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View Poll Results: Washington DC: Southern, Northern, or No Man's Land?
Northern City with Southern Overtones 13 33.33%
Southern city with Northern Overtones 4 10.26%
A hybrid of both 13 33.33%
No Man's Land- its neither duck nor pond. 9 23.08%
Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 06-08-2007, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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Even as a dye-in-the-wool Southerner, I have a hard time accepting Washington as a true Northern City.

Having been there many times, it feels vastly different from say New York, Boston, or Philadelphia. Its long hot humid summers and mild winters, are certainly something too. And it is below the Mason Dixon line. The cherry Blossoms, and the fact that 50 years ago it was a Country and Western Music Capital (back when Country Music was distinctly Southern and not International as it is now), I would say Washington is a Southern city with Northern overtones.

What do you all think?
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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It's a hybrid of both. You see the southern culture as well as the Northern Culture in DC. You also see it in Maryland as well as NOVA. Which is why the region is called Mid-Atlantic.
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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It's a hybrid of both. You see the southern culture as well as the Northern Culture in DC. You also see it in Maryland as well as NOVA. Which is why the region is called Mid-Atlantic.
I agree with that. I dont think I consider Richmond and further south Mid-Atlantic, though, would you?

South of Fredericksburg its really the Southeast.
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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You know, I was struggling with that as soon as I made the post. I think when get south of Fredericksburg, there's no doubt you're in the South. But no, I don't consider Richmond to be Mid-Atlantic. But Fredericksburg has elements of the Mid-Atlantic. It's not that far from the DC area.
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Old 06-08-2007, 06:05 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Well, since Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States, it doesn't make sense to call it Northern or Southern, but honestly if you want my two cents worth, Washington to me is the beginning of the Northeastern Seaboard...to me it starts at Washington, goes to Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, New York, ultimately to Boston. Nothing about Washington seemed Southern to me.
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Old 06-08-2007, 06:28 PM
 
Location: wrong planet
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The only southern thing was the hot humid yucky weather
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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Well, since Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States, it doesn't make sense to call it Northern or Southern, but honestly if you want my two cents worth, Washington to me is the beginning of the Northeastern Seaboard...to me it starts at Washington, goes to Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, New York, ultimately to Boston. Nothing about Washington seemed Southern to me.
Compared to New York, Philly, and Boston, yes, D.C. has a totally different vibe to it.



Compared to Charleston South Carolina, or Richmond, DC is more Northern.

DC doesn't feel like a truly northern city to me.
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Old 06-08-2007, 11:40 PM
 
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One of the reasons DC is located at were its at today is becasue many people in the revolution days wanted to make the south happy and feel more included. They called it a southern city. I think because it is sandwiched inbetween a northern state and a southern state we should think of it as a neutral city.
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Old 06-09-2007, 05:03 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Well, in terms of paced, D.C. certainly does not have the laid-back lifestyle of a Southern city....very busy and very active. I dunno. It's the capital...I think it behaves more like a Northern city than a Southern one personally. Compare D.C. to Richmond and you'll notice VAST differences.
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Old 06-09-2007, 08:45 AM
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... what is the old saying describing DC, northern charm and southern efficiency?
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