Infographic: The War on Poverty 50 Years Later

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Jan. 9, 2014, 4 p.m.

Ben’s Chili Bowl co-founder Ben Ali died 10/7 of con­gest­ive heart fail­ure at age 82. “In a self-im­port­ant city of steak­houses and ex­pense ac­counts,” Ali “found fame and for­tune with a chili-topped half-smoke.” His “un­pre­ten­tious eat­ery” grew in­to a “down-home DC cul­tur­al touch­stone,” the “most fam­ous land­mark on the city’s his­tor­ic black cor­ridor” that “brought to­geth­er all races and classes, pres­id­ents and pau­pers, the loc­als and the tour­ists,” around a menu of chili dogs, cheese fries and milk shakes.

Comedi­an Bill Cosby “was per­haps its most fam­ous reg­u­lar,” and Pres. Obama and fam­ily joined him on the coveted list of cus­tom­ers who eat free after his ‘08 elec­tion. DC May­or Ad­ri­an Fenty (D) mourned the loss of one of the “greatest treas­ures in the Dis­trict of Columbia,” a man “who in­ves­ted his life in a small busi­ness that weathered many storms and be­came the soul of a neigh­bor­hood and the pride of our city” (Jordan, Wash­ing­ton Times, 10/9).

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