History UsefulNotes / WashingtonDC

1st May '18 9:38:41 PM nombretomado
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* The National Mall: [[IThoughtItMeant Not a shopping center]] (hard to come by in the District itself), but that long, grassy area between the Capitol and the Washington Monument. Site of many, many rallies, demonstrations, awareness-marches, etc. Softball fields, where office-based teams play the National Sport. This is SeriousBusiness: House and Senate rivalries are especially intense. Many of the Smithsonian Museums are located alongside the Mall.

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* The National Mall: [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not a shopping center]] (hard to come by in the District itself), but that long, grassy area between the Capitol and the Washington Monument. Site of many, many rallies, demonstrations, awareness-marches, etc. Softball fields, where office-based teams play the National Sport. This is SeriousBusiness: House and Senate rivalries are especially intense. Many of the Smithsonian Museums are located alongside the Mall.
27th Mar '18 6:23:34 PM Lego3400
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* Union Station: It's big. [[TrainStationGoodbye It's a train station]]. It's also a shopping mall. It's where you go to catch the train to [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity That Other City]] (which train can also take you to [[UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} the ones]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}} in between]], or [[UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} another big one far away]], all [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acela_Express really fast]]). Also where you go to take the slower train to take you home to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MARC_Train Maryland]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Railway_Express Virginia]]. Think Grand Central Station (or Penn Station, or, um, [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Union Station]]) and you get the idea.

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* Union Station: It's big. [[TrainStationGoodbye It's a train station]]. It's also a shopping mall. And a Bus Station for long distance buses. It's where you go to catch the train (or bus) to [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity That Other City]] (which train can also take you to [[UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} the ones]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}} in between]], or [[UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} another big one far away]], all [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acela_Express really fast]]). Also where you go to take the slower train to take you home to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MARC_Train Maryland]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Railway_Express Virginia]]. Think Grand Central Station (or Penn Station, or, um, [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Union Station]]) and you get the idea.
8th Feb '18 4:58:09 PM nombretomado
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* The National Museum of Cryptography, located near the massive {{NSA}} complex at Fort Meade, MD.

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* The National Museum of Cryptography, located near the massive {{NSA}} UsefulNotes/{{NSA}} complex at Fort Meade, MD.



If DC is a tale of two cities, then the third part is Virginia, across the Potomac River -- a haven for [[{{NSA}} infotech workers and military]]. This is where the heroes in political and spy thrillers live (If you hear the word "Langley", you immediately think of the CIA). Many north of the Potomac consider it the edge of the [[DeepSouth American South]], at least outside Arlington, which is heavily urbanized (and, perhaps, Alexandria and portions of Fairfax County as well?). Many, if not most, modern [=NoVa-ites=] tend to consider themselves more "Yankee" than anything else, however - much to the chagrin of their southern neighbors in the rest of the state. The Pentagon and both National and Dulles Airports are there, as is the National Reconnaissance Office (the agency controlling America's spy satellites, which is housed in a high-rise, high-security compound near Dulles Airport). Northern Virginia is actually larger than DC, but much more spread out. Refugees from major modern wars (Korean, Vietnam, and all the Middle Eastern conflicts) tend to settle there due to military connections as well as immigrants from many other regions (for example, [=NoVA=] has large Hispanic populations mostly from Central America, including the largest Bolivian American community in the country). Along with the growing number of young urbanites moving into the region, they help [[FriendlyLocalChinatown dilute the old southern influence]].\\

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If DC is a tale of two cities, then the third part is Virginia, across the Potomac River -- a haven for [[{{NSA}} [[UsefulNotes/{{NSA}} infotech workers and military]]. This is where the heroes in political and spy thrillers live (If you hear the word "Langley", you immediately think of the CIA). Many north of the Potomac consider it the edge of the [[DeepSouth American South]], at least outside Arlington, which is heavily urbanized (and, perhaps, Alexandria and portions of Fairfax County as well?). Many, if not most, modern [=NoVa-ites=] tend to consider themselves more "Yankee" than anything else, however - much to the chagrin of their southern neighbors in the rest of the state. The Pentagon and both National and Dulles Airports are there, as is the National Reconnaissance Office (the agency controlling America's spy satellites, which is housed in a high-rise, high-security compound near Dulles Airport). Northern Virginia is actually larger than DC, but much more spread out. Refugees from major modern wars (Korean, Vietnam, and all the Middle Eastern conflicts) tend to settle there due to military connections as well as immigrants from many other regions (for example, [=NoVA=] has large Hispanic populations mostly from Central America, including the largest Bolivian American community in the country). Along with the growing number of young urbanites moving into the region, they help [[FriendlyLocalChinatown dilute the old southern influence]].\\
15th Nov '17 9:08:11 AM wittylibrarian
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* ''Film/TheExorcist'' - you can visit the [[MindYourStep famous steps]].

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* ''Film/TheExorcist'' - you can visit the [[MindYourStep famous steps]].steps]] just [[https://www.google.com/maps/place/%22The+Exorcist%22+Steps/@38.9057076,-77.0701901,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xbd477de4fbf67a80!8m2!3d38.9057076!4d-77.0701901 a few blocks]] from Georgetown University.
3rd Sep '17 5:47:27 PM Malady
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* D.C. has notoriously difficult traffic circles. The explanation is that this in case those [[EvilBrit redcoats]] (or later, just [[DirtyCommunists the Reds]]) ever come back, they'll enter a traffic circle and will be unable to figure out how to leave it, thus keeping them from burning the city. [[TheWarOf1812 Again]].

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* D.C. has notoriously difficult traffic circles. The explanation is that this in case those [[EvilBrit redcoats]] (or later, just [[DirtyCommunists the Reds]]) ever come back, they'll enter a traffic circle and will be unable to figure out how to leave it, thus keeping them from burning the city. [[TheWarOf1812 [[UsefulNotes/WarOf1812 Again]].
22nd Aug '17 5:55:02 PM dpisel01
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22nd Aug '17 5:54:10 PM dpisel01
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* ''Series/1600Penn'': A short-lived NBC sitcom about the First Family and their hijinks.


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* ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'': A spinoff of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' where Cory moves into the White House when his dad gets a job as personal chef to the President of the United States.
22nd Aug '17 5:48:51 PM dpisel01
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* ''Film/TheColorOfFriendship'': Shows a Black congressman and his family playing host to a White South African exchange student in the '70's, during the era of Apartheid.
8th Aug '17 10:09:08 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor'' Though (mostly) not taking place in DC, the lead male character was admitted to Georgetown University, and the movie ends with him at Georgetown, with his girlfriend in tow.

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* ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor'' ''Film/{{The Girl Next Door|2004}}'' Though (mostly) not taking place in DC, the lead male character was admitted to Georgetown University, and the movie ends with him at Georgetown, with his girlfriend in tow.
21st Jun '17 6:58:04 AM AlienCreator799
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* The Empire State Building is the tallest building in Washington.
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