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First the “Free Ward 3” movement tried to split the upper Northwest enclave from the rest of D.C. Then the residents of Naylor Court NW seceded from the District. Now some Georgetowners are campaigning for their neighborhood’s independence. In the August/ September issue of Georgetown & Country, Don Shannon suggests that Congress return Georgetown’s city charter and allow the community to rule itself again. (Georgetown was independent between 1789 and 1871.) “The city of Washington may be ungovernable,” writes Shannon, “but Georgetown demonstrated its political viability over a century ago.” The newly autonomous city, says Georgetown & Country, would collect its trash, maintain its parks, abolish taxes, and ban visitors from street parking. (While they’re at it, why not fill the fountains with Evian and make schoolkids wear uniforms from Country Road?) Independence may not be such a crazy idea. The neighborhood gets lower taxes and cleaner streets, and the District rids itself of drunken frat boys, whiny NIMBY socialites, and the tiresome Exorcist steps. Then again, Georgetown already has one Banana Republic. Does it really need another?