Down(town) in the Dumps

I’m sick of working downtown.

Don’t get me wrong, the current state of DC’s downtown is a vast improvement over its wasteland state when I was a student. But I keep waiting for the promised land of a “living downtown” that always gets touted when someone needs votes.

Take my woeful daily lunch ritual. I’m awash in a sea of Au Bon Pain’s, Potbelly’s, and Cosi’s. There’s nothing wrong with any of these per se, but after five years of lunches it gets a little old. Not to mention that since the lamentable closing of Olsson’s I only have two bookstores to wile away my lunch hour in – the ubiquitous chains of Barnes & Noble and Border’s. Again, nothing wrong with them intrinsically, it’s just the dearth of choice that gets me down. And from the massive cranes I see everywhere, the situation won’t be likely to change anytime soon.

More office buildings, more suits, more drones, less choice.
Downtown gets blander and blander and I’m stuck in the middle.

God, I’m so depressed…

This calls for some Fantasy Shopping at the only naughty little French lingerie store in downtown, Coupe de Foudre.
I’ve yet to tempt myself there – it’s on E Street somewhere – I’ll report back!

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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