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Old 05-14-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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Hallmarks of DC to me are low-rise buidlings, low density (relative to the suburbs), developed heavy-rail transit system, plenty of older (19th century) residential architecture, wide avenues on an irregular layout, mix of upscale and poor neighborhoods (NW vs SE), and lots of monumental buildings, because of the federal government there.

Except for the last, that sounds like Brooklyn NY to me. There are high-rises downtown, but thy don't define the borough any more than the high-rises in Arington or Alexandria define DC.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Philadelphia metro is very similar to D.C. metro
Yeah...just without the wealth, different ethnic groups and more violence.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:35 AM
 
Location: The City
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Yeah...just without the wealth, different ethnic groups and more violence.

not sure without wealth or even violence on the Metro level or even ethnic groups
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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The cities in America that come closest to being like DC are Philly, NYC and Boston.

But DC is different from them in being low-mid rise and have wider streets.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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Yeah...just without the wealth, different ethnic groups and more violence.
I will concede that the DC area is definitely more diverse, and crime levels are marginally better in the DC area. For wealth, you must account for differences in cost-of-living; higher salaries in the DC area are definitely eaten up by much higher housing costs.

Adjusted Metro Incomes
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Both areas aren't exactly Mayberry:

Metro Crime
http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2012...teRankings.pdf
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Baltimore / Montgomery County, MD
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Yeah...just without the wealth, different ethnic groups and more violence.
Camden, Wilmington, Chester, and Trenton are all ghetto. Like wise PG county MD has a high crime rate to be the suburbs.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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Stlousian D.C. is over 50% black there is not too many NE cities like that(nickname chocolate city), D.C. doesn't have an industrial past like other NE cities, doesn't have an ethnic white population, its architecture is similar to RVA, and besides maybe Alexandia its suburbs resembles ATLs. I agree that today D.C. is not your sterotypical version of the south but i dont think its a true NE city either Mid Atlantic will have to do i guess. And why do you seem so angry lol
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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The DC metro area is mix of west coast (California type demographics in a lot of the suburbs and the car club culture, esp amongst Asians), the south (Atlanta suburbs = PG county MD), areas like Takoma Park and older parts of the MD suburbs look like Philly suburbs, parts of DC could pass for Baltimore and Philly, Back Bay in Boston looks like a DC neighborhood, some parts of DC look country, like small town Mayberry.... The DC area is unigue it has aspects of the entire country.
I think in bold is a pretty big reach.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Stlousian D.C. is over 50% black there is not too many NE cities like that(nickname chocolate city), D.C. doesn't have an industrial past like other NE cities, doesn't have an ethnic white population, its architecture is similar to RVA, and besides maybe Alexandia its suburbs resembles ATLs. I agree that today D.C. is not your sterotypical version of the south but i dont think its a true NE city either Mid Atlantic will have to do i guess. And why do you seem so angry lol

Culturally and linguistically DC is more of a Northeastern city before it is a Southern one. It's more tied to Baltimore and Philadelphia than it is to Richmond. That is beyond debate. All the other characteristics you mention are Southern overtones. And so what if DC doesn't have an ethnic white population? It's an international city. And many cities that aren't southern are over 50% black...Detroit to name one. So in fact, it's not really a Southern chacteristic. And you've obviously decided you're arrogant enough that you know how I think and feel. You don't. I'm not angry. I'm defensive, and the reason I'm defensive is because I saw you have a debate similar to this one with another user. I'm not interested in fighting a world war. YOu wanna disagree? Fine. Go ahead. Not my problem. But don't go forcing your views on people who disagree. You're wasting your time with me. And please stop the provocative behavior. You're either an adult or kid. I don't argue with kids.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I think in bold is a pretty big reach.
I don't find it to be that big of a reach actually. There are parts of NOVA and Montgomery County that I find to be Californiaish. Definitely a lot of Asians. Definitely a lot of Central Americans. It just doesn't have those groups in the same numbers and proportions as SoCal.
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