Originally Posted by shoreman1782
There's no doubt a lot of blandness, especially in new development (there's a reason everyone talking about Clarendon likes Galaxy Hut and Dremo's and not the Cheesecake Factory), but I fear you're going to say rust belt cities are somehow better because they have character or some bullshit amorphous "real" quality. DC's roots are fascinating, it has entertaining local characters (how many DC transients lol about Barry w/o any context? Dude was shot by terrorists in the 1970s), a constant tension between citizens and The Man, great architecture (you just watch, brutalism is the next mcm), great food (altho best ethnic food is in the burbs), plenty of solid colleges/universities, and some of the best-run clubs in the country. The music scene has occasionally been held hostage by the legacy of Dischord but I don't really have a problem with that. Throw in good (but deteriorating) public transit and it's a better place to live than you're giving it credit for. All that said, depending on when you grew up here and what you were into I can totally understand needing to get out.
Everyone seems to think the face of DC is an SAIC deputy program manager driving a Chevy Malibu to the Macaroni Grill. That's the face of NoVA.
Well, I can't agree with a lot of what you are saying, but I do appreciate being able to blow off a little steam without turning things into a flame-fest.
Definitely there have been many times where I've thought "If I was here on vacation, I'd be having an awesome time". There is a lot to see and do, I agree there is some nice architecture, and a decent number of options for people into doing outdoorsy stuff (Mather Gorge for one).
But I have to still take extreme exception to the food and shopping. I mean, I would consider Richmond
a contender as a food city. With nearly a million people each in Ffx, MoCo, and PG counties (as well as PWC, Arlington, Alexandria, etc...) I really think there is no excuse for the level of restaurant quality.
And there are a lot of d-bags to be sure!