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Comparing and Contrasting London and Washington, DC
Both Washington, DC, and London are capital cities of English-speaking countries, and yet they offer vastly different experiences to their residents and visitors. Comparing and contrasting the two cities based on their history, their culture, and their residents show how different and similar the two are.
Both cities are rich in world and national history, though they developed on very different time lines. London, for example, has a history that dates back over two thousand years. It was part of the Roman Empire and known by the similar name, Londinium. It was not only one of the northernmost points of the Roman Empire but also the epicenter of the British Empire where it held significant global influence from the early sixteenth century on through the early twentieth century. Washington, DC, on the other hand, has only formally existed since the late eighteenth century. Though Native Americans inhabited the land several thousand years earlier, and settlers inhabited the land as early as the sixteenth century, the city did not become the capital of the United States until the 1790s. From that point onward to today, however, Washington, DC, has increasingly maintained significant global influence. Even though both cities have different histories, they have both held, and continue to hold, significant social influence in the economic and cultural global spheres.
Both Washington, DC, and London offer a wide array of museums that harbor many of the world’s most prized treasures. While Washington, DC, has the National Gallery of Art and several other Smithsonian galleries, London’s art scene and galleries have a definite edge in this category. From the Tate Modern to the British National Gallery, London’s art ranks among the world’s best. This difference and advantage has much to do with London and Britain’s historical depth compared to that of the United States. London has a much richer past than Washington, DC, and consequently has a lot more material to pull from when arranging its collections. Both cities have thriving theater districts, but again, London wins this comparison, too, both in quantity and quality of theater choices. With regard to other cultural places like restaurants, pubs, and bars, both cities are very comparable. Both have a wide selection of expensive, elegant restaurants as well as a similar amount of global and national chains. While London may be better known for its pubs and taste in beer, DC offers a different bar-going experience. With clubs and pubs that tend to stay open later than their British counterparts, the DC night life tend to be less reserved overall.
Both cities also share and differ in cultural diversity and cost of living. Both cities share a very expensive cost of living—both in terms of housing and shopping. A downtown one-bedroom apartment in DC can easily cost $1,800 per month, and a similar “flat” in London may double that amount. These high costs create socioeconomic disparity among the residents. Although both cities’ residents are predominantly wealthy, both have a significantly large population of poor and homeless. Perhaps the most significant difference between the resident demographics is the racial makeup. Washington, DC, is a “minority majority” city, which means the majority of its citizens are races other than white. In 2009, according to the US Census, 55 percent of DC residents were classified as “Black or African American” and 35 percent of its residents were classified as “white.” London, by contrast, has very few minorities—in 2006, 70 percent of its population was “white,” while only 10 percent was “black.” The racial demographic differences between the cities is drastic.
Even though Washington, DC, and London are major capital cities of English-speaking countries in the Western world, they have many differences along with their similarities. They have vastly different histories, art cultures, and racial demographics, but they remain similar in their cost of living and socioeconomic disparity.
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|CITY (URBAN) LIFE|
|PROVINCIAL (RURAL) LIFE|
Living In Farm VS. Living In A City
Sometimes living in a province and in a city is quite a big change and adoption to do. With this change comes the idea on the great difference between the urban and rural area. With these differences, positive and negative things are also attached to it. Having the experience of living in both areas are an advantage in a person’s growth and knowledge to things. A person who never lived in the rural areas will never have an idea to how it feels and looks like to live in an urban area and the same with the ones who never lived in the rural.
I can say that it is a great advantage for me living in both areas that I know how the people in the rural areas deal with life and how the urbanized residents do it as well. When we say rural or province, sometimes we think that they are uncivilized, barbaric, or not educated not knowing that they have the better life. When we say, on the other hand, urban area or city, the common notion is that, it is a place of liberated people. Not knowing or having an idea about these areas cause ignorance sometimes. Having a single idea would give better understanding about the people and the place.
Living in a province is an opportunity because you get to know and see natural treasures and resources which are not present in the cities. Since I grew up in Mountain province, I was exposed with the mountainous places filled with different types of trees, shrubs, herbs, and grasses. In the province, you’ll be able to see clear waters from the rivers and smell fresh air from the mountains. Life in the province is harder when it comes to money but is not when it comes to food. You can cultivate some parts of land and plant for your living. Aside from the abundance of food and healthy environment, life in the province is less stressful and plainly simple.
On the other hand, life in the city is quite different than that of the province. It’s so rare that you’ll be able to see a lot of natural resources and scenery but more likely of the buildings and cars all around. Unlike in the provinces, you won’t be able to see rivers having clear running waters but more likely that you will see dirty ditches in between the houses built so near each other. In the city, you can’t survive without money because money is very essential in everything you do and everywhere you go. A simple job in the city is very stressful not just because of the environment but because of the pollution surrounding the place and the population in it.
Despite of these differences in these two zones, they are both suitable for living. They both have their unique ways in making itself a good haunt for humanity. These two different dimensions of human habitation have their own way of playing their role in human life. The differences between these places depend on how the residents take care of it and deal with it. As long as we are responsible enough with the locale where we are living then the difference is not big enough for a person to adjust whenever he or she decides to drift from their own domicile to another.