Anyone from or currently living in DC Area: What do you like and dislike?

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    Feb 18, 2016 2:34 AM GMT
    Hey guys, just came back from a week in the DMV. it was my third trip. I liked it. Even though the weather wasn't that great, so I didn't get to do any touristy stuff.

    I'm currently just moved to TN, and kinda just floating around traveling to find a more permanent place as I'm not 100% on current location.

    I'm just trying to think...possibly, not seriously yet, but the idea of moving there might be on the horizon in the future. I'd want to consider the Virginia area over living directly in DC as I don't plan to give my vehicle and take metro because I carry too much shit to ride public transport as a main source of getting around (years ago, my wallet with $400 fell out my pocket on a bus in Boston, luckily it was empty and I remembered as soon as I stepped off the bus lol).

    Anyhow... the malls there off the hook, one person literally shopped til he dropped. Tyson corner, Fashion square mall was ok...But it looked like they got cleaned out for Valentine's Day.

    Now...the people I've met thru work were are great. They weren't like those fake and flaky Midwestern/western folks I can't stand sometimes. But, I still can't really put my finger on the people there. I know I seen a lot of interracial straight couples, but not sure I noticed that in the gay scene...but then again I just hadn't been out enough to really say. So I'm not making any assessment, just a general observation.

    Now, I do know the phrase "chocolate city"...but other than that I didn't really notice a culture there. The black folks I came across seemed kinda snappy and indifferent there. Makes me wonder who's gonna be the problem folk (in case I ever delete my profile, I'm black myself) And as superficial as it may sounds, I had my phone apps up and went to a bar and just didn't really meet anybody. It seems it could be hard to meet people there outside of work. And of course...affordability can certainly be an issue, but there's plenty money is DC so that's something that may not be an issue.

    What's your thoughts?
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    Feb 19, 2016 8:27 PM GMT
    You will find that the ones who have lived in the DC-NoVa metro area longer are friendlier and less obnoxious. The "transients" (e.g., Congressional staff) have more attitude--they're blinded by temporary power and notoriety. Lots of lawyers, like me--many of whom are actually quite nice, contrary to popular belief.
  • JayRVA

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    Feb 20, 2016 4:11 AM GMT
    I grew up in Northern Virginia and didn't move too far away (I'm in Richmond now). I liked it but I was in stereotypical suburbs and wanted to move into a city.

    DC is great and easy to navigate but getting out of the area is a mess. Traffic is a wildcard and can be 10 mins one day or 2 hours the next especially if you're trying to get to "Northern Virginia" suburbs. The food scene also changes drastically into large chain restaurants the farther you get from the city.

    I used to love all the malls up there too but now I can't stand going to them, there's basically one every 5-10 miles in Northern Virginia. There's just more options and specialized shops where I am now so I guess I have no need to venture out to a mall ever.

    Cost of living in DC is a little ridiculous at times but there are hidden gems if you look around. As for meeting people - the gay scene is huge up there... But just like anywhere else, if you develop a routine with gay bars/clubs/etc then it feels like everyone knows each other.

    Hope this helps a little and best of luck on finding a new place to settle into.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 20, 2016 2:52 PM GMT
    JayRVA saidI grew up in Northern Virginia and didn't move too far away (I'm in Richmond now). I liked it but I was in stereotypical suburbs and wanted to move into a city.

    DC is great and easy to navigate but getting out of the area is a mess. Traffic is a wildcard and can be 10 mins one day or 2 hours the next especially if you're trying to get to "Northern Virginia" suburbs. The food scene also changes drastically into large chain restaurants the farther you get from the city.

    I used to love all the malls up there too but now I can't stand going to them, there's basically one every 5-10 miles in Northern Virginia. There's just more options and specialized shops where I am now so I guess I have no need to venture out to a mall ever.

    Cost of living in DC is a little ridiculous at times but there are hidden gems if you look around. As for meeting people - the gay scene is huge up there... But just like anywhere else, if you develop a routine with gay bars/clubs/etc then it feels like everyone knows each other.

    Hope this helps a little and best of luck on finding a new place to settle into.
    How do you like Richmond and how does it compare to DC since both are government towns.
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    Feb 20, 2016 7:43 PM GMT
    I lived in a suburb outside of DC aeons ago when I was in high school. My most lasting memory was the weather in the summer; hot and incredibly humid. Taking a cold shower was only a momentary solution; you'd be sweaty and sticky again in a few minutes.
  • JayRVA

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    Feb 20, 2016 8:56 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    How do you like Richmond and how does it compare to DC since both are government towns.


    I love Richmond, it's a big city with a small community vibe. Each neighborhood has its own style and personality and it's incredibly easy to navigate around the city.

    We constantly get new restaurants, great chefs and recognition for our food and beer scene too! I help out with our Richmond Restaurant Week events so I'm super into the food scene here.

    Cost of living is also very affordable because we have several Fortune 500 companies, successful independent businesses and great colleges located/headquartered here providing jobs and growth to the city.

    As for the "government town" part, our officials are very open, friendly and forward thinking. I've been invited to the governors Manson a handful of times for LGBT and local art events/receptions. I work at a nonprofit and get to see them come in and volunteer their time too!

    If you can't tell, I'm kind of a fan of where I currently call home. Haha icon_biggrin.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 21, 2016 12:20 AM GMT
    JayRVA said
    roadbikeRob said
    How do you like Richmond and how does it compare to DC since both are government towns.


    I love Richmond, it's a big city with a small community vibe. Each neighborhood has its own style and personality and it's incredibly easy to navigate around the city.

    We constantly get new restaurants, great chefs and recognition for our food and beer scene too! I help out with our Richmond Restaurant Week events so I'm super into the food scene here.

    Cost of living is also very affordable because we have several Fortune 500 companies, successful independent businesses and great colleges located/headquartered here providing jobs and growth to the city.

    As for the "government town" part, our officials are very open, friendly and forward thinking. I've been invited to the governors Manson a handful of times for LGBT and local art events/receptions. I work at a nonprofit and get to see them come in and volunteer their time too!

    If you can't tell, I'm kind of a fan of where I currently call home. Haha icon_biggrin.gif
    I just wish that Virginia would pass legislation protecting its GLB citizens from employment and housing discrimination. Virginia is a gorgeous, scenic, historic state with so much to offer. I have spent some time in Richmond, a very beautiful, architecturally splendid city with a prosperous, bustling downtown core and numerous historic neighborhoods. I love the Thomas Jefferson designed Virginia Capitol building and it's wonderfully landscaped grounds. icon_smile.gif