From history books to House of Cards, D.C. has a notorious reputation of being a city where there only two topics of conversation: politics and government (though food is a close third).
If that’s the case, why are nonprofits and tech firms and startups setting up shop here? Why are new coworking spaces opening regularly and original spaces expanding? Why is the city literally bursting with out-of-towners moving here at record pace?
The real reason folks come to D.C.: the people. A diverse, robust population is what makes this city one of the hottest places to live, work, and play. Washington is filled with students and scholars of law, government, medicine, and many other diverse fields, each with ambition that would make Frank Underwood proud, but approachable enough to talk politics over a drink.
Of course, we cannot forget those who work in and with the government, as their work affects not only the city but our entire country. Within their world exists an incredible diversity of opportunity, from aerospace to justice to economics. With their proximity to one another and to tech firms and startups and nonprofits, they are able to provide a policy backbone to our ever-complexifying business landscape.
Who else is here? Millennials. The Netflix-Google-Snapchat generation has made its mark on the District. The agencies, nonprofits, and startups that dot this city thrive on the ever-rising influx of recent college graduates, many of whom hail from the nearly twenty colleges and universities in our area. The most educated generation to date, Millennials are strengthening existing institutions and disrupting when necessary.
Perhaps the relatively smaller size of the city plays a role in strengthening the community. But when someone asks, “Why should I choose D.C. over any other growing city?” The answer is pretty simple - it’s the people who live in it.
(Okay, the great food helps too. Which reminds me - anyone know where the real Freddy’s BBQ Joint is?)
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