bigjinjapan wrote:I'm curious what everyone finds so appealing about DC. I've never lived there but have always enjoyed visiting it (I'm a total museum nerd). My image of it, though, is that it has all the big city problems of NY or LA without the diversity. For people who are dead-set on a DC school, what's your motivation?
Um, it's a very diverse city, first of all. It has tons of great restaurants with every type of cuisine you could ever want (American, French, Ethiopian, Cuban, Peruvian, Italian). It's the epicenter of American and world politics. It's the legal center of the US (Congress, Supreme Court) It's a pretty clean city from my personal experiences with DC, NYC, and Chicago. The metro is super simple and clean. It's a young person's city: young professionals are the engine of the city. It has a strong music and art scene. There are 1000s things to do for free in the city.
Thank you. I love DC because it is also not "sprawling." Compared to cities I've been to/lived in, it is very, very compact, and the metro makes almost all of the city accessible (notable exception being Georgetown, but it's a short walk from Foggy Bottom or even Dupont). If I go to GW I will probably not live in Foggy Bottom. Dupont is my first choice if I want to live *in* the city--I just like the neighborhood more. Columbia Heights because some non-law student friends live there. Penn Quarter is pretty cool too. As for outside the city, Rosslyn is directly across the Potomac from GW, a single metro stop away if I recall.
I also like how easy it is to get to Reagan from the city. Not unique, I know, to have subway to airport access, but by far my best experience with it.
Oh well, back to work. I do have another semester of college to go after all.