I'll soon be moving away from DC for 18 months (more about that tomorrow). Contemplating the move has made me contemplate what I've loved/hated about living here the last two and a half years.
Top 10 things I love about living in DC (in no particular order):
- Public transportation
- Bike lanes that get respect.
- Traffic planning goals to make it easier for pedestrians, not cars
- Zip cars 1/4 mile from my house, max
- Great restaurants, shops, bars, all a 10-minute walk away.
- A virtual visit to Latin America by walking up Columbia Ave a couple of blocks.
- Meridian Hill Park
- Dog-friendly outdoor restaurants
- Museums and galleries
- Beach Drive on the weekend
Top 10 worst things about living in DC (in no particular order):
- Noise: jackhammers, back-up beepers, drunk fratboys, family riots at the projects across the street, boom-boom stereos, shooting at the crack house on the corner, helicopters, etc ad nauseum
- Metro's customer contempt and the resulting refusal to repair out of service escalators, train car A/C, water leaks, etc. I could go on for pages. But why should they care? What are you going to do, use the *other* Metro?
- Bicycles on crowded sidewalks (usually right next to the bike lane).
- Tourists on the Metro
- Tourists anywhere, really
- Politics as local news
- Housing prices
- Making reservations three months in advance for the best restaurants
- Noise (repeated for emphasis)