Lots of cities have events that they can never, rightly or wrongly, completely live down. Cleveland’s river caught on fire, JFK was assassinated in Dallas, and Philadelphia had the MOVE bombing and they booed Santa Claus. The District’s great shame happened sixteen years ago tonight:
Mayor Marion Barry’s arrest for smoking crack (The Post) and subsequent prison sentence reflect the lowest point in the modern history of the city. Despite that, Barry has been elected to public office three times since then. He is currently the Ward 8 councilman, but continues to have personal problems.
Retconned from Metroblogging DC