I worked in DC for a year. I cant say DC is safe, because EVERY DAY without exception i saw two abulances go by on my walk to the metro... Its a 10 minute walk, fyi.I also had some random homeless guy threaten to kill me.2 of my coworkers were mugged within 2 weeks of the start of the internship. (this was around NW Mass Ave.) (NE is supposed to be the dangerous/sketchy part, btw)There are SOOOOO many homeless people. At least 2 per block.Drinks are terribly expensive. expect to pay at least $5 per pint of beer. Yes, even bad beer.Most of my friends commute in, I commuted from MD, but most people like VA better. The taxes are a better situation there.
-- living in the city as opposed to VA/MD (is the fact that the metro stops at 11:30 on weekends really that big a deal?)
Quote from: Logic on April 21, 2006, 09:33:59 AM-- living in the city as opposed to VA/MD (is the fact that the metro stops at 11:30 on weekends really that big a deal?)Hopefully people who currently live in DC will have advice on the other questions from the OP, but on this last one I can say -- if you don't have a car, getting to/from the city at night will be a pain. I don't know many people who live in VA/MD who don't have cars. Just getting around Arlington without a car (unless you live your whole life in Clarendon) is a pain. If you have a car, at night you can drive into the city and park on the street if you're going to a bar/club or even to school, and in the day, you can take public transport. Personally, if you're going to school in DC, I would live in DC. I think that would afford you with more social opportunities. Also -- and this is just my opinion -- even if Arlington is as close to Foggy Bottom as, say, Columbia Heights, there seems to be a psychic distance between the city and the suburbs. I felt like I'd feel like a commuter student if I lived in Arlington, and a city student if I lived in DC.
I grew up in Arlington and would go out in DC on weekends in my teenage years (1990-94.) At that time, I rarely felt unsafe, although once I went to a parade and realized that the public pool on the street where I was hanging out was where several kids were gunned down by gang members earlier that year. (It was in NW, btw.) I have many friends who lived in Mt Pleasant and Columbia Heights and will be moving into a rowhouse in Columbia Heights when I head to DC in August. (I've been away for over 10 years.) The rowhouse is totally remodeled and I'll share the kitchen, LR, a computer room and bathroom with a friend. We'll each have our own bedroom and pay $500 + utilities. From looking on Craigslist, etc, this seems pretty cheap. Can anyone with more DC rental experience weigh in on whether or not that's a good bargain? I'm not sure exactly where in Col. Heights it is (near 16th Street, I think) but I saw pictures and the street looks nice. What (if any) parts of Columbia Heights should be avoided?I imagine I will have to walk and take the bus to get to school (GW) everyday, which is OK because I like to walk for exercise. (I currently walk to work where I live now, 15-30 min each way, 1-2 miles depending on which job I'm going to.) I am not really sure how far Col Heights is from GW, though, if one were to walk half of the way. I'd love to hear more perceptions about DC, especially about the type of people there, quality of life, etc. A friend of mine was mugged at gunpoint near Logan Circle last year, which suprised and scared me. I never heard of anyone getting mugged in Mt Pleasant in the early 90s when I had many friends there. Is it different now? I thought the city had gotten safer in the past 10 years. I am coming from a smaller city, so I am worried about all these "big city" things. Any advice would be appreciated.
DC is awesome. The best east coast city by a mile.
Quote from: Towlie on April 27, 2006, 04:15:20 PMDC is awesome. The best east coast city by a mile.This couldn't be further from the truth. The public transportation sucks in the evenings, the city is transient as hell, it is pretentious, and there really isn't much of a night life compared to cities like NYC and Miami. It is a great city to kick off your career, but I would never raise a family here. If I am going to spend this kind of money my entire life I expect something for it. NYC, Boston, and other big cities offer a whole lot more than DC will ever have.