Politics. Living in DC you learn that, even if you do not care to have it be so, politics dominates much of the conversation around you. Local, national, international, it is all here. And the more I learn about it, the less I like.
Especially in the case of DC politics. I will not even try to describe the workings of DC government and its long history of turmoil. But I will say, from my perspective it seems I have not seen, in my almost 10 years here, a single person who really seemed to care about the entire city come into office. It seems like rhetoric and cronyism have dominated each and every person, regardless of race or socio-economic status. The face of DC politics in the rest of the nation is usually "Mayor for Life" Marion Barry. Doesn't speak well for the rest of us, eh?
I really enjoy living here. I do not enjoy being the butt of jokes. I do not enjoy hearing we cannot have statehood because "you can't even take care of yourselves". I would love to see DC flourish. And I would think, as the nation's capital, it would be in everyone's interest that it does.
Because this is really a very beautiful city. I live in the quaint and quirky Capitol Hill area (although there are those who would debate that I am actually in Capitol Hill...). Each day I drive through Ledroit Park and see the old houses coming alive once more. I drive into Dupont and Logan Circles. The houses, grand and beautiful. Every now and again I venture into Georgetown and marvel at the old buildings, still as beautiful as ever. And the residents of DC, diverse and marvelous. The ENTIRE city deserves better.