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Posted at 2:04 PM ET, 12/24/2010

Year in review: What works in D.C.

By Jim Fowler, Ashburn

Complaining is one of our favorite pastimes in the D.C. area. We complain about crime, construction, corruption, traffic, bad weather, lousy sports teams and bad coffee at the office. But in 2010 I noticed three things in our area that worked great.  

With all our kvetching about Dulles Airport construction, the newly renovated airport is fantastic. More efficient security, wonderful little trains, underground walkways to parking and a beautiful new terminal. Cool. Also, amid the whining during Snowmageddon, in my neck of the exurbs I experienced neighbors helping neighbors to shovel, plow operators helping to clear driveways and overall round-the-clock efficiency. Bravo, Loudoun County. And anyone who has not visited the new National Harbor is missing out. It’s easy to get there, parking is a snap and the view of Virginia out the giant Gaylord Hotel picture window is worth the trip alone.

So perhaps in 2011, more of us can take a brief respite from complaining to consider a radical notion: There are things that actually work in the region!

The Post invited readers to write a short essay on the meaning of 2010 for the D.C. region. To participate, send up to 300 words to letters@washpost.com.

By Jim Fowler, Ashburn  | December 24, 2010; 2:04 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Year in review 2010  
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