with 235 randomly selected adults, showed that 87 percent oppose the idea of reunification with Maryland. Only 9 percent believe such a move would improve conditions. The others were undecided.
And while 55 percent of residents oppose the proposal to make the District a state and only 27 percent favor it outright, an overwhelming majority--75 percent--supports District voting representation in Congress. If the District were to become a state, however, 66 percent of those polled believe Georgetown should be part of it.
Other findings included:
* 45 percent believe Georgetown's crime rate is average and 46 percent feel it is excessive, and 49 percent believe police patrols are inadequate.
* 73 percent believe there are too many liquor licenses in Georgetown, and 25 percent associate noise and rowdiness with the number of existing bars.
* 74 percent believe parking is inadequate. (MetroScene's aside: if parking were made adequate, wouldn't us outlanders quickly use it up?)
* 47 percent believe the Potomac riverfront should be turned into a park. Interestingly, three quarters of the people who make up that 47 percent are Georgetown homeowners.