In the the ten days leading up to Inauguration,
we gathered THOUSANDS of reasons (from REAL DC residents)
to live in, love, and appreciate this city
(and why it's way more than just the federal government)
DC is __________________________________?
We're honored to share them, here.
Let us know: bit.ly/ACDC-DC-is-REAL
Learn more about the DC is REAL campaign on DC's WAMU 88.5 and WUSA9,
and as we step into four years during which the city's residents,
local businesses, neighborhoods, and IDENTITY deserve acknowledgment,
you can click here to save + share .gifs + .movs from the DC IS REAL campaign.
Your life looks good here. #aCreativeDC
DC is my home away frm home. A forever evolving world on its own, full of diverse ideas, ppl & inspiration. 3yrs & counting: LOVE being here https://t.co/uua6t95iyr— Abdullah Syed (@abdullasyed) January 12, 2017
Home. I thought I'd be a transient person in this city like the average new resident, but how could I ever leave this city and culture? https://t.co/rk76QECfcc— Adam Carrico (@adamcarrico) January 13, 2017
Full of creatives 🎨, innovators ⚡️ + intellectuals 🤓... 💞 https://t.co/dtVQho9Irr— Akeya (@akeya2017) January 12, 2017
DC is a city that welcomes all who come to wander and stay for a while. Those who stay have built a place that represents a model for the great American city. Increasingly young, scrappy, culturally/ethnically diverse, and collaborative, our denizens' lives are constantly enriched by the sum of our parts.
Albert Ting [ www.archtableau.com ] [ IG @pootie_ting ]
DC is home. Community. A city full of people I love and care about. A city that I've slowly fallen in love with.
A.M., Washington, DC
DC is my second home. I'm from the Philippines and it's my second time to live in the District. I came back because I missed its vibrance and the unlimited opportunities it has to offer. I wake up every morning feeling lucky to be a part of this city!
Andrew Zubiri [ www.freetaste.wordpress.com ] [ IG @jandrewz ] [ Tw @jadz ]
DC is R A D - this great city attracts + produces amazing creative outlets on a scale that allow participants to ACTIVELY ENGAGE with the community in a way I've never experienced in a big city. There is an authentic accessibility to culture, art, incredible food + music (frequently for free). I feel proud to live, work + create in DC.
Alex Stoller, Design Director, SWATCHROOM [ IG @designhunger ]
DC is a place for my boyfriend and I to create, eat, and learn. It's a place to escape to when you fall in love.
Alex F. [ IG @fuste.art ]
DC is a place full of people who are dedicated to changing the world. https://t.co/Pvmpb5HQeN— Alicia Montgomery (@AMontgomery_998) January 12, 2017
DC is unexpected. At 25, I picked up horseback riding in Rock Creek Park, and rode 4x a week on the 10 miles of bridle paths in the city. https://t.co/C6lzsLTefU— AliciaRC (@AliciaRC) January 15, 2017
@aCreativeDC My work home across the river since 1979; DC is artful, joyful, musical, and if you know where to find it, creatively badass.— A Grenadier (@agrenadier) January 14, 2017
DC is home to more than 2 generations of my family.— Allie 🥃 (@allieiswriting) January 13, 2017
A small town to all who grew up here.
Full of hidden beauty. https://t.co/pI2CsLk6jj
DC is where I was born but also the city I came back to after years in Boston, NYC, London, and Munich. Diverse, ever-changing, inclusive of all. My choice for #Home.
Allison P. [ IG @askali13 ] [ Tw @askalip ]
DC is HOME. there's nothing but love here, you're new? there's no problem with asking a stranger for help. everyone has a warm heart. that's what the city is built off of.
Amber L. [ IG @A78759 ]
DC is Heart. DC is Unexpected. DC is Deep. DC is full of Builders. DC is Smart — full of the smartest people in this country who care about real issues impacting real lives; and who respectfully (and legally) disagree, and work together.
Amy, Washington, DC
DC is where I realized my creative potential. DC gave me a community that encouraged my curiosity, the courage to pursue it, and matched these with opportunity.
Amy W., Washington, DC
DC is the vibrant, messy, beautiful place that I've called home all my life. There really isn't any way to describe growing up here, or what DC means to me/DC kids in general. Most of us have DC flags hanging proudly in our rooms; a lot get tattoos of the District outline or flag before heading off somewhere new (DC is the kind of place you carry with you).
Ann P., Washington, DC
DC is a wonderful, rich place to live. Real people live here, including government employees who have to cringe and duck every time an administration changes, career apolitical folks doing the best they can to create positive change.
Anne H., Retired Fed, Washington, DC
DC is a city of immigrants & should continue to offer sanctuary to all of us who live & come here https://t.co/XAzNeY1vRc— Ana P. Rodriguez (@aprodrig77) January 14, 2017
D.C is an All American City. We exist and we work. The government just rents a room. https://t.co/s12vJaLGpq— AuKai Richie (@invalid202) January 18, 2017
14 years ago DC gave me my first "career" job, that job introduced me to the best friends I've ever been fortunate enough to make, and those friends have given me everything. That is and always will be my DC.
A.Z.Khan, Program Director [ IG @ahmedzkhan ]
I came to this town as an immigrant in the 90s from India. I have gone to college here (ungrad + grad school), bought a home here, and fallen in love here (now getting married). This city taken me through so many stages of my life.
AP, Washington, DC
DC is my home, my creative hub, and my place of inspiration to influence creatives to get their just due financially.
THE ASH PROJECT, Founder of The Ash Project [ www.THEASHPROJECT.co ] [ IG @theashproject ] [ Tw @the_ashproject ]
DC is that magical place where dreamers change the world. Where your community is your home and your home is open, and inviting <3
Ashley Badgley, Proud Ward 5 Resident [ Tw @ashually ]
DC is The World. You can meet people from everywhere, experience different food, culture, music, language and traditions. https://t.co/DRArv2YyAL— Ati Williams (@atiwilliams) January 12, 2017
DC is home (even if temporary) for thousands of amazing students. https://t.co/1Epwxxu4YJ— AU Health & Wellness (@AUHealthWell) January 12, 2017
DC is what you choose to make it, especially if you look beneath the surface and engage with its local culture + and its movers and shakers. It is secretly blowing up as a creative hub on the East Coast. It's my community, my inspiration + my livelihood.
DJ Ayes Cold [ IG @ayescold ]
DC is the quintessence of a cultural melting pot in modern day society. Beyond being home to politics, the district is also the birthplace of Punk and Go-Go genres. DC represents the voice and spirit of a people fighting for equality across all axes and borders.
Beau Young Prince, Musician/Producer [ IG @beauyoungprince ] [ Tw @beauyoungprince ]
DC is stunning. From its two rivers, to the National Arboretum, Rock Creek Park, and the Aquatic Gardens—this city known for red vs. blue is greener than you think.
Becky Harlan [ IG @beckharlan ] [ Tw @beckyharlan ]
DC is richly diverse. Outside my glass door, on the sidewalk 15 feet away, I watch humans of every ethnicity, every race, every age, every gender, rich and poor walking around, making a living and building a community.
Beena R., Washington, DC
@aCreativeDC Real Americans, from college students to small business owners to hardworking immigrant families, all taxed & none represented.— Beth Shook (@bethshook) January 12, 2017
@aCreativeDC We care for the ppl: paid sick days for tipped workers, housing 1st for 1000s homeless, paid family & medical leave for all— Roberta (@bertsbeing) January 14, 2017
DC is friends. Its passionate, hard-working people. Its diverse communities. Its amazing restaurants. Its huge LGBT community. DC is home. https://t.co/LUW9PkE9Cl— Billy Flanagan (@waflanagan) January 13, 2017
DC is thankfully, a place that you have to give love to get it back. Otherwise, don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.
Bliu, Washington, DC
DC is my home. The place where we are choosing to raise our family. DC is full of individuality, creativity, & the hardest working citizens. https://t.co/VtZHycpRWz— Bree Ryback (@CapitolRomance) January 11, 2017
passionate— Betsy (@btransatlantic) January 14, 2017
a community of passionate and kind people from all walks of life https://t.co/QxVlVU99Ac— callie (@internetcallie) January 11, 2017
DC is the place i never saw myself moving to but now its the place, i never see myself leavig. DC IS HOME. https://t.co/nQtOckA6pr— carl maynard (@carlnard) January 13, 2017
DC is full of people working their asses off to make a difference, not a buck https://t.co/uHJ5lcmvDM— catherine madden (@catmule) January 13, 2017
DC is a place where my Muslim-Jewish international queer home can exist safely.
C.C., Washington, DC
DC is the beautiful beating heart of public service - the place where social workers and LGBTQI health care providers, policy analysts and Hill staffers put up with sky-high rent not because of fame or money, but because their chosen careers give them a chance to make someone's life better. DC is empathetic passion, personified.
Cee Bee [ Tw @NinerPapaBravo ]
DC is the home of the real HU! Since 1867 Howard University's goal has been the elimination of inequities related to race, color, social, economic and political circumstances. My DC is real and has produced the highest number of the nation's Black professionals in art, medicine, engineering, architecture, religion, law, music, social work and education.
Charles Philippe Jean-Pierre, Teaching Artist [ www.charlesjeanpierre.com ] [ IG @cjpgallery ]
DC is my chosen home full of interesting and passionate people, many of whom are part of my chosen family. https://t.co/oEcqUkQpxj— Megan Campbell (@cheapmojo) January 13, 2017
DC is more than just half smokes. It's more than just go-go and more than just politicians and it's more than just Northwest. DC is the people. The craziest, wildest, most fun, most humble, most inspiring people in the world.
Christian Dutilh, principal at composite co. [ IG @cwndutilh ]
DC is a city of unique neighborhoods where real people live. https://t.co/0k1k64CSKj— Christopher Gould (@ChargingRhin0) January 14, 2017
DC is the first home that I got to choose for myself. DC is international and diverse & yet at the same time it is very Black <3 https://t.co/Ch3mbNdsPW— 💎Crystal Femme💎 (@PaigeUnabridged) January 13, 2017
DC is the place where you work hard, play hard,and pay hard. Lol! But, truly, DC inspires you to work for the progress you believe in. https://t.co/QxtjMCIqDh— DSN (@chasefranco) January 12, 2017
DC is UNIQUE, where progressive values meets southern manners and (while the city unfortunately has shifted in demographics) where diversity engulfs you from Anacostia to Georgetown. DC is mambo sauce, Chuck Brown, Mayor Barry, Howard, Georgetown, Wale, the Soldier's home, and NOT A SWAMP.
Cameron Jacobs [ IG @jacobsca946 ]
DC is where my mother and grandmother were born. Where my grandfather worked as a butcher and grocer. Where my kids go to school and sled on Capitol Hill in the winter.
Carly Van Orman, Washington, DC
DC is teaching other people's children how to be considerate and respectful citizens to all people.
A. Choutka, Teacher [ Tw @choutkaa ]
DC is my home away from home. DC is in my bones. https://t.co/PYwQANEwRN— 🌙Brieahn J. DeMeo🌙 (@Brieeeeee) January 12, 2017
@aCreativeDC DC is alive. Changing. Vibrant. Interesting. Great people. Home.— Catherine Maresca (@celawm) January 15, 2017
DC is collaborative, full of bright, ambitious souls, and has the most diverse creative community in the nation. Can't drain that. https://t.co/GpbqQRjbim— Cherry Blossom (@CherryBlossomHQ) January 12, 2017
DC is home. After living in 10 countries, it's the city I always come back to. It's my community w a diverse culture & tons of creativity. https://t.co/IZBshxiVNY— Christina Shorter (@ShorterCR) January 13, 2017
DC is a diverse and caring community. https://t.co/0k1k64CSKj— Christopher Gould (@ChargingRhin0) January 13, 2017
DC is a place with a thriving literary community. https://t.co/rkctFv73G9— Claire Lyman (@ClaireLyman) January 11, 2017
DC is where I learned how to be creative. DC is where I found a community. DC is where I am consistently inspired by real people. DC is where I call home.
Clarissa Villondo, Photographer [ karlinvillondo.photoshelter.com ] [ IG @karlinvillondophotography ] [ Tw @cvillondo ]
DC is exploration. I grew up going to the museums, and now I love exploring parks, restaurants, neighborhoods and events too! There's always something I haven't seen before.
Claudia P., Washington, DC
DC is a crazy-beautiful, swirling force of freedoms, fears and fictions, where I walk my dog and wade in the river and sometimes write and sometimes still cry when I see Lincoln lit at night.
Courtney S. [ www.theinnerlooplit.com ] [ Tw @theinnerlooplit ]
DC is where I found my first home away from home. I found a city ripe with opportunity, diverse people, and a range of opinions.
Chris O'Rourke, Washington, DC
DC is where my mom, my daughter, and I were born. It's where I met my wife. It's where I've learned who I am.
D. Soho [ IG @dsohophotography ]
DC is home. It's the creative pulse that keeps me going, friends who feel like family, & lazy trips to the Hirshhorn. A city & muse in one. https://t.co/Sw09sNrwRj— Danielle Mohlman (@DanielleMohlman) January 14, 2017
DC is my family, hometown, peace, laughter (because metro is always messed up). It is inspirational, unique and amazing. https://t.co/TllMp1GdKG— DCartist - Paula B. (@dcartist) January 13, 2017
DC has supported us & helped make DC Brau into a renowned, award-winning brewery. There’s nowhere else we’d want to brew our beer. #DCisReal— DC Brau Brewing (@dcbrau) January 12, 2017
DC is where dreams come true! Almost 8 years ago when we started working on opening DC’s first production brewery since the 1950s, it was just that - a dream. The DC community has rallied around us, supported us, and helped us make DC Brau into an internationally renowned, award-winning brewery. There’s nowhere else we’d want to brew our beer. #DCisReal #MadeinDC #DrinkLocal
Brandon Skall, Jeff Hancock, Mari Rodela - DC Brau Brewing Co. [ www.dcbrau.com ] [ IG @dcbrau ] [ Tw @dcbrau ]
( T H E L A T E S T from I N S T A G R A M ) :
NOT the representatives the rest of the country sends here!! https://t.co/4mPNIJs6L9— Daniella (@dgibber123) January 11, 2017
DC is the place I call home, as a daughter of Vietnamese refugee immigrants. We were one of the first places in America to recognize gay marriage, we've decriminalized marijuana and DC businesses will soon be required to provide maternity leave. The list goes on and on on why I am proud to call DC my home.
Danielle Vu [ IG @ledaniellevu ]
LRT: DC is where I was born and raised, where I fell in love for the first time, and discovered my passion for pottery. #aCreativeDC— Deborah (@zicklerarts) January 11, 2017
NOT the representatives the rest of the country sends here!! https://t.co/4mPNIJs6L9— Daniella (@dgibber123) January 11, 2017
DC is rich in culture, creativity, passion and diversity - and that's how we want to keep it! https://t.co/fGkRS8FXtT— DCPL Literati (@dcpl_literati) January 12, 2017
DC is a city where all creatives from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds, age, and color converge and unite to empower others to step out to be seen & heard. It is a city where all creatives feel inspired and impact the DC community every single day.
Diego Gonzalez-Zuniga, NoMa BID Marketing + Events Manager/DC Creative Influencer [ diegodowntown.com ] [ IG @diegodowntown ] [ Tw @diegodowntown ]
#DCisreal because it's got a vibrant creative community.— David Jaffe (@dijaffe) January 13, 2017
home of the music and culture of go-go! Yes, I appreciate and love it all the way in New Orleans. No go-go, no DC. Long live DC go-go! https://t.co/Hu96zROU7z— DJ Soul Sister (@djsoulsister) January 12, 2017
❤️ my hometown that bursts with beautiful, creative energy https://t.co/cEcxX8VEjU— Elise (@forbidden_bacon) January 11, 2017
DC is disenfranchised & unrepresented in our federal gov, despite an overwhelming vote to become the 51st state (2016) & decades of advocacy https://t.co/buWdXfuW2S— Laurenellen McCann!! (@elle_mccann) January 13, 2017
DC is hard to see if you only stay in Foggy Bottom, Farragut, and Capitol Hill. https://t.co/buWdXfuW2S— Laurenellen McCann!! (@elle_mccann) January 13, 2017
DC is where I fell in love. Where I feel connected to people from all over the world. Where I'm proud to call home.
E., Washington, DC
DC is home to my family for over 150 years. Home to rich history, arts, parks, startups, street art, food, fitness, opportunities, challenges, inspiration, and the diverse, passionate people who do it all.
E.K., Washington, DC
DC is a place where you know and love your neighbors like family. It has a small-town feel even though it's an entire [future] state.
Elenore W. [ Tw @hwookiee ]
DC is my grandmother's former home, my adopted home. I've been a graduate student in Woodley Park; reporter in the Capitol building and Watergate complex; community gardener in Petworth and Brookland; and public-school teacher in Anacostia, Fort Totten, Petworth, and River Terrace.
Emelie Rutherford, Washington, DC
DC is where I teach children how to be powerful, engaged citizens. It is where they teach me how to be a better person. It is where we learn together and support each other.
Emily, Special Education Teacher, DCPS
DC is the very real land where I moved to make my dreams come true, the place that supports me as I wake up every day and pursue a living creating with my hands, a environment encouraging thousands of artists to speak their minds, create, and thrive.
Emily K M Reeder, Goldsmith [ JewelryClassDC.com ] [ IG @Ekmrdesign ]
DC is an intelligent, creative, and beautiful community, in every sense of the word. I've called DC home for 8 years, and every day I'm still madly in love. Every citizen is an artist. I'm constantly fascinated by each person's unique story and cultural contribution.
Emily Unroe [ www.emilyunroe.com ] [ IG @asparagus_therapist ]
DC is a fantastic place to raise children. https://t.co/KWFtD4bVOX— ➰say "yes, Princess" (@en_transation) January 11, 2017
DC is a city filled with natural beauty and a passionate people who's DIY aesthetic can make anything happen! We will rise to any challenge! https://t.co/IYB8UpebxZ— matt hollis (@enoughforall) January 13, 2017
DC is the sum of all its parts- the good and the bad. It's home, friends, family and so much more than the "swamp". https://t.co/oN6J6vkosS— Erica samalis (@Frekles827) January 11, 2017
Love this. DC is home to a vibrant music community. It's the birthplace of GoGo, Duke Ellington, Henry Rollins, Ginuwine, Bad Brains & more https://t.co/APiZR7jb9B— EV Ellington (@EVtheduke) January 11, 2017
DC became my home even if I didn't come here in a typical manner. I requested asylum, and I was welcomed and submerged into a city of rich culture, art, incredible music, food, history and stories. The collective memory of the city is ever growing and it feels like it's a scale of the whole world, since you can find from a Ethiopian doctor to a Venezuelan Human Rights lawyer, bypassing an Welsh book collector and an African-American paper sculptor :)
Fabiola Rondon, Aspiring historical figure. And Dancer. [ IG @fa.dances ]
@aCreativeDC DC is full of optimists and can-do people.— Gwen (@gakolyn11) January 13, 2017
DC is dope! I grew up in VA, but always made my way to the city. Finally ending up moving here about 5 years ago and fell in love. It is a suit and tie place, but there’s a totally other side to DC that is creative, vibrant, alive, active, and cares deeply about the city. I am so inspired by this place and I am proud to be contributing to the culture here. DC or nothing!
Gary Williams Jr, Director & Co-Founder CreativeTheory | [ IG @masterwilliams ]
DC is the place having the greatest social impact on my life as a youth. It's where I returned as an adult to apply all I'd learned to help strengthen the culture we have.
Geronimo Collins, Your Social Connector [ alltheflykids.com ] [ IG @geronimoknows ] [ Tw @geronimoknows ]
DC is the place where I am able to learn as a college student, mature as a young adult, and explore and adventure as human being. DC is the most incredible city I've ever seen. DC is home.
Gina Forsyth [ IG @ginaforsyth ] [ Tw @ginaforsythh ]
DC is full of inspiration and energy✨ https://t.co/dVq1yurZaS— The Glossier (@theglossier) January 11, 2017
Remember as a kid when you'd lift up rocks to get at the bugs, worms and mud underneath. All the interesting stuff. That's DC #acreativeDC— Spence (@Grassy_Knowles) January 12, 2017
DC is home to people who are thriving, people who are struggling, neighbors, friends, and communities. DC is an American town.
Greg, Washington, DC
A big small town. Where people support local businesses, cheer for local sports teams, make/see local art, with no votes in Congress. https://t.co/MYlCcbdI58— Heather Palmateer (@h_palmateer) January 13, 2017
DC is so often cast as the promise and paradox and diversity of the United States in a microcosm. But DC also exists as a particular, peculiar place outside of these expectations, and so consistently subverts and ignores and queers them that it feels sometimes like sci-fi.
Hayden Higgins, Publisher, 730DC [ 730DC.com ] [ IG @730DC ] [ Tw @730_DC ]
DC is a vibrant, expansive community filled with smart, eager, innovative people of all kinds and talents and backgrounds. I came here because the city had a sense of active possibility about it. I'm still here 17 years later because it still offers that every single day.
Heather B., Washington, DC
DC is my family's home since my grt-granddad left rural Va to drive a cab here for 50+ yrs -- including during the Great Depression.
Heather M. [ Tw @mcd_h ]
DC is playground for my wildest dreams to come to life, the homeland I never knew I was from.
Helen R., Washington, DC
DC is no longer a city of suits, power lunches and cigars. DC is a multicultural smorgasbord of delights and creative spirit. We're a community. We have unbridled optimism, generosity and talent. We may be the seat of power in our great nation but the people are what make it special. See the city through our eyes and I promise you will be inspired.
Holly Garner [ igdcofficial.com ] [ IG @igdc ] [ IG @golightly ]
DC is a place where smart people have big ideas about topics others have never heard of before.
Ida R., Washington, DC
DC is a place where a young artist like me can be supported by ALL fellow artists, choosing community over competition. https://t.co/h6vA2uJrkO— s l o a n e (@insloanemotion) January 13, 2017
DC is home to rock creek park, which is a stretch of "DEFINITELY NOT SWAMP" from the Lincoln Memorial to Maryland in the North. On weekends, it's a quiet haven for runners, bikers, and walkers. If you go out around dusk, you might run into a deer or a felled tree.
James Colten, Rock Creek Park (Definitely not a swamp) [ https://soundcloud.com/james-colten ] [ IG @jamescolten ] [ Tw @jamescolten ]
DC is collaborative and creative — basically the opposite of the "Washington" most people are used to hearing about on the news.
James Jackson, Photographer & Social Influencer [ thisisjamesj.com ] [ IG @thisisjamesj ] [ Tw @thisisjamesj ]
DC is a city full of potential, a social and cultural hub for the communities that surround it, full of energy and interesting people. https://t.co/u7z2FXgCTD— JanelElaine (@JanelElaine) January 12, 2017
DC is deep Connection -- to history, art, diversity, and progress.
Janel Clement, Director of Digital, PS Digital [ Tw @JanelClement ]
DC is a city full of potential, both realized and yet to be. It's a social and cultural hub for the communities that surround it, full of energy, interesting people, and a colorful history...and future.
Janelle R., Writer [ www.reTyped.org ] [ IG @JanelElaine ] [ Tw @JanelElaine ]
DC is real AF. Period. https://t.co/hhVplWtJY0— Jason Bowers (@JasonABowers) January 13, 2017
@aCreativeDC is a world class city with top notch people p.s. I've lived in NYC, Chicago, Boston, San Fran, Hong Kong and São Paulo— Javier Saade (@Javier_Saade) January 13, 2017
DC is the natural wonder that is Rock Creek Park! How many other urban places can list miles of incredibly scenic, natural trails accessible on horseback as one of its virtues?!
Jenn J., Moment of Zen [ Tw @puntificatory ]
DC is a beautiful and vibrant swamp filled with amazing people whose natural habitat is an environment where they can do good. It's the invasive species the rest of the country elects to infest the swamp that's the problem.
Jesse Strauss [ www.forwardframemedia.com ] [ IG @JesseMS42 ] [ Tw @JesseMS42 ]
DC is my home, where I formed my family, where I choose to raise my children, NOT A SWAMP -- treat it and its people well!
Jessica P. [ Tw @curlyjessp ]
I'm a D.C. native. This city is where I had my formative experiences, where my family lives & where I will start a family someday https://t.co/Q8dYz9C3Kt— Jessica Bates (@jesserker) January 11, 2017
#DCisReal DC is not the playground of America's ruling class. It's a city of over 600,000 Americans with no voice in Congress.— Josh Kramer (@jessohackberry) January 14, 2017
DC is where I met the love of my life, my children were born, a city of beauty and wonderfully diverse culture, my home. https://t.co/NW3qxiHQFt— Jill Shalett (@JillShalett) January 12, 2017
DC is passionate, a city filled with love and art. https://t.co/Kyai5QYE4u— Joe C (@the_vello) January 11, 2017
DC is where American exceptionalism is on display all day every day.
John Schuettinger, Washington, DC
@aCreativeDC My second home. Where my friends live. Special.— Jonna Michelle (@PhotoJonna) January 12, 2017
@aCreativeDC Where I work for a nonprofit animal shelter, play softball in a gay league, where I explore Rock Creek Park trails with my dog— Jose Serrano (@jserrano73) January 14, 2017
#DCisReal DC is not the playground of America's ruling class. It's a city of over 600,000 Americans with no voice in Congress.— Josh Kramer (@jessohackberry) January 14, 2017
DC is diverse. It is such a great place to meet other people from across the US and across the world. https://t.co/N9KHxCAG4V— Joshua Johnson (@mrjtweeter) January 13, 2017
DC is Damn Creative.— Jackie Titus (@JTitus) January 17, 2017
DC is super fit.
DC is real.
People Live Here. https://t.co/Ko92vcw4pE
DC is a thriving community where you meet strangers and become friends the same day. From the farmer's market vendors to the Street Sense seller by the metro, DC is a welcoming place that brings new people every day.
Judith Rontal [ aluminumfoiledkitchen.wordpress.com ] [ IG @jlrontal ] [ Tw @rontaljudith ]
DC is where I grew up. DC is where I fell in love for the first time. DC is where I saw my first punk show. DC is where I get excited about ideas, and folks say "how can I help?" DC is family.
Julia Dann, Washington, DC
DC is home! I was born in DC, and lived there up until I was 18. My parents live in DC, my brother lives in DC (and owns a DC business), and many of my close friends are in DC. Real people live there - and they aren't all connected to politics!
Julie Lenard, Washington, DC
DC is a city that feels like a village in the best way possible - it's cozy and friendly and communal. It's a city that's just waiting for you to have a conversation with it.
Kalsoom Lakhani [ IG @kalsoom82 ] [ Tw @kalsoom82 ]
DC is cultured! Concert halls, museums and galleries, interesting neighborhoods, restaurants, and farmers markets. Many Embassies also host interesting events.
Karissa Silver, Washington, DC
DC is 658,893 creative, ambitious, diverse US citizens who are unapologetically about their drive to make our city and world a better place, but have no voice in Congress. Taxation without representation.
Katalina Mayorga, Founder of El Camino Travel [ elcamino.travel ] [ IG @theyoufinder ] [ Tw @theyoufinder ]
DC is filled with compassionate, inspired and informed people, who really care about our planet and people of all faiths and color who inhabit it.
Kate B., Washington, DC
DC is kids who work hard in school every single day. DC is friends who are family. DC is a community that cares about its future. https://t.co/c1kbvvubGm— Kate O'Connor (@katherine_mary) January 12, 2017
DC is extraordinary! It's full of interesting, diverse, unique and vibrant people who have chosen this city to call home. Not many people accidentally end up here. They come to serve, to create, to inspire and to learn from the history, culture and each other.
Katie Brooks [ IG @thekatiebrooks ] [ Tw @__KatieBrooks ]
DC is home. It's where I fell in love with yoga, grew my career, learned from amazing professors and formed my greatest friendships. It's been 10 years, but if I ever leave, it will always be home.
Kelly Barrett, Social Media Manager/Yoga Teacher [ omweekly.com ] [ IG @kellyalysia ] [ Tw @kellyalysia ]
DC is everything, all at once. It's a refined swamp, a plush and deeply wooded parkway, a changing Shaw, a grid, organic, Fugazi, jazz, segregated, diverse, beautiful, a place to miss...
Kelly Cendreda [ https://www.facebook.com/kelly.c.94 ]
DC is a city of migrants. Most of us are from other places, yet we all have chosen to call this wonderful place home. Compassion and community come naturally since most of us have the shared experience of being a newbie to the city.
Kelly Paras [ IG @flipflopcaravan ]
DC is fascinating - the history of the local city, be it the 1920s, 1960s, or 1980s is full of unexpected juxtapositions and rich cultural surprises. And it continues to be a city of change and creative expression right on through today. Happy to live here, work here, raise my son here, and be part of this chapter.
Kim Z., Washington, DC
DC is where I perform in shows featuring cartoon-like characters, burlesque, and facsimiles of famous people, like Count Chocula and the queen of England.
Kittie Glitter, Femcee Extraordinaire [ #kittieglitter ]
DC is eggs over easy at my grandfather's house, Jeopardy! at dinnertime, driving like a maniac, discipline and routine, fancy and FUN.
KOB, Washington, DC
Full of history and creativity and smart, hard-working people who want to make a difference in this world. https://t.co/z6rzR0lc8M— Kori Hill Wallace (@KoriHill) January 11, 2017
@aCreativeDC DC is where Mambo Sauce, Half Smokes and chili, astronaut ice cream and museum insect candy are food groups.— Michael W. Twitty (@KosherSoul) January 13, 2017
DC IS HOME. https://t.co/NnCFwwfmqB— Kristen Caruana (@kristencaruana) January 11, 2017
@aCreativeDC DC is home. We work hard and treat each other with empathy and warmth.— kristen (@kristencordell) January 13, 2017
@aCreativeDC DC is where your kid can tell tourists why the Statue of Freedom faces east (because the sun never sets on freedom).— Kristen Hartke (@khartke) January 13, 2017
DC is beautiful, diverse, welcoming, walkable, verdant, sustainable and WAY cooler than most give it credit for! DC is filled with smart, creative, down-to-earth people who are reimagining our future and leading the way on energy efficiency, community collaboration, urban farming, biking and more.
Lacey Shaver, Urban Sustainability Pro, Washington, DC
DC is a big little city, intertwined with all walks of life where regular people and powerful government officials share the same streets, same food + breathe the same air every day.
Laura Ritchie [ www.gritandgraceinc.com ] [ IG @gritandgraceinc ] [ Tw @gritandgraceinc ]
DC is where I fell in love with a magical neighborhood (Bloomingdale), learned to practice yoga, and found a nurturing local community. It's where I learned to ride my bike in traffic and find kindness in unexpected places. It's the first city that has ever truly felt like home.
Leanne G. [ Tw @galele91 ]
DC is ALIVE. When I moved here 5 years ago, I expected to not like the city. This expectation was driven by the typical DC stereotype: that this city is only about government. To my surprise, I discovered a rich community of artists, designers, entrepreneurs, yogis, and adventurers. This community, that I now consider myself part of, continues to enlighten, inspire, and challenge me every day.
Leigh-Ann Friedel [ www.leighannfriedel.com ] [ IG @lafriedel ]
DC is the city I where I discovered who I was, made the most amazing friends, found my chosen family and met my husband.
Leslie H., Washington, DC
fun, interesting, smart, where I belong https://t.co/Dridj2Pcc8— Laura Gross (@lgross) January 13, 2017
D.C. is exceptional. It's a home for creative originality and a breeding ground for creative risks. https://t.co/FSpt03bPtS— Andrea (@LetsGoToMuseums) January 13, 2017
...a world beyond politics & monuments, a city where history has & always will continue to thrive through culture, compassion + innovation. https://t.co/adYlpVG77Z— lex. (@LEXartistes) January 11, 2017
DC is more like home than the city I grew up in. https://t.co/W4BajkQKXo— Lisa Rowan (@Lisatella) January 11, 2017
DC is resilient and aware. I wrote this thing to express our history and future in defiance of those who constantly try to take away our agency: https://medium.com/@lisaschamess/blametheswamp-1b71fb7420c8#.ho18649ff
Lisa S. [ lisaschamess.com ] [ Tw @lisaschamess ]
DC is tasty.
Liz Carlton [ IG @lizalittle ]
DC is a place where I have found myself in the friends that have become family.
Liz S., Washington, DC
DC is half the roots of my family tree. ❤️
Lex, Home & Family [ Tw @intodawne ]
DC is a collection of many different small and equally fascinating communities, filled with people who love their neighbors like and unlike, who somehow together form a unique town all its own. It is the home I never expected but never want to leave.
Linnea Hegarty, Washington, DC
#DCisReal We are the swamp like Yoda training Luke.— LookOut DC (@TheLookOutDC) January 13, 2017
DC is home: where I'm raising my fam, where I started 2 creative businesses, where I go running, where I bump into friends on the sidewalk https://t.co/I6Tw7K2ShX— love, Lori Michelle (@lovelorijewelry) January 11, 2017
DC is the beautiful, vibrant city that I'm infinitely proud to call home. Six years and counting 💕 https://t.co/ZfDPDvtlpU— lotanna (@lotannaob) January 12, 2017
DC is the beautiful, vibrant, welcoming city that I am now proud to call HOME.
Lotanna O. [ IG @lotannaob ]
DC is where I live, work, and play... All without a car! Where I find new museums almost weekly! Where I have access to one of the best public library systems in the US!
Lowrie Ward [ IG @lowrie_anne ]
DC is a local city on the world's stage — delivering the sweet soul of Marvin Gaye, the laughter of Dave Chappelle, and the flavors of José Andrés. From Blues Alley to the 9:30 Club, from DC Improv to The Kennedy Center, from Ben's Chili Bowl to Rose's Luxury, we have it all.
Lydia Russo, Realtor [ facebook.com/LydiaRusso ] [ IG @lydiarusso ] [ Tw @lydiarusso ]
....filled with passionate, smart, good-hearted people. https://t.co/y7vIgnsYZh— Lydia Stuckey (@lydiastuckey) January 13, 2017
DC is where I've met & friended some of the kindest, sincere & creative people I could imagine. https://t.co/sGDNQWrLOA— Lyn (@BritLynster) January 11, 2017
DC is a city that I love! Where I live with my husband in our cute little house in a vibrant and nurturing community!
M. Rodela [ Tw @alegrrl ]
DC is happily height-restricted -- but building-wise only: no restrictions on who you can become, how high you can go or the breadth of community you can find.
over 90% of us proudly votes democratic. always.
multicultural and multi-ethnic and yes, hitting our food stride.
maddy beckwith, chief of staff, FRESHFARM [ IG @maddybeckwith | @freshfarmmarkets ] [ Tw @maddybeckwith | @FRESHFARMMktsDC ]
DC is a beautiful, community-based city for internationally-minded, creative, generous people from all over the world to come together in appreciation of art and good food and each other. It's been my home for 11 years, and I can't imagine not living here.
Maggie A. [ IG @yaymaggiemay ]
DC is family history, home, and heritage.
MAK, Washington, DC
DC is the answer to the question of "where does the post-modern creative force reside that will guide the world through the darkest years of the 21st century?" Also, DC will prove that all of our zeroes are greater than your one.
Marcus K. Dowling, Freelance Creative Entrepreneur/Journalist [ about.me/marcuskdowling ] [ IG @marcuskdowling ] [ @marcuskdowling ]
DC is home. https://t.co/LFz3VsrUlj— Mari Manoogian (@MariManoog) January 13, 2017
DC is where I chose to raise my children. It's where I've befriended smart, vibrant, dazzling people. It's home. https://t.co/5SpKdFfxyQ— María Helena Carey (@TheMadameMeow) January 11, 2017
Look past K Street and the Hill, and you'll find the real DC. It's full of passionate, insanely smart, diverse and creative people. And the "stuff" made in this relatively small town (music, art, food, ideas) = brilliant.
Maria R., Washington, DC
DC is a dynamic and beautiful place where people from all over the world come together to make our society better. It is where I truly became an adult, where I've made good friends and have eaten great food. It is where I've laughed and I've cried. It is a part of me and it is my home.
Mary Maxwell [ IG @maryqmax ] [ Tw @maryqmax ]
DC is my adopted hometown and it is filled with unique and friendly people doing incredibly interesting and important things.
Maryjo Mattea [ www.maryjomattea.com ] [ IG @maryjomattea ] [ Tw @maryjomattea ]
DC is my port of entry. Thousands of immigrants arrive here each year and they're greeted with open arms. Proud to call DC my new home. https://t.co/ZAHpw2d1Kr— Matt Kennedy (@mattynuke) January 13, 2017
My home for the past 29 years. https://t.co/Z9asREzc2k— Meaghan Moynahan (@districtsparkle) January 14, 2017
DC is a tiny, hidden gem that's stereotyped to be this super serious place where top secret hush-hush work happens and the President oversees it all. In reality, it's filled with real people, not robots, who are surrounded by an unbelievable amount of resources in such a small space to not only accomplish their day jobs, but also their side hustles....and we just happen to be neighbors with the POTUS.
Merima Repesa [ merimart.com ] [ IG @merimart ] [Tw @merimart ]
DC is home. It's where my husband and I are raising our child. We hike in Rock Creek Park, hold block parties, attend the theater, and eat amazing food.
Michael S., Washington, DC
DC is my home, and I love it dearly. It is not a swamp, but a beautiful city filled with interesting, creative, kind, and inspiring people.
Mitchell West [ IG @tedfreded ]
DC is where big dreamers come to hustle, build, speak and step up to make lasting impact in their community and country. It's diverse. It challenges you.
Monica + Kang [ linkedIn/in/monicahkang ] [ IG @hi.mhk ] [ Tw @monicahkang ]
DC is where I choose to live my life – not in the shadow of government, but alongside it. DC is filled with real people – mothers and fathers and sons and daughters; artists + entrepreneurs; people who are trying to change the world; people who are just trying to make it though their day.
Morgan H. West, artist + creative resource [ IG @pandaheadmorgan | www.pandaheadmorgan.com ]
DC is a home to so many smart, creative scientists. https://t.co/2Ei1HCCJQm— Nancy McInerney (@nancyrotzel) January 13, 2017
DC is community. Multicultural. Progressive. And deserving of full representational & voting rights! D.C. is made up of generations of families, not just short term political operatives. DC is where my son was born. Family. Love.
Neha M., Washington, DC
DC is the crucible of my family. Here I discovered the meaning of love when I fell hard for my wife, I learned the necessity of selflessness upon the birth of our son, and we have all reveled in the deepest joys. The community we have found helped make all this possible, so our hearts will always be tied to this beautifully diverse city.
Nevin Martell [ nevinmartell.com ] [ IG @nevinmartell ] [ Tw @nevinmartell ]
An incredible city in which to bring people of all backgrounds together, get fit, share hugs with strangers 🔜friends & build community! https://t.co/OEfIND5uKm— November Project DCA (@Nov_Project_DCA) January 13, 2017
DC is not just politics, the majority of people think of the government when DC comes to mind but to me, DC is its people, its culture, the great music talent we have. DC is the entrepreneurial spirit of each person that is trying to do what makes them happy. DC is a lot more than just the government.
Nicole Pinedo, Creative Director, Made in the District [ IG @nicolepinedoxo ] [ IG @mitdistrict ] [Tw @mitdistrict ]
DC is a constant source of inspiration, a cultural and creative capital in the middle of an amazing arts renaissance, and an absolutely beautiful place to live, work, and be.
Nicole Capó, Arts Admin + Creative Consultant [ afreehand.co ] [ IG @afreehand.co ]
DC is a collection of tight-knit neighborhoods that are distinct communities. Walk around on a sunny day in DC and you'll stumble across block parties, stoop sales, street festivals, hidden parks, and cozy libraries. And the force behind it all are the bright and caring people who live here, who have nothing to do with the politicians that are sent here from everywhere else.
Nikoo Y. [ www.nikoosphotos.com ] [ IG @nikoosphotos ]
DC is a small town and we are all in it together.
NML_dc, Washington, DC
An incredible city in which to bring people of all backgrounds together, get fit, share hugs with strangers 🔜friends & build community! https://t.co/OEfIND5uKm— November Project DCA (@Nov_Project_DCA) January 13, 2017
DC is people of all backgrounds, life experiences, beliefs, values, and hopes. https://t.co/517wBtKRty— NVRDC (@NVRDC) January 14, 2017
DC is home to history, where Langston Hughes shined, Marvin Gaye sang, and Frederick Douglass philosophized. D.C. is a vibrant and diverse city of artists, musicians, community organizers, world class educators, caring health workers, and health enthusiasts. D.C. is home to hundreds of thousands of people who make peace with mosquitoes and beautiful unearthly florescent sunsets by the riverside.
One Common Unity [ onecommonunity.org ] [ IG @onecommonunity ] [ Tw @OneCommonUnity ]
DC is a place of diversity, where I have gained a free education about music, art, theater, and the human experience of people who are the tapestry of life, value PRICELESS.
Patriciak, Washington, DC
DC is Creativity: incredible art, theater, music, dance, craft and writing talent here collaborating in amazing ways https://t.co/s5C3uCEa1E— Art•Spirit•Nature (@PatriseArt) January 11, 2017
DC is people coming together, creating together, and fighting together for a better world! https://t.co/jRMIPutY5K— Patrick Burnett (@prb493) January 11, 2017
D.C. is fun, educational, beautiful, diverse, close to my family.
Peggy, Washington, DC
DC is a fabulous place to live, love, and eat. 🏡🏳️🌈🍜 https://t.co/fwIKplSGo2— Jane Palmer (@prof_palmer) January 13, 2017
Washington ≠ DC. DC = Chuck Brown, Cool Disco Dan, HR, Ian MacKaye, & all the people that celebrate our vibrant, flowing District. https://t.co/ImTtgxFqW6— Peter Cizmadia (@the_far_country) January 11, 2017
A destination for incredible food, a city with a vibrant mix of world influences. https://t.co/EeJ7ppnFqn— Rose (@_rosecollins) January 11, 2017
DC is home to the fastest improving public schools in the country. https://t.co/PLeWozGqcY— Rachael Brown (@rachaelbrown) January 17, 2017
DC is where people raise their kids, buy groceries, get stuck in traffic, watch TV, & break resolutions to go to the gym more #DCisReal— Rachel Patterson (@racheljpat) January 17, 2017
DC is green, full of parks and trees. https://t.co/JBugUEQEDJ— Rebecca Jabbour (@RSJabbour) January 13, 2017
DC is where on one street, on one night, you can hear live jazz, hip hop, reggae, tango, forro, salsa, blues, griot, pop, edm, iskista, zouk, gospel, kompa, and cumbia - by local musicians.
Remy [ IG @rmmmy ]
Politicians come and go, but we're here to stay. DC is home. #dcisreal— Ryan naughton (@rmnaught) January 12, 2017
Born and raised. Wife and two kids. Mow my lawn. Rake my leaves. NEVER worked in government. #dcisreal— Rob Birgfeld (@robbirgfeld) January 12, 2017
DC is where I was born and raised. Yes, regular people are from DC proper!
Robin G., Washington, DC
DC is a global meeting place of scholars, artists, thinkers, and creators. Where hard work and hustle still lead to seeing your dreams become a reality.
Rose Previte [ www.compassrosedc.com ] [ IG @compassrose_dc ] [ Tw @compassrose_dc ]
DC has welcomed me with open arms. It is a space to live, to think, to create. Most of all, it is H O M E. #DCisREAL— rowan (@rowanslloyd) January 12, 2017
DC is built on passionate communities in art, music, sports, theatre, fitness, & service. 671K folks full of passion https://t.co/Ki5zdQFXge— Ryan Donovan (@rydontweets) January 11, 2017
DC is home. Where my life happens, and thousands of unrepresented tax payers live/work/play.
Ryan P. [ Tw @rtpierce012 ]
DC is the city I know best yet want to know so much better. It's got layers and tangles, stories and community. It's got it all. I'm thankful for everything it's given me... including the inspiration to draw.
RZ [ IG @goodwashington ]
@aCreativeDC is my playground where creativity and inspiration evolves constantly.— Sandross Laude Alim (@SANDrockzzz) January 13, 2017
DC is a city where everyone can be heard. A city rich in diversity of people, cultures, ideas, and opinions.
S.H., Washington, DC
DC is radical.
Samantha M., Washington, DC
DC is a cultural powerhouse. Our innovative cuisine and stunning performance and fine arts reflect the beloved traditions of our vastly unique inhabitants.
Samantha Testa, Owner, Painted Palettes [ paintedpalettes.com ] [ IG @painted_palettes ]
DC is vibrant! The food, culture and art is ever growing and stimulating. As an illustrator, I am constantly pleased by the number of talented artists and illustrators in this city. As a human being, I love the level of diversity found here. So many wonderful things to see and do here without having to spend too much money - cultural festivals, museums, gardens, monuments, food carts, national parks and more!
Samyuktha Krishna [ Tw @samyukthak ]
DC is my adopted home. It's dichotomy in motion: belle-epoque townhomes and glass-encased condos; bureaucracy and creativity; NW and SW, NE and SW; Duke Ellington and Ian MacKaye. It's my "own," but it also collectively belongs to us all.
Sara Morgenstern [ IG @morgensm76 ] [ Tw @morgensm ]
@aCreativeDC DC is magical, historic, energetic,fun, beautiful... DC is home.— Sharenalicia (@Sharenalicia) January 12, 2017
DC is my favorite city in the world and I'm proud to call it home. https://t.co/rtMXz1MItM— Patty Simonton (@simontondc) January 12, 2017
home to so many talented, creative young Black people https://t.co/Ewx0Ap0Rfy— SKYLAR 🌸 (@SkylarSincerely) January 11, 2017
DC is good food, beer, and people. 🍻 https://t.co/ViDlgvvnUs— Soapstone Market (@SoapstoneMarket) January 12, 2017
DC is warm, integrated, alive, and juicy. It oozes with soft smiles on the metro and sings with cool breezes in Rock Creek Park. It takes a beating - and it votes, no matter how little it matters.
SJB [ samjaredbonar.com ] [ IG @scorchedearth ] [ Tw @sampersand ]
DC is where people get me - they have the same interests, but bring in experience from so many backgrounds.
Sofia S., Washington, DC
@aCreativeDC DC is go-go music blaring outside the MetroPCS store on U Street at all hours.— Allan (@soflynolie) January 13, 2017
@aCreativeDC DC is the oil man selling you 'Sex Bombastic' cologne for $20 on the green line at 10pm.— Allan (@soflynolie) January 13, 2017
@aCreativeDC DC is refusing to call the New York Ave area 'NoMa'— Allan (@soflynolie) January 13, 2017
DC is full of love, inspiration, creativity and beauty. Oh and some seriously good food, if you know where to look ;)
Stacey M., Washington, DC
where i go to see bands play; view interesting art; engage with diverse people- all of whom have something to teach. https://t.co/AwpyYLkjXH— Steevo (@exsk8pnk) January 11, 2017
DC is my home! It is where I came of age. The city is full of life, music and creativity outside of the government. It's a chocolate city with a lot of heart and can withstand the changes every four years! Welcome to my little part of the world!!!
Stephanie, Washington, DC
DC is a city with a thriving and diverse arts community which gives ample room for growth and support. It's where people with open minds and open hearts connect through multiple artistic mediums. It's a truly unique experience to be a part of this community.
Stephanie Vadala [ IG @tappety ] [ Tw @tappety ]
DC is an international city, filled with smart, interesting and motivated people, and breathtakingly beautiful and stunning spaces.
Susannah Fogarty [ IG @susyfogs]
DC is full of passion and creativity and entrepreneurship and ambition and intelligence but also tradition and a deep sense of culture and history.
Sweta M. [ IG @smaturu ]
DC is generations. It is the city where my father is buried in the same cemetery as his mother. The city where my parents were born and raised. The city where I came into existence.
Tahirah A.G., Washington, DC
Creative, welcoming, & diverse; THAT is D.C. #DCisReal— Tai T (@taikinasilver) January 12, 2017
DC is a melting pot of so many cultures and creatives, you really have the opportunity here to be who you want to be, express yourself and be acknowledged for it. This is a city of fighters who fight for the things they believe in. There is no other place like it and I love it.
Tenbeete Solomon | TRAP BOB, Visual Artist and Illustrator [ trapbob.com ] [ IG @trapxbob ] [ Tw @trapbob ]
DC is a collection of people from all over the world adding to the community in a way that makes DC truly great. The rest of the country needs to get away from the Mall and realize we're not just the government, but that we have our own unique, diverse and vibrant community and culture.
Thomas G Renkes, Esq. [ IG @MakeItTrizzle ]
DC is southern, full of neighborhoods where there's still a strong porch-sitting culture. DC is home and community and love and respect for difference and so many things I hope my son will take away from being raised here.
Tiffany FitzGerald [ Tw @choccitymama ]
DC is Love. People here love their city, their home, their music, their art, their architecture, their work, their lives. #aCreativeDC— Tom Bridge (@tbridge) January 12, 2017
@aCreativeDC DC is teachers...And students.— Topher Kandik (@TopherTeacher) January 14, 2017
DC is a great place to walk down the street. People are so different from each other and that difference is good. https://t.co/qVkZwbWdse— Tracy Wahl (@Tracy_Wahl) January 13, 2017
DC is what makes me (and so many others who live here!) come alive. ❤️✨ https://t.co/pj07j76jIb— Tyler Calder (@tylerkcalder) January 18, 2017
DC is a place where people live & work & play & make art & raise families & teach & love & die, just like where you are. https://t.co/CwHS1YWeRJ— (((Patrick Flynn))) (@UnknownPenguin) January 12, 2017
DC is full of readers. DC is people who love to learn, to grow, and to make a better world. DC is neighbors who are friends. DC is joyful. https://t.co/fudEv1izZV— Upshur Street Books (@UpshurStBooks) January 12, 2017
DC is an inviting and welcoming place where I have never felt as a foreigner.
Veronica Magan [ IG @veronicamagan ]
DC is my home. It's the place where I go to concerts and where I learned to appreciate a good cocktail.
Victoria H., Washington, DC
DC is rich culture through food, people, art, and history. Where you can have injera before seeing Yoko Ono's Wish Tree. This is our DC. https://t.co/pJEeBIoPM5— vina sananikone (@vinasana) January 14, 2017
DC is alive, and it's contagious. Looking out from the Brixton rooftop, I felt at home for the first time ever. I felt in love. I felt what LIFE feels like. I looked around and saw the same look in other people's eyes, and in that moment, I knew we could all find in DC a place to think, to challenge, to unite, or just to take a load off...and no matter what, we all knew someone else in the District will always have our backs. In DC, we are never alone in our fight, whatever it may be.
Wait! I'll Eat That [ waitilleatthat.com ] [ IG @waitilleatthat ] [ Tw @waitilleatthat ]
DC is everything that is everything. It's acceptance. It's challenge. It's modern Americana where communities rise and bet on the underdog. D.C. is grit and heart, representing all people.
WardOneReprezent, Washington, DC
DC is the fuel to my creativeness, and part of what made me the way I am today https://t.co/doaeuNCbJA— Matthew (@yargwehttam) January 14, 2017
DC is full of fascinating history beyond what you read in a guidebook. From corner to corner, the city is brimming with creative people and hopeful natives who don't care about the perception of DC as a one-industry town. We know better, and I am proud to call myself a native Washingtonian.
Zack Friendly, All Things Go [ www.allthingsgomusic.com ] [ IG @allthingsgo ] [ Tw @allthingsgo ]
DC is becoming my home because it's full of smart, dedicated, and caring people who want to make the world a better place.
Abbie, Washington, DC
@aCreativeDC D.C. is the only place my second-generation D.C. native kids think of as home.— Adrienne Eve Benson (@AEveBenson) January 16, 2017
D.C. is where I and my 3 kids were born. It's school, homework, grocery shopping and our wonderful, messy, daily lives. It's HOME! https://t.co/OISBLskC9l— Adrienne Eve Benson (@AEveBenson) January 16, 2017
DC is home ❤️ https://t.co/9NLjayOPnB— alexandra (@alexandrarowe) January 16, 2017
DC is smart, ambitious, high energy, colorful, and vibrant https://t.co/pZLKC2SnIr— amandahunter (@Ahuntah) January 18, 2017
DC is real! https://t.co/nIXUali2l7— Districtland Show (@5DCMillennials) January 13, 2017