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Washington, D.C.'s New Groove  
User currently offlinerjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1880 times:


There have been quite a few articles like this one above since Obama was inaugurated, including one about two weeks ago about Obama's 20-something staffers and where they hang out. The basic gist of them is that DC is "hip" now. Never mind that gentrification has been in full swing here for a decade or so....But nonetheless, the last year or two has seen a remarkable number of new restaurants, condos, etc opening. Parts of DC are just not recognizable from what they were a few years back!

I thought I'd share this article because it touches upon a lot of different aspects of the changes in DC, which I find to be one of the most pleasant American cities in many ways. One interesting thing that I have observed--many of these new restaurants are packed all the time now. It makes me wonder about the places were people used to be going to!

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User currently offlineasuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2373 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1742 times:

DC has become a great place. I'm excited to be moving to the NoVA area next weekend!

User currently offlinecannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

I just moved to DC a few months back, so while I have nothing to compare to, the long-term residents I meet tell me, "ten years ago, it was completely different." There was a time when Washington was an empty shell but for the government? When it was so crime-ridden that three quarters of the city was off limits at night? I don't believe it.

It's a great city, and the people here are like nowhere else. I can walk down the street to a nice bar, get some good beer, and have a coherent conversation about anything from Kyrgyz export policies to quantum field theory to dialects of Kri. And for a political junkie, there is no place like it -- everyone comes here, everyone.

DC still has a ways to go. A lot of the buildings -- I mean a lot, all over the city -- look put together by the lowest bidder in the '70s; it doesn't have that organic feel of many other tightly-knit American cities, like New York or Boston. Large swaths of the city are still pretty sketchy at night, and the city government -- I'm looking at you, Metro -- leaves something to be desired. Washington will never be considered charming.

On the other hand, I'm in Kabul now, so who the hell am I to complain.

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