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Old 11-06-2013, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Believe it or not, people in California are pretty clueless about the rest of the country. Despite feeling they're very educated, they have a lot of misconceptions about anything that isn't California. It's even WORSE in Seattle, because they really haven't been anywhere.
This.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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I found New Yorkers to be very friendly as well! I love them. Brooklyn is so down-to-earth.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Most people watch the political dysfunction in Washington, D.C. on their TV screens and think that's what this city is about.

But for the vast majority of people who actually live in this area, politics has has virtually nothing to do with our lives. The real Washington is very different. It's a pretty stark contrast between the portrayal and the reality.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Most people watch the political dysfunction in Washington, D.C. on their TV screens and think that's what this city is about.

But for the vast majority of people who actually live in this area, politics has has virtually nothing to do with our lives. The real Washington is very different. It's a pretty stark contrast between the portrayal and the reality.
Well, every single person I know that lives in the DC area works for either the government, the military, a contractor, a lobbyist organization, an elected official or in the news media. So to say "politics has virtually nothing to do with our lives" is far from accurate. Would all the people who were recently furloughed by the government shutdown say "politics has nothing to do with our lives." NO! You're just in denial ...
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Most people see the political dysfunction in Washington, D.C. on their TV screens and think that's what this city is about.

But for the vast majority of people who actually live in this area, politics has has virtually nothing to do with our lives. It's a pretty stark contrast between the portrayal and the reality.
EXACTLY!!! People outside of the Greater DC metro area can't seem to tell the stark difference between 'Washington' (The Federal Government) and 'DC' (The City). Hell, some don't even know that there's more to DC than just the National Mall. Some also still have this mind frame that DC isn't safe beyond the Mall, Georgetown, and Upper Northwest (As if it's still the '90s ). Or that The District doesn't have nightlife or an interesting dining scene or that everyone wears suits all day or that every single person in a govvie or (And this one of the best parts) that everybody here (Be it local or transplant/transient) talks about nothing but their school and work. Plus, there are some outsiders who aren't even aware of what the general metro area has to offer. These stereotypes (Both on C-D and the real world) are sad and seriously dated quite frankly. It's time that we in the DMV region set the record straight for people who never been here or have hardly ventured off the tourist/beaten path or who haven't been since the end of the 20th Century or who just bash DC outright for what goes on at the federal level about what it's really like to live, work, and play around here. Education is key to a better America ladies and gentlemen Knowledge is power!
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:37 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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It's funny how recent films have portrayed Boston as a crime-ridden haven for Irish mobsters and bank robbers, and especially how particular neighborhoods (South Boston and Charlestown) are portrayed in this light. These places may have approached those levels of roughness a few decades ago, but nowadays they are gentrification central with luxury condos and artisanal cheese shops.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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I think the biggest wrong portrayal is definitely Washington, DC. Based on how it's portrayed, people would be falsely be lead to believe it's a city worth living in.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Well, every single person I know that lives in the DC area works for either the government, the military, a contractor, a lobbyist organization, an elected official or in the news media. So to say "politics has virtually nothing to do with our lives" is far from accurate. Would all the people who were recently furloughed by the government shutdown say "politics has nothing to do with our lives." NO! You're just in denial ...
There's a difference between being affected by politics indirectly (Just like the rest of the country, both non-gov't workers and actual gov't workers as well) and actually being directly INVOLVED in politics. The same way not everybody in the NYC area works on Wall Street (Even though there are a lot of bankers and finance employees, not everybody in the DC area works on Capitol Hill (Even though there are plenty of people who are lobbyists and contractors).
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:44 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Well, every single person I know that lives in the DC area works for either the government, the military, a contractor, a lobbyist organization, an elected official or in the news media. So to say "politics has virtually nothing to do with our lives" is far from accurate. Would all the people who were recently furloughed by the government shutdown say "politics has nothing to do with our lives." NO! You're just in denial ...
The furlough did affect a lot of people, but it's a rare occurrence that happened after 17 years.

What I'm saying is that people in the Washington, D.C. area live their lives much more preoccupied with other things - work, school, family, friends, shopping, dining, festivals, museums, concerts, games, outdoor activities, hobbies, vacations, and on and on - that they are oblivious to politics most of the time.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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I think the biggest wrong portrayal is definitely Washington, DC. Based on how it's portrayed, people would be falsely be lead to believe it's a city worth living in.
It's one of the most expensive cities and metro areas in the country, just like the San Francisco Bay Area. And just like the Bay Area, people of all types from across the country and the world are bringing their various talents here and have expressed a desire to live their lives here (Short-term or long-term). The cost of living and ever-increasing traffic basically comes with the territory of any city when people want to take advantage of the regional job market, low unemployment, and multiple amenities. Just sayin'.
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