Yes, we know, we rock! Finally other people are starting to realize this too! Outside Magazine's August issue ranks the top 20 Best Towns in America for 2008 and our fair city is at the top of the list! Washington DC beat out other towns like Chattanooga (2nd) and New Orleans (3rd)...
DC used to be known for its high crime rate, horrible traffic congestions and questionable politicians. A cultural mecca and educational place to visit perhaps, but not exactly a city you want to put roots down in. No longer. There has been a steady influx of new trendy stores and restaurants springing up in what were once considered fringe neighborhoods. Gentrifying blocks and home owners who care have turned many parts of this city into a community you would want to be a part of.
Senior editor of Outside Jeremy Spencer says "We wanted to show towns where you can feel like you love the place where you live. Maybe D.C. has gotten beat up in the past, but our point is to show places which reflect the zeitgeist of change and progressive reinvention."
Cultural institutions, bike paths, running trails and National Parks give ample opportunity to get out and enjoy life. Last year, DC made the Top 10 list of the nation's best "bicycle commutes" included in the U.S. Census Bureau's "America's Community Survey".
It may not be news to us, but we love hearing what a great place DC is to live.