I was born in DC. When I was a toddler my parents moved to Prince George's County, right outside the city. I grew up in PG County, went to college in PG County (go Terps!), moved away for a bit after school but came back about a decade ago and have chosen to raise my child here. PG County often gets a bad rap, and while sometimes it's warranted, you can't judge the whole area by a few bad apples. The best part about living in PG County is the diversity. I lived near and went to school with people of all races, religions, cultures, backgrounds, and economic levels and am happy to have my daughter experience the same.
The second best thing about growing up in PG County? Being exposed to Go-Go! Since we're right on the DC border we experienced all the DC-specific culture and absorbed it like a sponge. I can remember going to one of my first boy-girl parties in middle school and we played “Sardines” by Junkyard Band on repeat at least a dozen times, all dancing and singing along. Every time I hear this song I am transported back to being a tween.
Those not from the DC area may recognize the song from being in the movie Tougher Than Leather.
I recently read an article about DC not having its own culture, that with so many transplants thanks to the government, military, and colleges we're more of a melting pot but I disagree. If you get to know DC past K Street you'll realize the city has a very clear, defined, and unique culture. DC has a different fashion sense, innovative music, art, and food. While I no longer live in the city limits, I still adore DC and am glad I work here so I can come visit every day.
And now I'm craving a half smoke…