Dinosaur that I am, I still get a print copy of the newspaper each morning. We’ve laughed about that before and it’s an old-school habit I’ll likely not break until the publisher itself gives up on the media. I’m no Luddite and I’ve left behind a huge digital wake as I’ve cruised the Intertubes but I still like to start the day with the crinkle of paper on my fingers and a strong cup of coffee nearby.
So what does that have to do with you?
I’m just about to get to that…
Occasionally I come across a print article that looks like it would fit directly within the subject matter of the Twelve Mile Circle, the only difference being that it’s written by someone who actually knows how to write. I discovered just such an article this morning, and you’re in luck because it’s also available online.
I think you’ll enjoy reading: Playing Both Sides of the Street – District streets that border states create jurisdictional confusion.
It describes the situation along Washington, DC’s border with Maryland where, literally, residents on one side of the road live in the District and residents on the other side live in Maryland. Those of us who have studied the boundary stones realize that the border doesn’t go down the middle of the street, rather the District owns the street, but we are probably a razor-thin slice of the population. Neither Mapquest nor Google Maps seems to have sufficient detail to represent that nuance correctly, by the way. I’m sure that doesn’t help things
hijinks and hilarity ensue confusion sometimes leads to genuine public safety issues but overall the residents seem to enjoy living along an anomaly. I know I would! That would be so cool if my house was in one jurisdiction but my sidewalk was in another.