All the authors here at We Love DC have written essays on why they love DC. Since I’m the newest addition, it has fallen to me to explain just why it is that I love DC.
I love DC for a lot of reasons, but primarily because DC has character. Name a state that has as vitriolic a slogan as “Taxation Without Representation” on their license plates. The people of DC are pissed, and they want everyone to know about it. How can you not love that? I dig a city with passion.
DC is its own city–it will never turn into NYC, or be confused with LA. The architecture is fantastic, and as a fan of little bronze plaques, I love that it seems like a historic event happened on every corner. My personal favorite is the Wok n Roll in Chinatown, which is the current occupant of the Surratt Boarding House (allegedly where the conspiring to assassinate Lincoln went down).
I don’t know if you know this, but DC is kind of a big deal. Important people do important things here every day. Stuff like, oh I don’t know, running the country. I love people-watching during rush hour and wondering what exactly those guys and girls in the serious suits got up to today. DC is also kind of a must-see for pretty much every American. Just check out people’s reactions when they hear that you’ve never been: “Whaaat?? Not even on a school trip?!” Yeah. I live there. And yeah, I can tell you exactly how to get to that museum/monument/restaurant. (OK, maybe not because directions aren’t my thing, but I can fake it.)
But for the directionally challenged like me, DC has a great Metro. It’s clean, easy to understand (color coding…a city after my own heart), and it gets me where I need to be in environmentally-friendly style. Driving also really stresses me out, and I count myself lucky to be able to relax and read a book or listen to music on my way to and from work and any number of other exploratory trips.
And because I’ve felt the pain of my favorite band passing my city by when they’re touring, I love DC because it (almost) never gets skipped. DC has tons of cool venues, and I have been to more shows and discovered more great artists than I ever have before. Which makes me very, very happy.
To be honest, a lot about this city makes me happy. What can I say? I love DC.