Contributed by WanderingStar, an ePodunk user.
April 8, 2007
Pluses: The DC Metro, Union Station, the monuments, the Smithsonian, U Street, Dupont Circle, The Eastern Market on Sunday afternoons, ice skating in front of the National Archives in winter, Theodore Roosevelt Island, the Kennedy Center, Adams Morgan and Ellington's on 8th.
Minuses: Anacostia. Crime. Extreme poverty in the face of opulence which makes the cruel dichotomy of this place apparent to all but the blind. The fact that Congress can override any decision the City Government makes, and frequently meddles in local affairs. The lack of Statehood, which means no congressional representation.
A good place to... Get an education. Seriously. There are just so many monuments and museums here, most of them free or really affordable, that a kid growing up here can't help but become highly educated, if they have the curiosity to pursue it. The Library of Congress is free and open to the public, so you can read any book your heart desires.
Also great for networking- it is a true statement that everybody eventually comes to DC for some reason, even if only as a tourist. You have no idea who you're going to meet here-but once you do, you'll find that you've made some very good friends, indeed.
There's more to DC than just the 1 square mile by the National Mall that almost all the tourists flock to. Believe it or not, there is a distinct local culture here, and it's vibrant and alive and fun. Go to U street, check out the Bohemian Caverns, explore the jazz and hip-hop culture here. There's even a local variety of music you won't find anywhere else-it's called Go-G0, and it's not what you think it is.
Despite all the charcoal suits, the nightlife here is wild and carefree.
Come explore the DC you won't see from the Tourmobiles.