Bloomberg Businessweek Ranks DC 3rd Best City in America


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Thanks to a commenter for pointing out in the morning rant/revel. Business Week writes:

The District of Columbia’s been known for political dysfunction, but when it comes to leisure it has become the nation’s leader. The nation’s capital has an expansive series of parks to go with its lively districts, such as Logan Circle and Foggy Bottom. D.C. rivals Boston for its depth and quality of schools. Staying busy: Residents can shop in Georgetown or check out such cultural centers as the Smithsonian’s museums and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Seattle was ranked number 2 and San Francisco was awarded the number 1 spot.

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  • Although I agree with the assertion that Arlington (#27 on the list) “could stand to be a bit more fun—it’s held back by weak nightlife,” I’m pretty sure it has more than 12 bars.

  • Looks their rating system is limted to NW DC.

  • DC should win the First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence.

  • SF for the win!

  • “D.C. rivals Boston for its depth and quality of schools.”

    Huh? Maybe if you live in one of the tony suburbs or can afford to send your kid to one of the areas many prep schools at $25K+ per year.

    • I believe schools means universities.

      • Yep, think you’re right. Even so, I think it is an incorrect statement. There is no DC equivalent to Harvard and MIT (no, G-town does not count), and there are a ton of other universities in Boston while there are just a handful here in DC.

        • I think if you count the universities just outside such as George Mason and Marymont then it gives Boston a run for its money on number of Universities.

          • No way. In Boston you also have BU, BC, Northeastern, Berklee, Tufts, and Wellesley. In addition to the Big Two.

            UMD and Georgetown have world class programs in certain fields (economics & life sciences for UMD, law & government for GT), but there’s really no comparison between the two cities.

            I’ve always been struck by how we don’t have higher caliber universities in DC. It’s the seat of the most powerful nation in the world, yet many other regions in the country have better universities.

          • and Brandeis, another solid school.

          • Coming from the Midwest and living on the West Coast too…I can tell you that outside of Georgetown, no one knows/cares about any of the other universities in the DC Metro. Maybe in this region they have some street cred, but nothing compared to the National credibility and reputation of Boston area schools like MIT, Harvard, Boston U, Boston College, U of Mass, Cambridge, or Northeastern.

            No offense to George Mason, George Washington, American U, Howard, Catholic, U of DC, Catholic, Marymont, but I didn’t know about any of these schools till I moved here. Aside from U of Maryland and Virginia, Boston is in a different category to DC (and no I didn’t go to any schools in Boston).

          • Having lived in the Midwest too, I’d say most college minded midwesterners are incredibly provincial about what schools “matter”– refreshingly so in my opinion. In a region where the Big Ten is the be all end all, fewer kids are chasing East Coast name brands and that permeates into the business world where they end up. Conversely, East Coasters don’t really realize how good schools like Wisconsin or Univ. of Illinois really are.

        • Totally agree – Boston universities, both in terms of quantity and quality, blow DC out of the water. Georgetown is basically equivalent to Tufts, which is a 2nd rate school in Boston. We have nothing close to the caliber of Harvard or MIT.

          If they are discussing public and private K-12 schools, greater Boston still wins, bar none. Boston Latin, hello?!?

          • Are you a product of Boston schooling?

          • Nope. But I had family members, a few ex’s, and many friends attend public and private schools in Boston (both K-12 and undergrad). All of them had universally good experiences: highest quality teachers, involved parents, lots of state funding, and dedicated students. Taxes are damn high in MA, but the quality of schools make up for it.

          • An idiot is an idiot and a genius a genius regardless of the school. All else is just a herding of mediocrity of faculty, students and staff equally. Boston schools have the reputation but the same education can be achieved elsewhere.

          • Agreed. There’s no comparison between Boston schools (primary schools and colleges) and those in DC. DC public schools are among the worst in the nation while Boston’s are among the best. And as other commenters have pointed out, Georgetown is a great school, but it’s no MIT or Harvard.

          • “2nd rate”? “Blows out of the water”?

        • The Boston gig has been cancelled…
          What?
          Yeah. I wouldn’t worry about it though, it’s not a big college town.

          Case closed

    • At least DC’s schools have diversity. I’m still bristling at a comment made by a guy I met who was visiting from Boston– his sister wanted to go to Georgetown but he didn’t like that idea because “DC has a lot of black people.” ????

    • You’d think that with all those prestigious universities, that Boston might be able to rid itself of that miserable bastardization of the English language that is their accent. There’s not a more grating dialect of English on the planet.

  • If you add weather as a factor, there’s no way Seattle is above DC…. Just saying.

    • DC gets more inches of rainfall a year than Seattle. Plus, Seattle’s winters are are far milder and their Summers blow DC’s humid swamp-like air out of the water.

      • I think when people complain about Seattle weather they’re not talking about rain or cold or humidity but lack of sunlight.

      • Yes, I have spent weeks in Seattle without so much as seeing the outline of the sun behind the clouds. The summers are much nicer though.

    • Agree. Also I love Seattle but it’s not nearly as walkable.

    • I’d take a Seattle summer over a DC one any day.

    • I’m from Seattle, and I agree. It’s a great city in many respects, but the constant overcast is soul crushing. We have a saying that Seattle has two seasons, drizzle and August.

    • I’d take Seattle’s climate over the horrible Summers in DC any day.

    • I grew up in DC and lived for several years in Seattle in the 90s. The weather there really is a pain. The winters can be as mild as in DC, though we can get a deep freeze more often than they do. What really drove me buts was that the weather we have in February and March continues in Seattle until May and June. My Seattleite friends gave me a handy rule of thumb: summer starts on July 5th. Then, IF there is a summer, it can be great – sunny/drought, no rain til October. However, there is no garantee that there will be a summer – some years the cool and cloudy stuff just kept going. I never thought I’d say it, but it actually made me long for a nasty hot as hell DC July. A little bit. Oh and the absolute worst difference about Seattle weather: No thunderstorms. That was something I really missed.

  • I love living in DC! But I think the sustainability of DC’s renaissance is about to be tested, as severe federal budget cuts are enacted –especially in defense spending.

  • I politely disagree that DC rivals boston for its quality of schools (I’m assuming they mean colleges and universities and not public K-12 schools).

    For higher education Boston is way better.

    • Agree. Also, what’s with saying Boston isn’t that safe, but not commenting on crime in DC?? That makes no sense at all. Also, doesn’t DC have more than 134 bars? That number sounds low.

  • This “survey” is a real head scratcher. NYC is the 7th best city in the country? Foggy Bottom is “lively”?

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Hahaha – looks like this article is from September. Oh well, better late than never :)

  • I love these articles that sound like they were written by a robot or at least someone who def. is not familiar with the “real D.C.” It sounds like what I would sound like trying to write about what’s trendy in NYC, comparing Park Slope, Williamsburg, and Flushing or something.

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