peachy, I have been there, you know. I can see it from here.
Yes, DC, like many major cities, has plenty of enlightening and beautiful experiences available. I've spent countless hours strolling through the museums, dining there, attending performances, and even partying there.
However, I still can't get past the absurd rate of violent crime. The statistics more than back up the news stories. It's not as if I'm focusing on a few sensational murder cases that happened to get a lot of press time to back up my opinion. The numbers speak for themselves. DC has a bizarrely high rate of violent crime.
DC especially has a bizarrely high rate of violent crime for a city that really does have a lot more funding available than many other places.
I don't think I'd see so many people jumping to the defense of PG County (a neighbor to DC). It's another area considered to be fairly high crime (some indicate the crime in DC is just moving to PG - I haven't researched it, and I just finished an 18 page research paper, so please don't ask me to!). I worked there for three years and witnessed plenty of ugly things - had plenty of good experiences there, too. Maybe PG County should put up a few museums and pretty buildings to improve their image.
Well, actually, I guess they started with the National Harbor development.