[quote]Originally posted by Scott H.:
<strong>DC is a horrible city too IMO. Are the "homeless" still running the streets there?</strong><hr></blockquote>
DC really is misconstrued as much worse of a place than it really is. Having grown up almost all of my life here, it's really a question of where you are, like in any city.
Allow me to introduce a map that I overlayed with red and green to show places that are "good" and "bad" in DC...
Basically, the green areas cover Northwest DC. This is the 'nice' part of town. It's mostly residential, everything from nice apartments to $10+ million homes. the Georgetown area is perhaps one of the nicest: the equivalent of a Toyota Camry around here seems to be a Mercedes, BMW, or Volvo...
Downtown is basically in the center of the screen. It was, until recently, not a very nice area of town. However, the construction of the MCI center and the current construction of the new convention center have very much revitalized this area. Clearly the Mall and Capitol Hill are fine areas, as are Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan. Places where you wouldn't feel threatened walking down the street.
However, the red areas encompass NE and SE; that's where it gets bad. SE is the worst; housing projects, etc. abound. NE is more of a working class community for the most part; it has its pockets of 'bad' but it is, in general, OK. Not necessarily the safest place in the world, but not somewhere where a stranger is going to be immediately shot. It's also, of course, got pockets of very nice areas. I know that there are many developers looking into NE and SE areas that border on the nicer areas for revitilization projects.
However, i was in the Navy Yard area of Southeast the other night very very late at a club (i.e. entering at 1 AM and leaving at 6 AM) and it's not really a bad area, just a dead one. It's possible to get mugged, but... basically, anyone walking around in an abandoned industrial area of any city is taking a bit of a risk
I think that the problem is that the bad areas of DC are played up no end in the media in the rest of the country-- because that's where the newsworthy happenings occur. Basically, NW is a very affluent, safe area... but it doesn't get press, of course.
DC is no worse of a city than, say, Baltimore or New York or LA, in fact, the nice parts of the city are MUCH MUCH nicer than most; it's just a different type of city. Whereas in many cities the nicest areas are high-rise apartments, DC, it's the other way around- green spaces abound and; in many areas, most of the houses have their own yards etc. It's only in the very old areas such as Georgetown and in the commercial areas like downtown that it's a really "CITY" feel...
[ 01-26-2002: Message edited by: Jonathan ]</p>