D.C. is a unique city that has always navigated having both a national and local identity. Because of all the government and national organizations that are based here, it is also a highly transient city, and one that is swiftly evolving. The D.C. of 5 years ago looks drastically different than it does today. What’s consistently been at the root of the local D.C. culture though, from punk to riot girls to go-go, is a steadfast commitment to the homegrown and independently owned, and that value is only growing stronger. Artists are beginning to stay local instead of moving to New York, folks are starting small-batch food companies, and the DIY culture is as strong as ever. Another thing we all love about D.C. is that it’s a small city with all the benefits of a big city. This means for creatives like us that the artistic community is small and welcoming. This also means that there’s a lot to see and do, but because of the compact size, it’s possible to tackle a lot in a day.
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