Originally Posted by GloucesterChief
Its also enormously expensive and the diplomats don't give a crap how they drive. There isn't really an endearing culture there either. Almost everybody is a transplant. The natives went west and south.
There's actually tons of culture, most of which is along the lines of museums, monuments, and so on, but there's also a pretty good nightlife, lots of activities, and accessible to both the coast and the mountains. That's not the problem here at all. The problems are, as you mentioned, the insane cost of living and the traffic - which will blow your mind how bad it gets - but also the crime rate and the weather.
You're totally right about the transplants. That's how my family got here; my Dad moved us here from KC when I was four because he got a job in the National Press Building. Growing up here, I got used to there being fans around of just about every NFL team - this person is a 49ers fan, that one is a Dolphins fan, whatever. When I moved to Indianapolis, though, everyone
was a Colts fan. It was weird to see, until I thought about it and realized it's the disparity of the DC area fan allegiances that's so unusual, because there are people from so many different areas.