America's Favorite Cities? Not D.C.
Here's the worst of it: We are now the fifth-rudest city in the nation, and we fell to 31st in friendliness. A former intern in D.C. told T & L about a time she passed out on the Metro and no one came to her aid.
But it's OK, because we're pretty, right? No. Our attractiveness has fallen to No. 30, according to both residents and visitors -- 30 out of 35.
The only laurels we can safely rest on are our smarts. We say we're the No. 1 most intelligent city in the nation, and visitors say we're fourth. (It feels like a high school contest in which we've been dubbed both a nerd and ugly-duckling who compensates by being aloof. Reese Witherspoon in "Election," anyone?)
But hey, we've got one thing to hold on to: Our cultural edge. The No. 1 ranking for historical sites and museums and galleries remains ours. We're the second-best cultural getaway in the nation. The only problem? Survey respondents say our hotels aren't cheap and we're sure not romantic.
We'll keep visitors coming anyway by plying them with more big-name restaurants and better ethnic food than ever before. So take that, New York! And visitors love our public transportation. (I have to ask, have they actually ridden the Metro?)
The best thing about this list? Being able to pit two cities against each other. Yes, I've already checked out the District vs. New York. No, the results aren't pretty, with a big LOSER tag next to our name. Same for Chicago.
But hey, we beat Orlando. And that's really saying something.
Your Take: What do you love and hate about DC?Tweet Love the coffee but hate the dating scene? Hate the buses but love the half-smoke? Tell us on Twitter by using #LoveAboutDC, #HateAboutDC or by leaving a note in the comments section below. We’ll post some responses back here in this blog.
Love the people, the burgers, the lighting, the architecture, the cleanliness, the efficiency and that huuuuuge sky. #loveaboutDC
The utilities and related infrastructure are outdated. Pretty embarrassing for an affluent, growing region if you ask me #hateaboutdc
Drivers from Virginia #hateaboutdc
How easy it is to find quiet, the super-idealism, the small feel. And that few are fashionable so my mediocre outfit shines. #loveaboutDC
One thing I #loveaboutDC is I can easily amass a $1K in traffic tickets in one year.
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