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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/29/2005

Julia's Top 5 New Arrivals

By Julia Beizer

Amidst all the new restaurants and bars that popped up across the metropolitan area this year, there also have been other significant additions to the District landscpe -- things that make D.C. a great place to live, work and play. Of all of the things that came to Washington this year, I was most excited about these:

5. Wireless Service in  Dupont Circle. Dupont Circle is a great spot for people-watching and relaxing, but being able to check e-mail there is a sweet bonus.

4. Tai Shan. The panda cub has been a bit overexposed in his first few months on Earth. Nevertheless, the videos of him bumbling around have been a constant source of amusement.

3. ATMs in Metro Stations. For when I just didn't have time to go to the bank.

2. The Circulator. I had heard all about the new red buses and their crazy routes well before any maiden voyages. (Full disclosure: A friend of mine worked at the Downtown Business Improvement District on this project.) But at first, I still couldn't figure out this new transit system. It wasn't until months after the launch, when I finally hopped on with other skeptical passengers, that I developed an admiration for these colorful vehicles. Wide windows, new routes, friendly drivers -- I dig it.

1. The Nats. Seems there will always be debate about the merits of the stadium deal, but I had a great time going to baseball games on Saturday nights and watching the Nationals take this city by storm. Here's hoping we can keep them around in 2006.

--Julia

By Julia Beizer  | December 29, 2005; 10:30 AM ET
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