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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.

Nationals Park on opening day, March 31, 2011 (Photograph by Mike Kane)

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.

Rick Perry: A “good-looking rascal”? (Charles Dharapak/AP)

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.

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg. (Luis Alvarez/AP)

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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.


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