Originally Posted by random-adam
Haven't yet seen Washington, DC -- so here it is. 7
I'd say about the same. But with some qualifications and additions.
1. Lots of good food at a variety of prices
2. The Metro is generally clean, usually runs fine, and takes you where you need to go.
3. Lots of opportunity for jobs.
4. Great schools to get an education at all levels.
5. Lovely fall weather. I even like the winter, mostly.
6. Greatest city ever for cultural shit. Look at all of the free museums! The Kennedy Center and other institutions constantly have top notch programs.
7. One easily accessible internationl airport. Two others available.
8. Neighborhood-y feel to much of the city. You'd never know you were in DC in some places.
9. More green space than most large cities (I've heard DC is the greenest city in the nation).
10. Easy access to other big east coast cities via train (Baltimore, Philly, NYC, Boston).
11. Alternative transit is being integrated better and better into the city (bikes, walking, subway, streetcars, busses).
1. Some of the best ethnic food can only be had out in the Virginia suburbs (Korean, in particular).
2. The Metro is sorely underfunded, yet takes a massive percentage of the federal government to work and the Feds don't want to pay for it. No transit systems are completely self-supports--including roads!
3. Competition for jobs is very high unless you have an advanced degree or excellent experience.
4. Local public schools are dismal. In part I'll blame Congress for messing in our business. Stop experimenting with our schools. In part, see #9 below.
5. Summers here suck ass.
6. I hear (though I can't vouch for it) that nightlife here isn't great.
7. Two other international airports that are not at all conveniently served by public transit.
8. Congressional control over our city is killing us. We have no true home-rule. Any law the City Council passes can be overturned by Congress. And we have NO VOTE IN CONGRESS.
9. There's a huge proportion of the population that just doesn't give a shit about the city. They litter on the Metro, they don't do their public-serve job well or at all, they steal from the city (Harriet Walters), etc. etc.
10. Tourists who act like the city's an amusement park and that people don't actually live here.
11. A lot of people who are way too full of themselves. No one cares that you work for Rep. So-and-so. The guy next to you, who isn't bragging, is the Under Secretary of Something Way More Important. That woman is a lobbyist pulling in $250k/year and has the ear of people more important than your boss. And that guy sweeps the floors and empties your garbage--without him, you'd be living in filth because you think you're too good to do that.
12. Rampant NIMBY-ism kills many of the best transit-oriented development. See the Tenleytown Library, the revamp of the Safeway on upper Wisc, and the attempt to kill the Giant revamp on Wisc.
I know I have more cons, but the pros outweigh them. DC's actually a really nice city to live in. If I could change one thing, I'd make it flatter so I could bike to work more easily.