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Old 03-11-2014, 12:18 PM
 
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If you can get over the initial hurdle of rent/mortgage, this is a great place to live. A lot of free events, easy travel to urban (philly/nyc) locales or southern spots, variety of cuisines, tolerant atmosphere, weather (except for 2 weeks in August, lol)...Plus, plenty of Cowboys fans
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:17 PM
 
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I've only been living in DC for about a year, but I honestly can't believe anyone wants to live here.

The rude, self-centered, pretentiousness of people around this city amazes me.

I really am trying to give this place a fair chance, and I think there are plenty of nice people here, but my goodness, is it hard. I'd be lying if I didn't say that I can't wait to get out of here.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:41 PM
 
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I've only been living in DC for about a year, but I honestly can't believe anyone wants to live here.

The rude, self-centered, pretentiousness of people around this city amazes me.

I really am trying to give this place a fair chance, and I think there are plenty of nice people here, but my goodness, is it hard. I'd be lying if I didn't say that I can't wait to get out of here.

If you moved from somewhere in small-town America, then yes, you're in for a rude shock (pardon the pun please).

It's just a different way of life in one of the most thriving metropolitan areas in the US.


But more importantly, either youve had bad luck in meeting/dealing with people or you are exaggerating things a bit.
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:46 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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If you moved from somewhere in small-town America, then yes, you're in for a rude shock (pardon the pun please).

It's just a different way of life in one of the most thriving metropolitan areas in the US.


But more importantly, either youve had bad luck in meeting/dealing with people or you are exaggerating things a bit.




This.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:28 AM
 
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But more importantly, either youve had bad luck in meeting/dealing with people or you are exaggerating things a bit.
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This.
And/or confirmation bias run amok.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Maine
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If you moved from somewhere in small-town America, then yes, you're in for a rude shock (pardon the pun please).

It's just a different way of life in one of the most thriving metropolitan areas in the US.


But more importantly, either youve had bad luck in meeting/dealing with people or you are exaggerating things a bit.
But even more importantly, this thread allows people who are not enamored of the NoVA/DC area to express their opinions and experiences. The responses of those who dismiss negative posts or the posters themselves as having "bad luck in meeting/dealing with people or exaggerating things a bit" demonstrate the reason why some people are not happy living in NoVA/DC. A few posters here harbor an intense intolerance for any experiences or observations that are less than flattering of the area and claim that the person who doesn't care for DC must be the problem--not the fabulous, thriving, and tolerant DC metro.

Criticizing/dismissing rural communities and the people who live in them, however, seems to always be in fashion in NoVA/DC.
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:01 PM
 
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I don't think he was dismissing or criticizing rural areas. It's just a fact major metro areas are vastly different than rural areas and people moving here are probably in for a culture shock. Some may adapt and some may hate it and eventually leave. My in-laws have lived in small town North Carolina for like 30 years, and they say they would never live in Nova. If they had ever been forced to because of a job or other circumstances they would've hated it. Doesn't mean Nova or small towns suck, they're just very different. I feel the opposite that they do, that I've grown up here and I think I'd very much dislike living in a very small town. Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:50 PM
 
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A few posters here harbor an intense intolerance for any experiences or observations that are less than flattering of the area and claim that the person who doesn't care for DC must be the problem--not the fabulous, thriving, and tolerant DC metro.
But that's the case for people living just about anywhere in America. Unless you live in a place that is actually unsafe, it is always the person's problem rather than the area's. A place can't make you miserable- only you can make you miserable. You can blame it on the place all you want, but in the end, it's you that makes the choice to remain unhappy with something rather than change it.

These vent threads are completely un-constructive and just cause people who do like the area to say "Don't let the door hit you on the way out". The people venting in this thread about "blowing this joint" are very different from the people who honestly want to help themselves and post questions about HOW to meet people or HOW to avoid the traffic or HOW to find a lower cost of living.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:00 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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It is a East v West coast and rural v urban thing: people in the big northeast cities are douches, myself included.

Having said that, i have lived in the mid atlantic all my life and I will never get used to this terrible weather of -10 in winter and 110 in summer. This wouldnt be such an issue if my daily commute didn't include 2 miles of walking a day.

Maybe im crazy, but i'd take 60 and rainy everyday over this.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:04 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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You also have to know where to hang out. If you want stuck up preppies, go to Dupont, Foggy Bottom, and Georgetown. If you want to meet people with a personality, go to Adams Morgan, H Street, or Columbia Heights.
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